Most people often think that they have a lot of time in their hands to the point of setting aside important work that needs to be done. The insensitivity for time always leads to procrastination and unproductiveness. There are a lot of ways to avoid this and in getting better with your goals. Here are some simple but effective ways to stop procrastination and be productive.
Use your time wisely
Doing your work earlier than the deadline is always a good practice. It will give you more time to do other things. However, finishing the task early doesn’t mean that you have enough time to relax and slack from your other tasks.
Managing your time is very important but religiously following your time schedule is crucial. Don’t be confident that you are able to finish a task on time. Remember this – time flies fast, extra time is expensive and later is not always better.
Remove all distractions
When you are on the brink of a tight deadline, the need to focus and concentrate is very difficult. It is hard to do something when you are being bugged by the constant ticking of the clock, the activities around you and other trivial things that distracts you from what you are supposed to be doing.
The best thing that you can do to regain your focus is to remove all the possible distractions. Find a place that is most conducive for you to work. Putting your phone on silent mode or turning it off for a few minutes won’t harm. Logging off and closing all social networking sites on your browser will be a big help.
Make a list of all the tasks that you need to accomplish
List down all you need to do whether for today, for the week or for the whole month. Sort them according to urgency and importance.
Doing this will not only help you to be organized, it will also give you the general picture of the amount of work that you need to accomplish. Having a proper mindset of the whole workload will allow you to analyze the situation and make a proper allocation of time on each task. It will also lessen the time of thinking what to do next, as this list will serve as your guide.
Furthermore, seeing that you are accomplishing some of the tasks in your list will give you enough motivation to move forward and continue.
Take a pause
If you are already in a hell of crammed schedule and tight deadlines, the best thing to do is to take a pause. Doing the task directly while your mind is still in chaos from all the pressure will do you no good. You will just waste time on thinking hard what to do.
Breathing in and out as well as closing your eyes for seconds or a minute will help you to calm and think clearly. Once you’re calm, you will be able to think and analyze the situation properly.
Drinking water before doing an urgent task will help you relax. It will help you stimulate your brain as it will have enough water to sustain a rigorous task. Moreover, drinking water will help you calm. You may also want to have coffee or tea while doing your task to keep you awake while working.
Best time to start
There is no better time to start but right now. Sense of urgency is always important when doing things. It does not only help you finish a task on time or earlier, it will also give you enough time to do other things. So stop doing things that are not important and focus immediately on what needs to be done.