Five Easy Ways To Boost your Productivity and Defeat Procrastination
Procrastination is the thief of time – as the popular saying goes. Nothing can be truer than this. Whenever you say to yourself “I’ll do it later” you’re depriving yourself of the satisfaction and pleasure of a task completed in time. That’s why we also say “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” Easier said than done… That is why people are in constant search of techniques that can help them overcome procrastination both at work and in their personal lives. The truth is, when you get things done in time, you feel a lot less stressed and live a happier life. But how do you get to boost your productivity? Here are a few tips to assist you.
Begin every day with a short meditation
It is important that you begin your day on a fresh note. An effective way to do this is de-cluttering your mind by laying or sitting on the ground for a few minutes in utter silence. The essence of this practice is to calm your mind by picturing something like a blank slate. Once a worrying thought pops in your head, just notice it, and go back to imagining your blank slate. You can use other images, like a clear blue sky or the ocean. This action is useful because it affects your response to stressing situations or thoughts that you encounter as you go through your day: you can just turn your attention to this peaceful state. This calmness can help you cope with your daily tasks with less stress, thus you will feel less overwhelmed by them, and won’t need to procrastinate as much.
Write down your thoughts
Do you keep diaries? If you don’t, maybe it’s time you kept one. Whatever your thoughts are, worries, joys, fears, current happenings, or tasks that need to get done, you should put them into writing. Writing your thoughts down helps get stuff out of your head for a moment and stores them up for reference. If you write down your thoughts or worries, in the near future they might begin to make sense to you, even if they don’t at the moment. Writing can also help you better understand and appreciate your relationships, experiences, and many other important aspects of your life.
Create a to-do list
Another easy way to help yourself get things done is to make a list of your tasks. The motivation in making a to-do list is the joy you feel when you begin to strike your accomplishments off the list. Another useful aspect is being realistic. When you write everything down, it’s easier to see just how unrealistic our expectations from ourselves can be. Most people make lists with things that they know their chances of getting done are slim. Do not set yourself up for failure. Ensure that the elements on your to-do list are achievable under the stipulated time frame. Note that a very long list might be intimidating and make you even more discouraged. Highly productive people usually don’t have huge to-do lists. They set smaller targets and these regular small results accumulate into huge achievements over time.
Focus on the moment
When you lose motivation due to happenings around you and want to get it right back, you have to refocus on your reality. Come right back from drifting away and focus on what you can see, feel, hear, taste, and smell. This will help your brain focus on the tools you have at hand and how to make better use of them. It is also a great way to overcome anxiety and calm your mind.
Prioritize your Tasks
When you make a list, place the tasks according to their levels of importance and of urgency. The tasks that are more important to you and the ones with a more pressing deadline should be on the top. Whether it is a task at work, visiting a friend you haven’t seen in a while or attending your son’s football game, the things that are more important should be dealt with first. Otherwise, you might find yourself wasting time on easier yet less gratifying tasks, and at the end of the day, you’ll still feel like you’ve accomplished nothing.
Defeating procrastination is not an easy feat. It takes a lot of determination and hard work, as well as time and discipline. You should give yourself a deadline to achieve a particular thing or get it done daily and then allocate time for rest or reward. It’s ok if it takes time to change your ways – old habits die hard. The important thing is to find out what works for you and practice it daily, and to be patient with yourself!
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