Even though we know that procrastination kills our productivity, sometimes, we can't help but fall into the trap of postponing work in favour of doing anything else. And after avoiding the work for hours or even days, we try to cram and finish everything in one sitting. While the adrenaline rush can work for some, most of us won't respond well to the pressure. The result? We end up creating something mediocre or worse, not complete the task at all. All hope is not lost, though, because there's still something we can do. We need to break certain habits that lead to procrastination. Keep reading to know what they are and how you can quit them now.
Working in your bedroom
The problem with working in your bedroom is the impulse to get cosy in bed. And once you do, soon enough you'll start feeling sleepy and will most probably take a nap that may turn into deep sleep. Before you know it, time is lost. It's not a matter of willpower; your brain is already programmed to see your bedroom as the place for relaxation so it will definitely be harder to concentrate no matter what you do. Accomplish your work somewhere else like in cafes, or better yet, finish your tasks in the office so you won't have to do them at home.
Peeking at social media
Once you've settled into your new workplace, the next thing you should do is put your phone on airplane mode and put it inside your bag. This way, you won't be tempted to check social media notifications. We've all been guilty of mindlessly scrolling Instagram or Facebook when we're supposed to be working. So it's better to get rid of the temptation altogether. Just concentrate on what you have to do now; those new posts can wait.
Getting distracted by your environment
Each one of us has a different idea of what's an ideal working environment. Some love having ambient music while others need to be in a quiet place to do their best work. In any case, prepping your workplace to become conducive to work is important for utmost concentration. Find your ideal working set-up by exploring different spaces. If you're in the creative field, you might want a place that has natural light, minimal human movement and some stimulating instrumental music to keep the ideas flowing.
Feeling overwhelmed by huge tasks
Huge projects can be intimidating and they can feel daunting to start. A clear strategy on how to tackle them can ease the anxiety that comes with accomplishing large projects. In order to not feel overwhelmed, break down a big assignment into little tasks. It also helps to create a work schedule to monitor your progress and anticipate delays. Remember to take things one step at a time.
Taking too many commitments
Whether it's your social life or career, you must always keep your commitments in check. A fully-booked calendar is certainly exciting but you run the risk of spreading yourself too thin or backing out from several engagements at the last minute. It's better to devote your time and energy to a few tasks than to disappoint people that are counting on you or turn in half-baked outputs.
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