There is one thing I am good at: procrastination. Don’t get me wrong, I like the feeling of accomplishment whenever things get done, however, I tend to wait for the last minute to finish it. When I was a student, I would wait for the day before to write an important essay. I have to say that I got better over the years, but I can still get distracted easily by the sound of the TV, my phone, or the need to file my nails when (let’s pretend that’s just an example) writing a new blog post. So, these are some of the tips and tricks that I put into practice, and that helped me to be more organized – and stop procrastinating!
Make a to-do list
The best way to get things done is to make a list, and organize it from the most to less urgent. If this is a big task, divide it. For example, let’s say that you are planning to write an eBook. You could write the introduction tomorrow, and then the first part would need to be done in one week, etc. This will makes things look easier. Plus, you’ll have a clear idea of what to do next, as a big task can be a bit overwhelming. For your to-do list, you can choose the time frame that suits you. I would rather do a monthly planning so it is easier to overview big chores and what I need to accomplish. Keeping this support for the whole month, I would as well do a list for the day ahead (in the morning or the night before) and incorporate smaller things (for example, do my laundry or clean the bathroom: anything that comes up or that you can’t really plan).
Create a nice environment
A pleasant workspace is also part of what you are going to achieve. For example, I would never work sitting on my couch (it might be possible for you though) but rather have a quiet space on my desk. Just create an environment where you know you can focus and where you are comfortable. Not too much though: the goal is not to fell asleep, but nobody is stopping you from turning on a nice scented candle or to get yourself a cup of tea. As I said before, I get easily distracted, that’s why when I need to do something important, I would put my phone away from me or turn off the TV. I would keep all the distractions apart, however, some people can listen to music while working for example. You should know what is working for you, and create the perfect environment for you to be productive!
Give yourself a break
If you’re going to work all day, the best thing is to plan some kind of break between sessions. It depends on your personality but I tend to focus better if I work for longer. For example, I would usually be working for two hours and take 15mins break. It allows me to have a snack, have a bit of reading, or let’s be honest, have a look at Instagram! Just do whatever relaxes you and allows you to be ready for your next session.
Use your time wisely
Last but not least, each of us is more productive at different times of the day. For example, I tend to be more focused in the morning and after lunch but would keep the end of the afternoon to go for a walk or do a workout. Some people are more productive later at night and that’s ok. Work whenever it is more convenient and most importantly, when you are willing to: you should know yourself and organize your planning around that.
I hope that these tips will help you to stop procrastinating – and be more productive. Remember, this is not that hard: just set up a nice workspace, schedule your tasks, and organize your time properly. If I am able to do it, I am sure you can too!
What are your best tips to stop procrastinating and get things done?