Donnerstag, 7. Juli 2016

Don’t put off until tomorrow... – How to deal with procrastination

Surely, you can relate – you know how important the task you are about to start is, but you still can’t bring yourself to actually start it. Instead, you rather catch up on the news or check your social media profiles (if you are allowed to do so at your company, that is). Or you distract yourself with other tasks that are wholly unrelated to what you were actually supposed to do: you suddenly realize that you have to clean out your desk drawer or the shelf behind you. The result is the same. Your productivity level drops. We’ll tell you what you can do about it!

1. Start right away! According to the 72-hour-rule, the chances of you starting a task that you’ve been previously putting off for more than three days diminish to 1%. It’s best not to wait for that long.

2. Start with the most unpleasant/ difficult task! After you’ve finished that one, your motivation will soar and you’ll be looking forward to the more pleasant tasks ahead.

3. Plan your workday according to your tasks! Many are experiencing difficulties in starting a specific task, because they lack an overview and mistakenly assume they have too many things on their plate. Take care to plan your working day in advance and repeat that plan to yourself wehenever you need to.

4. Split your tasks! Does the sheer complexity of your task make you feel insecure? Split it up into more manageable chunks and work through them step by step.

5. Prioritize! You have more than one task to care of? Then decide whether you really have to power through all of them by yourself. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks or to ask your colleagues for help. You are only human, after all, and there are limits to what you can do.

6. Visualize yor success! Sometimes, all it takes is a little boost of motivation to inspire you to achieve more. Take a look on your extremely well organized to-do-list. On it, you’ll notice that a lot of your tasks are already marked/ checked off as finished. You’ve accomplished quite a lot, haven’t you?

7. Reward yourself for your accomplishments! Do you know the best way to stay motivated? It’s rewards! Plan for a little reward everytime you accomplish one task or reach one goal. It doesn’t have to be anything big, oftentimes just the thought of savoring a piece of your favorite chocolate after finishing is all it takes to keep you going.

8. Take advantage of your most productive phases! It doesn’t matter whether it is early in the morning or rather later in the afternoon – we all have our phases of high productivity. Use them to accomplish as many of your goals as possible.

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