Procrastination is something that most of us experience from time to time. No matter how long our to-do list, or how close a deadline, sometimes we find ourselves unable to focus on the task at hand.
Instead, almost any other task is appealing. Doing some research on the internet, checking social media, making a spreadsheet look pretty with different colours… anything as long as it is not the pressing job you need to do.
The problem though, is that procrastination can lead to added stress. You still have those tasks to do, but along with it comes regret that you should have just got on with it in the first place. It’s a downward spiral!
Thankfully, there is a way you can bust out of the procrastination situation:
Set a Timer
Agree to work full out on a task for 15-20 minutes. A short time span gives you the psychological edge you need to work, as the reward of being able to stop is just a few minutes away. When you focus in this way, you may often be able to continue after the time is up. If not, at least you have made a start!
Find some Inner Motivation
Get a fresh perspective over the jobs at hand by reminding yourself why you are doing it in the first place. Perhaps it is to exceed your income goals for the month, or maybe you really want to win a new client. Keep your eyes on the prize, and motivate yourself to just do it!
Virtual Assistant Services
Sometimes, delegation is the only answer. Among other things, hiring a virtual assistant can help to:
- Lessen your workload by completing some time-consuming but essential tasks.
- Organise your time through PA support, such as diary and email management.
- Provide customer support.
- Look after social media accounts and marketing.
If hiring a virtual assistant is something you have been considering, why not take the first step and see the difference it could make to you and your business?
Get Rid of Distractions
If you know you are prone to procrastination, try to make your workspace and computer desktop as free from distraction as possible. For example, when you have to work on a document, set your email to snooze so you are not tempted to check it every five minutes. Unless it’s necessary to the task you are doing, close your internet browser!
If procrastination is holding you back, something needs to change.
You need to take action!
If you dislike your job to such an extent that your mind won’t engage, perhaps you should change career. Or, if you are bogged down with a heavy workload, take the pressure of by using virtual assistant services. Can’t seem to quit the Candy Crush and get on with your day? Change your attitude and find your motivation mojo!
Finding efficient working routines can help work flow smoothly. There may be times when procrastination raises its head, but when you take action to get processes and systems in place that work, you can put procrastination in its place.