Some days you may find it super easy to breeze through your To-Do List while during others you can’t help but wonder why it takes so long for one minute to pass.
They say being organised is the key to a stress-free work day, however even when you tackle one task at a time, procrastination is one of those things that can creep up on you when you least expect it and make you feel useless, unmotivated and plain bored.
It’s fair to say that one can’t expect every day to be an uber-productive one in which you’re able to focus effectively – you’re human, not a robot. Also, if you’ve just wrapped up a busy work day, week or finally completed a deadline, it’s natural for the focus and energy to flake a bit. However, if one day after another you struggle to focus on any one thing and you can’t seem to stop procrastinating, you may want to reassess a few of your daily habits when it comes to completing tasks at work. Here are a few simple strategies to help you reign in the focus and get back to doing one thing at a time.
How to stop procrastinating and get things done
1. Use visual tricks to continuously remind yourself of your priority
This may sound deceivingly simple… because it is! If you know what your number one priority is and remind yourself of why that’s the case, it’s easier to focus on it. If you’re questioning what you’re doing or why, you’ll struggle to commit your undivided attention to it. Instead of becoming frustrated or uninterested in the task at hand, step back, take a breath and remind yourself of what you’re trying to achieve.
You can try placing a Post-It note on your desk as a visual aid to bring your focus back when you’re trying to avoid procrastinating. Also, de-cluttering your work space can help you feel like you aren’t drowning and can help fight those feelings of wanting to put things off because you feel so overwhelmed. Little tricks like these can be a huge help.
2. Get rid of notifications and distractions
The phone is the biggest hindrance when you’re trying to focus and get things done. Notifications, alerts, pings and dings pop up often and divert your attention. Try turning off your notifications, or putting your phone away in your bag or drawer on silent if you can, to help you set the right environment to tackle your number one priority. Set yourself to succeed by only having one thing, the most important thing, in front of you.
3. Set a personal deadline
There’s nothing like the pressure of a looming deadline to get things done. Whether you work in an office or work from home, you can set certain tricks to make sure you meet your schedule. For example, if you have a column to hand in before 3pm on Wednesday, prep a friend to call you at 3pm to make sure you’ve delivered, or better yet, schedule a meeting or a coffee with someone after your deadline. That means you really have to finish it on time if you want to be on time to meet up. Having somebody who holds you accountable for your priority can help you focus on that one task that day.
These tips may seem incredibly simple, however sometimes it’s the most simple things that are the most difficult to achieve and conquer. So make sure you are mindful of your priority and your work environment in order to avoid procrastination and finally achieve what you set out to do. You got this.