I’m a big believer in putting things off, in fact, I even put off procrastinating.
— Elle Varner
If I had to guess one thing that you need to give up improving your time management and to maximise your time without even meeting you, I would say it was procrastination. From the market research I conducted at the start of 2020 (just before the lockdown of COVID-19 started, so I am sure it got worse later in the year), procrastination was cited as the biggest time stealer. This is also something I see again and again through my coaching courses and talks on the topic of time management, goals and how to create a life by design.
Whilst I am sure you will agree with me that procrastination negatively impacts on your precious time, did you know it also creates enormous mental anguish and stress? It has a huge detriment to your mindset, confidence and self-belief. We often beat ourselves up when we procrastinate, annoyed at the fact we lost time and didn’t fulfil our commitments – but that becomes a vicious cycle. The more we beat ourselves up, the more we procrastinate, the more we beat ourselves up… and over time that will wear down anyone’s confidence, mindset and self-belief.
Did you know even highly driven and accomplished people can still be procrastinators? We assume that procrastination is for the laziest of us, but I don’t think that is the case – your procrastination could be anything from analysis paralysis or not believing in yourself rather than just your lack of get up and go. Furthermore, I often coach people who think they are procrastinating because they are putting tasks off, but really it is something else holding them back. Regardless what is causing procrastination, when we realise the impact of procrastination on our lives and decide to stop procrastinating, most people experience a great sense of relief.
In this blog I am going to explain how you identify if you are a procrastinator and help you identify what type of procrastinator you are. I will then help you explore practical solutions to stop procrastinating so you can improve your time management and productivity.
What are you waiting for? Stop procrastinating and read the blog!
First, you need to discover why you procrastinate in various situations. This will give you a better understanding of yourself and develop your self-awareness. You can then work on various techniques to prevent you procrastinating.
In his ground-breaking book, “The Organized Mind”, Daniel Levitin writes, “Procrastination comes in two types. Some of us procrastinate in order to pursue restful activities—spending time in bed, watching TV—while others of us procrastinate certain difficult or unpleasant tasks in favor of those that are more fun or that yield an immediate reward.
What type of procrastinator are you? Are you a rest-seeking procrastinator who doesn’t want to be doing anything at all or a fun-task procrastinator who enjoys being busy and active all the time but struggles to start anything that they don’t enjoy? Are you procrastinating because you are putting off the hard tasks, or are you procrastinating because something fun or immediately rewarding has caught your eye? I think we can be both types to be honest, but change according to the situation. Taking time to figure out which type you are will help you break out of your procrastination patterns for good.
How do you make procrastination a thing of the past? The following tips and techniques will provide practical solutions to stop procrastinating so you can improve your time management and productivity.
Have you heard of the Pomodoro technique of time management? Read my blog Why Pomodoro Technique Increases Your Productivity, to find out how it will transform your time management and help you be more productive especially if you are working from home
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Below are links to other blog articles that you might be interested to read.
The Pomodoro Technique divides the working day into easy to manage segments – think of these as elephant bit-sizing chunks. All tasks, big and small, are broken down into small manageable activities that can be tackled one-step at a time. Find out why it will help you be more productive especially if you are working from home.
Thought is the most powerful force in the universe. As Einstein’s relativity revolution revealed, everything is made of energy. Our thoughts are the controlling factor in what we manifest and create in our lives. Find out how you can use visualisation as a powerful technique to create success.
If you asked me what was one of the things I was most proud about in my corporate career, apart from moving up the ladder fairly quickly, it would also probably be my work-life balance.
When it comes to goal setting, you’ll have heard about SMART goals. But if SMART goals are the way to do it, then why do so many of us not achieve our goals? Here is why SMART goals are stupid and some top tips how you can improve your goal setting!
The way to achieve success and get your goal isn’t to do with what you might think. It has nothing to do with willpower, determination or how many degrees you’ve got. It is about the daily discipline of habits.
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This article is written by Alice Dartnell, life and success coach of Alice Dartnell Limited. Alice empowers busy professionals to be successful, transform their lives and achieve more by improving their confidence, mindset and time management.
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