We always think we have more time and hence we often take it for granted. However, not using time wisely can severely affect your life in many ways.
While not everyone is an active personality, there are many ways in which you can avoid procrastination. Whenever you procrastinate you are not working efficiently because you are essentially borrowing against your time in the future.
Here are five easy ways to help you from being a procrastinator:
Create to-do lists & set goals:
Our lives are generally very busy and it is very much possible that we will forget certain tasks.
No matter how much work you have on your plate, always set five to 10 minutes aside in the morning to create your to-do list. They provide a clear idea of what needs to happen every day and help you organize your thoughts and priorities on paper.
Budget your time & set priorities:
Sometimes we waste time doing mundane things because we don’t have everything in order. Making a to-do list alone won’t be enough to get through your tasks for the day. You will need to learn to use your time wisely.
Based on your daily goals and needs, block out your day and allocate time to each goal or need on your lists. Identify the most time-consuming tasks and have a sense of how much time it will take to complete each of the tasks on the to-do list. Assign priority to the most important activities and ask yourself if you did everything that was needed.
Keep reminders for yourself:
Sometimes we waste time because we forgot about what we were supposed to do. Use a personal planning tool to help increase productivity. Writing down your tasks, schedules, and memory joggers can free your mind to focus on your priorities.
Remind yourself that there’s always more to be done than can be done. Set deadlines for tasks, especially those that you are avoiding. Make sure you also eliminate the temptation to do something else. Stay goal-oriented every day.
Delegate, get help from others:
You should start by identifying tasks that other people can do and select the appropriate people for the tasks as well. Be as specific as possible in defining the task and your expectations, but allow the person some freedom to personalize the task.
If it is not your job to do something, then give it to the person whose job it is. There is no point in being overworked! There is also the danger of letting ourselves get sidetracked with other people’s problems.
Be healthy & focus on relaxation:
When you have a lot of tasks and priorities at hand to complete, it is very easy to get stressed. It can affect time management. So ensure that you avoid multi-tasking and activities that increase your stress levels.
Clearly mark out time for relaxing and recreational activities. Bargain with yourself if that helps to keep a balance. Scheduling time to relax, or do nothing, can help you rejuvenate both physically and mentally, enabling you to accomplish tasks more quickly and easily.
If you have a desk job, then make sure that you set aside at least half an hour a day for exercise.
By applying these tips, help yourself be free of the stress that procrastination brings. This way, you will lighten your workload burden.