Mark Twain is quoted as saying “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” While some people seem to always overcome the daily grind, Twain’s remark is that of a true procrastinator. Everyone pushes things off a little bit, but when prioritization turns into constant procrastination it can be a problem that causes you to miss important dates and deadlines.
So, how bad is your tendency to procrastinate? It’s hard to objectively answer that question – but it only takes a few minutes to get an answer from this procrastination test. It’s really quick; there is no need to put it off. Whether your procrastination problem turns out to be big or small, it can be changed, and we’ve gathered the best tips.
10 ways to become more organized and stop procrastinating today!
1) Create a to-do list – Write down everything that needs to get done, even tasks that you have previously decided to ignore.
2) Keep it simple – Only take on tasks that are manageable and it will be easier to motivate yourself to begin.
3) Use a whiteboard – This easy to use and easy to clean visual aid is a good place to track progress of projects, and remind yourself of important dates and deadlines so you have no excuses.
4) Take human bites – Make manageable tasks even easier on by breaking them down. Want to clean out your desk? Work on one drawer at a time.
5) Do the worst first – Tackle the least desirable task first. Accomplishing so much so quickly will give you momentum.
6) Time yourself – Estimate how long it will take to complete any given assignment, and only allow yourself that much time. Knowing time is limited will prevent you from dilly-dallying i.e. procrastinating.
7) Pretend you’re not home – Turn off your phone so you won’t be tempted to answer any calls or start tweeting. Stay focused on the task at hand.
8) Make it fun – Keep yourself in good spirits. Play your favorite music, and enjoy a refreshing beverage while you work.
9) Keep your eyes on the prize – Not procrastinating and successfully completing a task deserves a reward! Plan a treat for yourself in advance to give you something nice to work toward.
10) Forgive yourself – Do not punish yourself if you end up procrastinating. Keep trying to improve.
Fight Procrastination Day is September 6th, and these 10 steps can effectively help you stop procrastinating. But, the longer you wait to start the harder it will become. Do at least step 1 of this list right now and you will begin to feel good about ending your procrastination habit! Also, check out Quartet® boards designed to help you think, organize, communicate and collaborate, which are all useful skills in fighting procrastination.
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