If you’re like me there are times where you may have experienced procrastination. This can be viewed as negative but not so. If you’re feeling anxious, tired then its not a good time to tackle anything important. During my working career I have adopted a number of tried and tested strategies which I have laid out for you below.They are in no particular order. You may have some tips yourself but here are my 7 top killer tips to help you beat procrastination:
1. Set goals and Incentives
Setting a small goal with a built in incentive to start that task, project, report, fitness regime can go a long way. It doesn’t have to be a large reward. In the past my rewards have quite simply been to make a cup of tea on achieving my goal or gone for a short walk in the park. Whatever it is build in a reward you’ve earned it.
2. Re-frame the concept of time
Rethink how you view time when completing a piece of work. 10 minutes is just as important as 1 hour when undertaking an important piece of work.
3. Don’t over complicate things!
Forbes business magazine reminds us to break tasks down into small pieces. Don’t over complicate things keep it simple!
4. Be kind to yourself
As far as I am aware berating oneself has never done anyone any favours in helping one complete a task. Be kind to yourself. There are enough people out there who can do the berating! Being kind to yourself whatever task is in hand helps towards achieving your end goal.
5. Change your work environment
‘A change is as good as a rest’. If you’re able to shift environments in the completion of your task, this could help in shifting your level of energy. If you can get out into nature/fresh air or otherwise all good, but be aware of potential distractions!!
6. Develop a day planner
It’s always good to see what progress you’re making towards your end goal. Be organised and create a task planner. It doesn’t need to be complicated but will enable you to check on progress. If you wish, let your friends and loved ones know your progress. They could be your personal champions.
7. Let friends and loved ones know
Unless you’re working for MI5 or CIA or such equivalent, let your friends and loved ones know about your work. That way:
- they can be a source of moral emotional support if you need it.
- they are aware of the current task in hand.
- they can help you celebrate your task on completion:
Beverley Powell is a Leadership Associate: Organisational development, Inclusion, Coach and Mentor, UK certified Life Coach and Educator, and nationally recognised by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) 2014 as a BME Pioneer for her work around strategic inclusion within the National Health Service (NHS). You can see more about Beverley’s work on her website and you can also follow her on Twitter – @UKCoachLeader
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