We have all been at that point where we just don’t feel like doing what we need to do. It may be your actual job, studying for a test, cleaning, or trying to teach yourself a new skill. I am the queen of procrastination, but I have come up with some strategies to try to help myself (and you) actually get some work done!
- Set a timer.
You can set the timer/stopwatch on your smartphone. But, did you know that you can set a timer on google? Just search “timer” and you can set a specified amount of time that you would like to set aside to do work. You could also use the Stopwatch to time how long you spend doing certain tasks. Whichever method you use, make sure to stop the clock when you take a bathroom break or food break. Yes, be strict with it.
You may be quick to judge and think ‘just because I set aside a certain amount of time doesn’t mean I’ll actually get something done. Isn’t it quality over quantity anyway?’ This may be true, but if you are already procrastinating, that means you aren’t doing ANY work at all. Or maybe just tidbits here and there. If you set aside a chunk of time to complete tasks, you will be more likely to complete them. Usually 2 to 3 hours is the ideal amount to complete substantial work, depending on the topic area.
And you just may be done before the timer is up!! If you’re feeling extra competitive with yourself, you can even make a game for yourself to try to beat the clock. But make sure not to sacrifice quality.
- Give yourself rewards after completing small tasks.
This one is self-explanatory, but very useful. Even if your reward is getting to watch an episode of your favorite Netflix series or a healthy snack or listen to that interesting podcast, then you may find the motivation to complete that thing that has been haunting your to-do list. (Just make sure you only watch ONE episode…I find myself binge-watching on occasion. Netflix shows are like potato chips…and I do love chips.)
- Don’t go on social media!
With social media literally at your fingertips, it is very difficult to stop that automatic reaction to check all of your apps when you are bored. But, these small interruptions ruin your stream of concentration. Just don’t do it.
Here are some of my tips. Let me know in the comments if any of these were helpful for you or if you have any others! Now let me get back to my work…