Prepare for your day, the day before or when you wake up
The idea here is to focus your energy on preparing for your day because a well-prepared day is a productive day. Conversely, an unprepared day is often the best way to get lost and distracted by the unexpected.
Preparing your day (for example: planning the tasks to do, establishing your to-do list, practicing a time management method such as time blocking, etc.) is also the best way to avoid procrastinating when faced with a mountain of things to do and you do not know where to start.
2. Set 3 results for the day
The trick is to identify 3 priority areas for your day. We encourage you to mark (and visually dissociate) 3 priority actions that you want to accomplish during the day if you want to stop procrastinating.
Why 3? Because it’s a small enough number to be realistic, and big enough to help you move forward efficiently on a daily basis (choosing more may make you feel like you’re underwater and stress you unnecessarily).
Although it sounds quite counterintuitive, it is one of the best ways to accomplish your tasks.
Once you have identified your 3 priority actions, you then have two choices:
- accomplish them first then tick them off your to-do list.
- Or first, eliminate the “parasitic” micro-tasks and then devote yourself entirely to these 3 priorities.
It all depends on your personality and preferences.
3. Avoid sources of distraction
It is very easy to get sidetracked these days. With one click on your smartphone, you may end up spending hours on the web or social media without realizing it.
Not to mention the colleagues who come to chat, the random meetings, and the countless notifications you receive. All of these activities are a lot more fun and interesting than your job, so it’s hard to resist.
So to get your work done, you have to isolate yourself and disconnect. During the day, identify several time slots during which you will work alone, isolated in an office, without your smartphone or your professional phone, and without notifications.
You could also disconnect from the internet if you do not need it to accomplish your task. This way, you can devote yourself completely to the task in question until you achieve your goal.
4. Take breaks
It is impossible to be at 100% of your capacity all day. Your brain needs to rest from time to time to perform optimally. Even the greatest athletes need to take breaks, otherwise, they risk an injury.
Now that we’ve established that taking a break is important, you need to do absolutely nothing and indulge in reverie for a few minutes.
No social media, reading emails, or chatting with colleagues, instead look out the window, listen to music, close your eyes. This is called mental wandering. By letting your thoughts wander, you will be more efficient, more attentive, and more energetic in carrying out your daily tasks.
5. Give yourself rewards
As we’ve established, human beings love to relax and have fun. That’s why we tend to put off boring or tedious tasks until the next day.
An effective way to beat procrastination is to reward yourself every time you complete a task or reach a goal. The goal is to keep yourself happy so that you can stay motivated.
For example, take a break as soon as you finish a task. Have a coffee or chat with your colleagues. Read a few pages of your novel, surf social media for a few minutes, etc.
In short, do something that makes you happy, to reward yourself for your efforts and hard work.
By following these tips, you will avoid procrastination and be more efficient and productive in your work. It’s now your turn to try it out!