Procrastination is the root of all evil. More often than not, we find ourselves on Netflix instead of getting our work done. The television becomes more important than what our boss assigned us. If you ever wondered how to fight these temptations, we’ve got you covered.
Here are some quick tips.
1) Make a to-do list
This is the only obvious thing mentioned on this list. We can’t remember everything we have to get done during the day. A to-do list will help you track your performance. It will also help you realize what your strengths and weaknesses are.
2) Use your smart phone’s alarm clock
Every smart-phone has an alarm clock app built-in. Using your to-do list, you can set-up alarms to remind yourself of what you have to get done throughout the day. For instance, if emailing clients is something you have to get done on your to-do list, then you should add it to your alarm clock. This way, you’ll know when something has to get done.
3) Change your location
Some people may be able to get work done in their own rooms. Most people cannot. There are just too many distractions at home- your refrigerator, your television and sometimes even your neighbors. You need a space where you can totally focus. Some spaces that have worked for us: the library, Starbucks and even Barnes and Nobles. If you’re in a studious environment, it’ll be a lot easier to focus.
4) Procrastinate wisely
If you can’t help yourself and end up on Youtube, watch the right youtube videos. Instead of watching bloopers and people making fools of themselves, watch self help videos. Watch tutorials on your relevant industry. We all procrastinate eventually. The key is to procrastinate intelligently.
5) Track your performance
Now that you have a to-do list and an alert system on your phone, it’s time to track your performance. How many things were scratched off on your to-do list? What held you back? Did changing your location make a difference? Once you gather this data, you can switch things up for optimization. If you notice that going to Barnes and Nobles helps you scratch more things off your to-do list, then go there more often.
6) Listen to Classical Music.
Listening to classical music has been proven to make people smarter. Click here to check out our article on how music can change your whole perception on your tasks.