Are deadlines starting to sneak up on you?
Do you find it tough to prioritize your tasks?
Don’t worry — you’re not the only one in the office. In fact, according to researcher and author of The Procrastination Equation, Piers Steel —most of us are prone to fall into the procrastination hamster wheel. It is so much easier to delay projects and dismiss the ones we deem as unimportant.
So, in honor of National Fight Procrastination Day (which ironically lands on Labor Day this year), we put together a short guide for your return from the holiday. Whether you’ve got a mountain of chores piling up at home or you’re already planning for the work week ahead — here are our top tips to help you get motivated and stay productive.
Ask any highly productive person about their time; they will give you their ‘peak hours’. These chunks of time are designated for maximum focus and maximum efficiency. Zero distractions. Zero dilly-dallying. Being able to audit yourself (and your time) is a great way to get the most out of your day. You’ll see the quality and speed of your tasks shoot up tremendously.
Studies by the University of Michigan found that subjects who strolled through nature recorded a 20% increase in memory and attention. We all know mental fatigue is real. A fantastic way to break the mental strain of your busy workday is by becoming one with nature. Or at least interacting with it.
Not many takers on this one, we know. However, we cannot argue with the productivity levels. Think of it this way — while the rest of the world is sound asleep, you’re free to move about unperturbed. Map out your day. Meditate. Go to the gym. All without a single phone call or email.
Every chronic procrastinator has heard, “write a to-do list.” And though crossing items off our list is a great feeling, we don’t naturally think in sequence — so, it’s best to mix things up a bit. Try this. Rather than creating a traditional list (top to bottom), change up the format. Start at the center of the page and spider web outwards. Create related tasks, linking them together. This puts purpose to each task, and it will incentivize you to complete the next one.
From emails and texting to social media and funny cat videos — our technologies constantly crave our attention. Disconnecting from your devices is a great way to hyper-focus on your duties and forget about who liked your most recent Facebook post. Toss your phone in the other room and see how much you accomplish.