Procrastination gets a bad rap, but there are upsides to putting things off. Although procrastination can fuel creativity, giving you “time to consider divergent ideas, to think in nonlinear ways, to make unexpected leaps.” But, too much of a good thing can throw a wrench in your professional plans. Sometimes, you just need to get stuff done, and sooner rather than later. To do otherwise is to risk angering your boss, coworkers and clients — not to mention, adding a lot of unnecessary stress.
Here are five strategies to kill procrastination :
- Before going to bed, prepare a to do list of five items. You can’t trust yourself to make these decisions in the morning. You may put off things you don’t want to do and not get them done.
- First item should be an easy and/or fun activity. When you cross this item off early in the day, you’ll build momentum and feel like crossing off more.
- Item two is the hardest and/or lease fun thing. Do this first it will be tough to gain momentum. Put it off too long, and you’ll lack the energy/motivation to do it.
- Then the second hardest thing. Use the momentum to get through the tough stuff already.
- Follow that with something that has to get done. It gets easier from here.
- Last item should be something fun. By ending with something fun, you’re adding extra motivation to get your work done early. Plus, this serves as a nice reward for your efforts.
- Awake knowing what you have to do and get to work. Procrastination is often a result of not knowing what to do next. Decision making is also difficult. This method solves that so you can have a productive day.