Procrastination. Everyone is guilty of procrastinating once in a while.
You put off doing that one important task in favour of washing the dishes, doing the laundry, or playing a game. We all have some form of procrastination activity, but it’s the enemy of productivity and in business, there’s no time for it.
I’m a terrible procrastinator, and I hate it. So over time, I’ve tried to find ways to be productive and also to FEEL more productive.
There’s a plethora of books and articles that will tell you how to be more productive but a lot of the time those tips don’t work for me.
And even when I’m being productive I often don’t feel like I am.
Now I’m not saying what works for me will work for you but here’s what I’ve found helps:
When I have a checklist to mark off I’m able to tell if I’ve been productive and that in turn encourages me to be more productive.
It also works as a bit of a pseudo-reward, I love that feeling of accomplishment when I mark off a task.
There’s an App for that
And of course, in this technological age, there’s an array of apps for monitoring productivity and encouraging productivity.
Personal I’ve got two apps on my phone and a separate program on my laptop for this and I find them so helpful in avoiding procrastination.
My favourite is Habitica which a friend recommended as a way of tracking productivity.
It’s super helpful in that it’s designed to be a little like an RPG (Role Playing Game). You get experience points and coins for completing tasks so you go up in levels and can purchase new equipment for your avatar.
For me, this format is really encouraging. It feels familiar and even though the rewards are simply virtual I find them a great incentive for upping my productivity.
Forced time offline
Social Media and the Internet, in general, are some of the biggest tools for procrastination.
We’ve all had that moment where we go to check something on Facebook and then, one hour later, we haven’t gotten anything done. That’s why it’s so important to be able to take time off.
Although often times your work may require you to remain a little plugged in – emails need checking, research needs to be done etc.
For that reason, I’ve made blocking apps a part of my work habit. When I really need to buckle down and focus I turn on the apps and block off all access to social media.
Removing the temptation is a great way to push forward. If I slip up (and I do sometimes) I just get a pop-up that says the site is blocked – a great deterrent!
I’d love to hear about your productivity secrets, so leave me a comment.