How to Overcome Procrastination at Work and Increase Productivity
Are you someone that is always waiting until the last minute to take care of tasks and pushing off deadlines at work? If you’re suffering from a case of chronic procrastination, there are several ways that you can overcome this predicament and lead a happier, less stressful life.
If you want to overcome procrastination at work, here are several effective tactics to put into practice:
- Know the time of day when you’re most productive. We all have our own optimal time of day when we’re the most focused to complete tasks, whether it’s first thing
in the morning or late in the evening. When you’re aware of the time of day when your “work mojo” is flowing, schedule your day to maximize productivity during these hours.
- Avoid multitasking. When you have a lot on your plate, it’s tempting to assume you can take on several tasks at once. In reality, you’ll make your way down your “to do” list faster by taking care of one task at a time.
- Establish a routine. While routines may seem mundane, the most productive people usually have a rigid routine that they follow on a daily basis. When creating your
routine, be cognizant of your most productive time of the day and plan accordingly. Establishing a routine will help to hold you accountable to completing deadlines on time and define your daily workflow.
- Find an accountability buddy. When you have looming deadlines, having a weekly discussion with your “accountability buddy” about your progress and what still needs to be accomplished will help you to stay on the path and reach your goals.
- Determine your top three daily priorities. The tasks on your daily to-do list can quickly add up. However, by determining your top three daily priorities when you begin the day will help you get more done and finish big projects at a faster pace.
- Embrace the Pomodoro Technique. You most likely have a number of smaller tasks to complete throughout the day, and an effective way to push through these tasks is to use the Pomodoro Technique. With this strategy, you’ll work in 25-minute blocks of time to complete tasks in a short period of time.
Procrastination is not always a bad thing. In fact, some people thrive on procrastination. However, using the tactics above can help motivate you and increase your productivity.