When daunting tasks face us that we often have little or no desire to take on, sometimes we tend to delay them for as long as possible. This is the practice of procrastination. It can hinder us, delay the inevitable and for some people it exists all too often. Whether you want to find a job, go to the gym or write a paper, procrastination is a roadblock to success. Some of the practices discussed below could help increase production and decrease procrastination.
Start with prioritizing exactly what needs to be done for one day only. If you think about everything that needs to be accomplished for the week or month, it can seem overwhelming. If it helps, write out a list of everything, this way it is on paper and will feel more manageable. Determine which of these items is most imperative and which of them is least imperative. Start with the most important items and work your way down the list.
Utilize the SMART goals acronym. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. By following these guidelines, you ensure that what you accomplish is maximized.
- Your tasks and goals for the day need to be specific; if they are general they will have less of a chance of getting accomplished. For specific goals, think of who, what, where, when, which and why.
- The tasks and goals also need to be measurable, by doing this you are more likely to stay on track and reach your targets.
- Have attainable goals that are important to you so that you can make them come true.
- These goals must be realistic. They must be goals that you are willing and able to accomplish.
- Timely goals are very important. If there is not a time frame then there is no sense of urgency. The goals and tasks are much more likely to get accomplished if there is a timeframe.
If you have any other suggestion on how to tackle procrastination and maximize productive, comment below and let us know!