It’s more fun to be productive than to procrastinate, right?!
Being productive and doing a lot of things in a short amount of time is something that could feel exhilarating at the end of the day. But it’s not always as easy to do. Procrastination, or delaying or avoiding doing things that one should be doing, is something that we all do from time to time. Scroll down to see how to avoid procrastination!
1. Let it out
The first thing to do is to write down all the things that you know you should be doing on a piece of paper, so that it will be easier to sort out and prioritize. Also write out your thoughts about the tasks that you should be doing to know why you are avoiding to do it.
2. Analyze your thoughts
After writing everything down, we now can read through them and pinpoint why you are avoiding the those things that you have to do. Usually it boils down to three reasons; either you think it is too difficult, you’re scared to do it or you are just being lazy. Most of the time it’s the latter, though.
3. Make promises
Now that you know the reasons why you are avoiding doing your work that needs to be done, you can make promises with yourself to deal with it and to find a way to tackle that task immediately.
4. Stop blaming
It’s easy to blame other people and things when procrastinating. For example you can blame your co-worker for talking to you while you need to be working or blaming how addictive Candy Crush is as you’re playing it instead of doing your work. Just put your phone away and politely tell your co-worker that you have work to do. It’s all in your hands!
5. No excuses
When procrastinating, it’s very common to tell yourself and people around you this lie: “I work best under pressure.” We all know that is just an excuse to keep putting off doing things that could have been done in a short amount of time.
So, what are you waiting for? Make no procrastination your new year’s resolution for 2015!