Monday, January 23, 2017

How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Being Productive!

Woman making a to-do list at work
Everyone procrastinates from time to time. You might put off washing the car for another week or wait until the last minute to pay your phone bill. But, it doesn’t have to stay that way. You can, in fact, learn how to curb the urge to procrastinate and become more productive.

It’s important to note that fighting the temptation to procrastinate isn’t about being perfect. It’s about continuing to learn and grow as a person on your journey of self-discovery.

Working on a new sober lifestyle? This is an especially powerful skill for those working on their recovery. You’ll feel more empowered and in control of your personal and professional life.

So, how can you start living a more productive lifestyle? Here are four strategies to help you stop procrastinating and get things done.

(1) Tackle big projects early in the day.
While it may seem tempting to put off the most daunting tasks, it’s actually wiser to address them early in the day while you are the most mentally and physically refreshed. If your to-do list has 10 items, focus on the most challenging project first and get it out of the way.

(2) Create some positive momentum.
Have a comprehensive report at work due in a week? If you start to feel overwhelmed about the scope of the project, limit your focus. Think about one small step you can take today to get started. By focusing on what you can accomplish, you’ll likely have more energy to keep making progress.

(3) Loop in your loved ones.
Be vocal about your goals – when and how you aim to get things done. For example, if you’re wanting to stick to a new exercise routine, tell your friends and family about your plans. If you know someone is there to help keep you accountable, you’ll be more apt to follow through.

(4) Write it down.
Have a mental list of things you need to get done today? Take the time to write it down and plan out a deadline for each task. This simple act can help you stay on task – and on schedule.

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