Nothing kills productivity quite like procrastination. Whether it’s social media, ‘recalling the time when…’ or the biggest one of all self doubt.
Now, I wrote a while ago about ‘giving myself a break‘ and I’ve yet to learn the art of this completely. I think deep down we are always our own worst enemy, when we should be our biggest advocate. This is especially hard when you are your business, because the big comparison always creeps in and if you’re not clever, can see you get completely off course….but that’s a whole other post!
To help me with my concentration levels and keep procrastination overloading my precious time, I stick to these 3 top tips:
Write an achievable list
So you know you have a pocket of time coming up and you are dedicating it to work or a project you have been meaning to kick start. I find writing down everything I hope to achieve in this time. I prioritise the tasks which really need to be nailed in one sitting (there is nothing worse than walking away from an unfinished task!). Don’t aim too high though and end up ‘negged’ out when you can’t complete everything on your list.
My big goal at the moment is to not work evenings and weekends, if I can help it, so I like to cram as much into my day as I can, so the rest of the time is mine to spend with family and friends.
Turn down the noise
Ok, we all have the most common procrastination tool of all…the mobile phone. The little handheld window to the world of procrastination…apps, friends and games. I have turned all audible notifications off on my phone and when I’m working, I even turn it face down.
There are apps you can install on your device and set a timer before you can access your social accounts again, if like me you find it hard to stop turning over your phone every 2 minutes!
Have a procrastination time limit
Stay with me on this one… if all has failed and you find yourself slipping down the slippery slope of procrastination… go with it. BUT, set the timer on your phone for whatever time you can afford to give… and when it goes off…GET BACK TO WORK!
Do you have any tips to keep you from getting distracted? Let me know in the comments.