Are you struggling with procrastinating at work? Maybe you get an assignment you’re not excited about, or have an ongoing task that is less than thrilling. And so the task slips, then slides, all the way to the bottom of your to-do list.
Here’s how to increase your productivity in the face of procrastination:
1. Get clarification
Often procrastination is a side effect of not knowing exactly what needs to be done. Don’t delay action just because you’re missing information. Get clear on exactly what you’re supposed to do. Figure out the desired end result and whether there are preferred formats or processes you should use to get there.
Getting your least favorite activities out of the way is a great way to avoid procrastination. Try doing your least preferred activities at the start of each day and at the beginning of each week. Getting tasks done right away will give you a sense of relief and achievement, and will take the pressure off the rest of your workload.
3. Or, try the easiest
If you’re really having a hard time moving forward on a difficult priority, try going against conventional wisdom and do the easy tasks first. When you gain momentum by crossing things off your list it can help give you the confidence to tackle the harder tasks. It doesn’t matter which task you complete first, completing any of them will help you increase your productivity.
4. Set a repetitive schedule
“When you get in the habit of repeating something at the same time on the same day week after week, it will become second nature. Your mind won’t have a chance to procrastinate what is ingrained in your calendar,” reminds USNews.com writer Rebecca Thorman.
5. Take a break
You may think the best way to avoid procrastination is to keep your fingers on the keyboard and your eyes on the screen, but this is not always true. Employees generally need to detach from their work and their work space to recharge their internal resources, so taking a break can actually increase productivity for many employees.
It’s common for employees to get bogged down by procrastination. These five tips will help you stop procrastinating and start increasing your productivity.
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