While I purposely didn’t set any resolutions in this new year, I am working on breaking a new bad habit each month. This month’s focus is all about productivity. And one of my biggest productivity killers is procrastination. So I wrote out these five ways to help me stop procrastinating and get more done this year.
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My 5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating
List Out Major Tasks
During my morning routine, I make sure to write out my top tasks for the day. I invested in a cute notebook that I keep next to my bed. While I drink my morning cup of water, I take a few moments to get my thoughts on paper.
Stop believing the lie that multitasking makes you more productive. We live in a society that makes us feel like we never work hard enough. But the truth is, when we multitask, it takes us longer to get things done.
Instead, I pick one task from the list I wrote in the morning, and I tackle that one thing with a singular focus. Not only do I complete it more quickly, but I am also generally more accurate, and I produce a better product.
Set a Time Limit
I struggle the most with perfectionist procrastination, where I stall from finishing something because I worry that my work is not perfect. I had to let go of the idea of “perfect”; there is no such thing.
Instead, I set a reasonable time limit to complete the task. And when the time is up, I review my work and submit. I don’t give myself the chance to read it over and over, multiple times.
Pro Tip: Be careful with this piece of advice. While we do not want to spend forever on a task, we also want to produce quality work. If your timer goes off, and your gut is telling you the task is not complete, please take more time on it. But if you are done, and you’re just being overly critical, stop it. You are only hurting yourself by not trusting your talents.
Set a Reward
In addition to a time limit, I also give myself a reward or incentive to get the task done quickly and efficiently. I tell myself, “as soon as I finish this, I can read the next chapter in my book.” Or if I get bored easily by the task, I try to do that first, so my incentive can be moving on to start the task I am actually excited to tackle.
Take a Break
Once I am done, I take a short break! I take the time to check the task off my list, and I congratulate myself on getting it done.
What do you do to help you stop procrastinating?