“Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.”
– Michael Landon
We’ve all done it at some point in our lives – had an important task to complete and yet have done everything in our power to waste as much time as possible, on absolutely nothing, and leave it all until the last minute when in actual fact, if we’d started when we set out to start, we could have already been finished. Thanks to the internet and modern technology, it has never been easier to procrastinate than right now. One minute you could be researching information on your latest business report or project, and the next thing you know, you’ll be on the internet looking at success quotes, motivational posters, and funny images of animals. Procrastination makes life difficult when it needn’t be, yet unfortunately it’s far harder to overcome than many people realise. Some days you’ll begin work first thing in the morning, you’ll get your head down, and you’ll power through, getting as much done as possible in a relatively short amount of time. Other days however, you’ll begin work later, you’ll struggle to get motivated, you’ll constantly keep taking breaks, and before you know it, several hours have passed and you’ve done very little. Here are 3 simple ways to help you stop procrastinating.
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Complete the difficult jobs first – It doesn’t matter which jobs you have to complete, some will be easy, and some will be either difficult, or time consuming and tedious. Most people will begin with the easy and simple jobs first, but that isn’t always practical. Putting off hard tasks and jobs as long as possible is futile – you know they need doing, so you may as well do as some of the stop procrastination quotes suggested ” Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him“. Also, by tackling the hard tasks first, you get added peace of mind because you know that once they’re done, you’re left with the easy and simple jobs.
Give yourself small rewards for hitting targets – Say you do have a long report or document to type up, rather than simply doing a little bit here and there, you should instead aim to complete it as soon as possible, in as few amount of sittings as possible. To help stop yourself from wasting time, set yourself small rewards for hitting targets. If you are desperate to watch your favourite movie or TV show for example, say that once you’ve managed to type up 2000, 4000, 6000 etc amount of words, then you get to relax and unwind, but not a second before.
Split difficult tasks into smaller ones – If you do have a 10,000 word document that needs creating in seven days time for example, those 10,000 words will look incredibly daunting and the whole task will seem as if it will take forever. If however, you set yourself a target of just 2500 words each day, those 2500 words will be completed pretty quickly, and four days later your 10,000 word document will be ready, leaving you 3 days to edit, add to it if need be, and simply relax, safe in the knowledge that the hard part is now complete, with days to spare.
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