Procrastinating has become one of the main issues I have had to encounter over the past few years.
Unfortunately, it is easier said than done when it comes to preventing yourself from doing it.
That is because we as humans are programmed do so.
Whenever a task is too daunting, or quite frankly we can’t be bothered to work, we will procrastinate instead of doing something productive.
For most people, this can be daydreaming, watching TV, browsing endlessly through social media and more.
The last one of those especially seems to be my downfall.
But anyway, today I would like to go over some straightforward ways that you can implement into your life to stop you from losing concentration of your work.
1. Think Long Term Instead Of Short Term
Firstly we have the mindset change that you can make which will help you decrease the time you procrastinate.
When we look at tasks, we often think it will take too long to complete, or even I would rather do x activity instead.
We all want instant results; we are looking for that instant gratification.
That is why not everyone succeeds in what they do and may never find success with this attitude.
E.g. you run a blog, you have a ton of ideas to write about however you never write anything.
Well guess what your situation won’t change, and tomorrow you will be in precisely the same position.
That is why you have to change your mentality to more long term instead of short term.
If you think if I act and work on this each day this week and be consistent, then I am bound to be in a better position next week.
And you can apply that every week, this is a great way to stop procrastination as you will feel more motivated to work knowing that it will benefit you more in the long run.
2. Change Setting
You can also change your setting to get more things done.
If you are in an environment that is distracting, then you are more likely to stare into space and do nothing.
Let’s say you have an essential paper to complete and you have been putting off which of the two is better.
1) Living room – with a TV, furniture, maybe other people, pictures on the wall
2) Empty Spare room – One table with blank walls
Despite the empty room is the best way to concentrate you may still procrastinate because you are bored maybe however you are much more unlikely to do so with nothing around to distract you.
3. Turn Your Phone Off (Or Any Devices)
Phones are designed to keep people hooked, and with the variety of apps you can download on them it’s making it harder for the average user to get off them.
If you have a phone, you are going to struggle with this as you may be going on it multiple times a day.
I know at one point I was going on it once every 15 minutes at least, which was very unhealthy for me looking back.
Nowadays I have cut my phone time and is as positively affected my work production.
So for you, if you can turn your phone off for a little while when you are trying to do complete something, then you are less likely to have an urge to use it.
4. Changing Your Routine
Some of you may be confused at this one but changing your routine is an excellent way to have a more productive day and limit your procrastinating.Whether that is getting up early, taking a walk somewhere or just doing different activities within the local concentration when it comes to doing your homework.That is something I have gone through first-hand. When I’ve gone days without doing anything or changing a lot, I will end up getting bored quickly.That means my productivity levels have suffered.So the best way to combat this is just by mixing it up. So if you are trying to complete something you can work on it for 30 minutes, take a break, then work on it for another 30 minutes. You get the idea.
5. Write Daily Goals
What I recommend to anyone trying to get things done without wasting time is to set themselves daily goals each day.Preferably small goals, this will make it much easier for you to achieve them.What I used to do is challenge myself to get so much done in the day that it would be quite overwhelming. I would find myself completing nothing as I set myself too big a task.So if you can set yourself small and achievable goals, then you’re going to be not only more likely to achieve them but a lot more productive.
For me, these five tips are helped me to improve productivity and stop procrastination during the day.As an entrepreneur, you need to make the most of all the time if you want to achieve your goals need to make sure you’re not wasting precious time in your day.Let me know how you feel about my list, is there any other tips you implement into your day. If so let me know in the comments section below.Speak soon,Josh