Everyone struggles with procrastination. They can get distracted by the smallest thing, and before they know it, hours have passed, and no work has been completed. This has become even more prominent with the introduction of remote working, where people are in their own homes and can have partners, children, or house jobs they’ve been putting off readily available to distract them.
So, how can you stay focused and productive?
Create A To Do List
Write a list of everything you need to do that day. What needs doing first? Prioritise your list, know what needs doing immediately, and what you can possibly leave if you run out of time. This will prevent you from ‘forgetting’ about any unpleasant tasks. Designate specific times to complete each job will help you keep on track of your goals.
Break Your Tasks Down
Each job you have listed, break them down into smaller, more doable tasks. This will make them seem easier and more achievable. They will feel less overwhelming and manageable. You can focus on the first small task and complete it, before moving on to the next.
If you set yourself a solid deadline, you are more likely to complete your tasks and tick jobs off the to do list. This will keep you on track of your goals and leave you little time to procrastinate. Ensure your timelines are robust, and that if you miss one, it will jeopardise the rest of your work.
Know When You Are Most Productive
Identify when you are most effective. Do you function better in the morning, afternoon, or evening? Prioritise your workload around the times where you do your best work. This will help you focus better, and you’ll be less inclined to procrastinate than when you force yourself to work at times you aren’t productive.
Give Yourself A Break
Procrastination generally stems from either finding a task unpleasant or a feeling of being overwhelmed. It is important to give yourself a break to prevent you from feeling exhausted. Regular breaks away from the computer screen, whether you have a cup of tea, a cigarette, or go for a short walk, you need to take five or ten minutes between each task. This will help you recharge, reset, and refresh before your next job.