• How to: Combat Procrastination

    With a million tasks to complete at work, it can be tempting to shut down and not do any of it. We find many ways to put off the work that needs to get done and instead focus on something else of less significance that takes much less of our energy and efforts. However, after the distractions are finally put aside, your project is still staring you in the face waiting to be tackled, usually with additional stress now that time has been wasted.

     

    Instead, find ways to face your heavy task load without falling into the trap of procrastination. We know it can be hard to figure out how to fight off the urge so we have compiled a list of tips and tricks for you to use. It is time to take advantage of your time in the work place and reduce your stress later.

    • 1. Remove distractions
      Major distractions such as e-mail, social media, texting, and television make it extremely easy to lose focus and difficult to take on the task at hand. Take the time to turn off/silence/put away any thing that may tempt you to turn your attention to something else. With nothing in the way, you can commit your thoughts to your work.
    • 2. Get yourself set up in the right environment
      Whether this be where you’re sitting, finding the right temperature, having drinks (like free La Prima coffee) and snacks (from the PIT Shop) on hand, or finding your peak time of day, it is crucial to be comfortable, at ease, and at your best in order to get down to business. This way you won’t be tempted to relocate and have to spend time refocusing.
    • 3. Break your task up into smaller ones
      Having one big project staring you in the face can be daunting and often lead you to continually put it off. Take your project and divide it into smaller ones that don’t seem as intimidating. This way, you will be able to tackle your large tasks in bits and pieces without feeling overwhelmed.
    • 4. Enjoy small victories
      After breaking your project up into smaller tasks, treat yourself after completing each piece. It is all beneficial to your end result and you deserve to relish in the victory of completing a part of your task.
    • 5. Set realistic goals
      Set goals that are achievable. By setting too extreme of goals you are setting yourself up for failure, which is where procrastination comes in to play. If your goals are realistic, you will have an easier time reaching them. Multiple realistic goals are more beneficial than one large unrealistic one.
    • 6. Don’t be a perfectionist
      Going along with realistic goals, it is not likely that your first draft or first time around is going to be perfect. Instead, focus on doing your best to dive into your project, once you feel you have finished, only then go back and perfect it.
    • 7. Give yourself a break
      Set a time that you will allow yourself to take a break and go on a walk or grab a bite to eat. Knowing that you have an allotted time until you will have a break to step away from your task, allows you to strive to work hard in that time frame to complete as much as you can. Also, it is helpful to take a moment away from exerting yourself and regain focus.
    • 8. Keep the end result in mind
      This may seem counterproductive; however, it may help to remember how good it will feel when the project is fully completed. This mentality will help you push through so that you can reach the feeling.
    • 9. Jump right in, no matter what
      As soon as you are in the place to start working get to it! Sitting there staring at paper or a monitor is not going to help you achieve your goal. Start taking on the tasks you have assigned for yourself to the best of your ability. There is always time to go back and double check or correct yourself. Getting ideas and progress out of your mind and into the project will allow you to sort through and have a better final product later.
    • 10. Don’t beat yourself up
      This step is crucial. You are going to procrastinate but it is essential to forgive yourself and move forward with your assignment. If you continue to feel bad about how much time you have spent putting off your project you will continue to waste time. Dive back into your task and get it done!

    Now that reading this blog has allowed you to procrastinate long enough and inspired you to quit putting your work off, get down to business! Happy working!