by Joan Ko
If you spend your morning checking your phones, I'm sure you've been sucked into the void of unlimited scrolling time and time again. When you realize that you're already running late for a meeting, and you still haven't had a decent meal all because you've been liking and sharing new videos to your friends–you know you're in for a loooong day. What's worse is that even when you have a neverending to-do list, you still choose to procrastinate and let yourself believe that you can do these things later...tonight...tomorrow. Or never.
We understand too well that when faced with a challenging task, our basic reaction is to wait for the motivation to actually kick in before we start reacting. But whether you need to remove all distractions, use the Pomodoro technique, or go through your planner, there's bound to be a productivity hack to help you get motivated. Combat the procrastination phase and stay on track your daily goals with these simple steps.
1. Reclaim your time.
One of the reasons why we always get trapped into procrastinating is that we always feel that "there is no rush" or "there’ll always be time." Get your calendar out and focus on the things that you need to do and tell yourself to do it NOW. We often put our agendas on-hold when we still have a lot of time left that we tend to totally forget about them and cram at the last minute. Block off a day of the week or a time of the day when you start to do portions of these tasks one at a time. By the time that your deadline approaches, you'll be nearly (if not completely) done with it.
2. Se yourself a realistic goal.
It can be as small as answering all your e-mails by lunch or making it to your Yoga class after work; a goal will help you focus your energies and keep you motivated to finish your project on time. It doesn't have to be immediate–the idea is to start with the basics, so you won't feel too pressured that you'll likely give up before you can even start with the bigger tasks ahead. Knowing why you need to work faster than usual is enough to kick you out of the slump you may be feeling in order to stay productive throughout the day.
3. Consider changing your environment.
If your work desk makes you want to curl up and snooze instead of work, change things up a bit! Your environment should be stimulating enough to make you feel inspired to work and still relaxing enough that you can still work comfortably. One effective way to do this is by keeping your work desk as organized as you can at all times. Putting motivational quotes or your favorite photos can also work wonders.
4. Get enough sleep!
You always hear this from every inspirational videos and health articles, but getting 7 to 8 hours of good sleep at night can decrease the laziness that kicks in from time to time. You'll have more energy to get through the tasks right away if you've allowed your body to recover and recharge the night before. When you also decrease the amount of time you stay up late, you'll be able to kickstart your morning earlier giving you enough time to do what it is you need to do.
5. Find out what makes you procrastinate.
Identifying the problem will give you the solution. Knowing where and how you've been spending all of your time can really help you track down what triggers you so you can avoid them. List down insignificant activities as well like how much you spend chatting with your BFF or picking your outfit for the day so you don't miss out on anything. You might be surprised to know how much these small amounts of time can turn into a big figure you could've used in more pressing matters.
Try to commit to these baby steps and see how effective it is to let you get over the feeling of not wanting to do something. Remember, the best way to stop procrastinating is to get something done.
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