Procrastinating could easily be the sweetest thing in the world, if deadlines did not exist. With a mountain-like load of work waiting to crush you under its weight, you cannot afford to waste time. Here are some simple steps that will help keep you focused during the day.
1. Evaluate Your Actions
The first step to correct your procrastinating tendencies is to ascertain the activities that tempt you to distraction. Do you check your email more than often? Do you spend your productive office hours aimlessly surfing the web? Do you spend too much time doodling when you should be writing? Once you know your evils, you will find the initiative to keep away from these activities.
2. Break it Down
Create a schedule that allows ample time for work and play, such that it does not end up overburdening you. Procrastination begins with mental picture of having too much to do. Work for some time and then do something fun to take your mind off things. Juxtaposing hard work with leisurely activities will help keep you from wasting time.
3. Avoid Distractions
You don’t need to constantly check your phone for emails, or missed calls when you should be busy working. Avoid all distractions if you want to be able to focus on your work. Assign time to check your email and let your answering machine or voice mail take your messages. Eliminating these distractions will help provide an hour or two for productive use.
4. Organise Your Desk
A lot of unsolicited laziness arises from cluttered work environments. Cluttered work tables consume a lot of energy to clean and thus give way to laziness. Organise your table in such a way that each and every thing is in its rightful place, so that when you need something, you will not need to rummage your entire office space for it.