How To Avoid Procrastination

Posted on August 3, 2012

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ImageLet’s face it.  We have all procrastinated from time to time.  Why do people procrastinate?  The answer to that question can vary from person to person.  In general it is because the person might lack motivation or they may not be in the right mindset to accomplish tasks at hand.  It could even be because they are overwhelmed with their “to do list”.  Regardless, it is necessary to avoid in order to remain productive.

How can you avoid procrastination?

Prioritize Your Responsibilities

Jot down the things that you need to accomplish on a sheet of paper.  Most of us do this and instantly become overwhelmed.  Review each task and figure out the most pressing task to the least pressing task.  By reordering these duties, you might reduce the list of duties that need to actually be done that day and your list will become less intrusive.

Create A Schedule

Most careers aren’t “cut and dry” with exact schedules to follow.  People multitask and wear different hats in their positions frequently.  Although this is true for most positions, create a preliminary schedule for yourself for that day (similar to a “to do list”). Maybe you have calls to make, emails to check, meetings to attend, etc.  Try considering how to use your time wisely.  Maybe checking voice-mails and answering emails make the most sense to tackle first thing in the morning, and then move on to other stuff.  Create the best system for you so that you fall into some what of a routine and better understand your expectations.

Challenge Your Co-Workers
Create a fun competition with your co-workers.  Who can make the most calls; who can check the most off of their “to do” list; etc.  It can be a creative way to help keep each other motivated because most people love to win a challenge.  Not only can this keep you on track, it can show your bosses that you are capable of handling more responsibilities (aka leadership roles).  If you stay on top of your duties, not only will you shine amongst your co-workers, but it will help your confidence too!

Remember, “Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.” -Don Marquis

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