Every single person at least once in a lifetime has been in a situation when a lot of important things are waiting to be done and the deadlines are burning but instead of working that person is cleaning, cooking, reading irrelevant articles, organizing the bookshelf, scrolling the social media, planning next year holidays or doing any other thing that is not necessary. This running away from important tasks is called procrastination.
We are all familiar with the situation when we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it is too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, and hiding from work can develop into a chronic habit that might ruin your career and personal life. As a result, it is important to follow some simple rules to keep the control in your hands.
Organize the Process
The beginning of procrastination comes from the subconscious. When the whole task seems too complicated, we find the work too overwhelming, as a result, the fear of not be able to do the tasks comes up and unintentionally makes us postpone the work and run away from the responsibilities. The tip to avoid such fear is breaking down the whole process into smaller goals and divide these goals into very simple short tasks. Also, it is very important to focus on one task at the time. The ability of multitasking is great, but it causes a lot of stress that might end up as tiredness and procrastination.
Schedules and Time Planning
After you set your goals, create a timeline to complete them. You have to define the exact amount of time when you are working and when having breaks. For example, you can set a timer for one hour and keep working for that hour while being 100% focused. When the timer is over, then set another one for 15 minutes and have a break when you go out of your working space. The key to success is to repeat this process honestly without any distractions and excuses.
Another important thing is to set yourself clear and strict deadlines. Usually, people lose control of their working process because the deadlines sound like “someday, during a month, in a few weeks, etc.” The undefined time creates the illusion that there is more time to do the tasks. However, you are forced to think about the task all the time and your fear is growing, and you feel more stressed. When you set the exact deadline with date and hour for every single task, you are controlling the process and even can get extra motivation when you see that you finish some tasks earlier than you thought.
Obviously, it is not a good idea to put your phone next to you and lose your attention with every notification. Also, keep in mind that the environment can also be a distraction so find a quiet place to work. It is recommended to not have pictures on your table to not be lost in your dreams and memories, as well as, to not have snacks while working.