Friday, 2 August 2019

How to beat procrastination at work

We know that procrastination is a tough beast to beat; even we've been guilty of it! So what can you do to beat procrastination at work, to ensure you're making the most out of your work hours? Read on to find out...

Being organised is key to procrastination; if you know what you've got to do, you're less likely to put it off! It's a good idea to have a diary, or a notepad, where you can write down the tasks for each day. Some people like to manually tick or cross out a task as it's been done. If you don't get on with paper, and would prefer an online-based something, we find Evernote or Trello to be great ways of keeping track of tasks and projects.

Putting your tasks into order of how important or urgent they are can do wonders for breaking that mental block. Try the Eisenhower Box to help with this:

Tackle the big or hard things first

Most people's minds are more active in the morning, so try to tackle the big or hard tasks in the morning. Once you have those out the way, you'll feel more accomplished, and the smaller tasks will be easier to finish.

Don't feel like you've wasted the day
You may find that if you don't get much done in the morning, that you've wasted the day, and find it hard to then get going. If you get out of this mindset, you can make the most of the remaining hours and plough on with tasks. You don't have to be productive every second of the working day to get things accomplished, so try to not be too hard on yourself if you struggle.

Go over what you've completed at the end of the day

You may find that it's motivational to make a list at the end of the day of what you've managed to get done that day. Sometimes we do tiny tasks that feel like nothing, but they add up to a lot of work. So why not try noting down what you've done, as you may have been more productive that you realise!

What are your best tips to beat procrastination? Let us know @office_fruit!

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