Despite your best intentions, it is all too easy to lose track of time and end up behind on your goals for the day. In the interest of helping you to be more productive, here are some ways to trick your brain into getting ahead.
Start your day off simply
As a general rule, how you start off your morning directly impacts the
flow of the rest of your day. This is why you should start your day with
a simple task you can complete in no time. Because it is not a daunting
challenge, you will not procrastinate about starting it; and since it
is easily completed, you will already feel inspired about getting things
Harness that early inspiration to tackle the big stuff
Now that you have completed a task, embrace that feeling of satisfaction
and look at the list of challenges you have for the day. Pick the
hardest one — because once that one is done, everything else is
guaranteed to be easier and less likely to bring on procrastination. If
the task is so big that you don’t know where to start, then break it
down into small tasks, which will make it easier to finish.
big tasks down into smaller ones still equals the same overall amount
of work, but it organizes your thinking so you can work more
efficiently. You will also feel less like procrastinating when you know
you can accomplish the goal in a matter of steps. Each smaller task you
complete towards the larger goal will act as incentive to keep you going
strong until the end.
Try to establish a schedule for the day
If you approach each day knowing a basic outline that you consistently
follow, you can deal more efficiently with last-minute surprises.
Starting off the morning with a general idea of how you will progress
from one activity to the next enables you to be prepared for what the
day will bring you. When surprises crop up, you will already know what
the least busy time of the day is to make up unexpected tasks.
Don’t be tempted by distraction
Procrastination has a codependent relationship with distraction. It
happens to everyone — you glimpse over and see your email client is
open, and pretty soon you’re checking your inbox instead of working on
your project. Or your internet browser is open and soon you’re looking
at your Facebook timeline instead of tackling a report. You need to
eliminate and remove all sources of distraction in order to focus on the
task at hand. Otherwise, you will continue to have your attention drawn
Reward yourself for a job well done
Small rewards, like a pat on the back, can be very motivating. Be sure
to establish set breaks and include small rewards for yourself to enjoy
throughout the day as tasks are completed. Splurge on a mocha latte or
buy yourself some new music, (songs on iTunes run about $1.29 on
Be sure to include big rewards you can work towards at the end of the
week or month, like that new pair of shoes you have been eyeing up or
the latest movie release. Showing some appreciation to yourself for your
hard work is another way of inspiring yourself to do more.
—The Alternative Daily
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