Beat Procrastination & Become More Productive With These 7 Tips

frustrated man with a cluttered desk and his laptop openProcrastination is one of the biggest dream killers, especially for millennials.  It is defined as “the action of delaying or postponing something”, but that doesn’t do it justice.  One has to take into account all of the senseless things someone will do in lieu of doing what they should or need to be doing to be successful.  Procrastination usually ends in deadlines being push backed, classes being failed, and jobs being lost.

Here are our 7 tips for beating procrastination and becoming the most productive version of yourself.

  1. Set Deadlines And Don’t Move Them

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    Deadlines are the building blocks of project management.  When more than one moving part is in play, team members must know when certain pieces will be completed to accomplish the next task.  Many projects are derailed when pieces are constantly late.  Set realistic deadlines to make sure that the work and the revisions can also be completed in that time.

  2. Tell People About Your Assignments

    woman smiling while on her laptopWhen you tell your friends and family about your assignments, more people will hold you accountable.  They will check in and try to see what’s working for you and when they can see the final product.  This added pressure will be an extra incentive not to disappoint anyone.

  3. Remove Distractions When Possible

    laptop, tablet, and cell phone on a table Cell phones, tablets, televisions, and even other tabs can be distractions when working from the computer.  It’s easy to open Youtube or Facebook instead of finishing vectors for physics.  Eliminate these distractions.  Block your computer from Youtube or Facebook for a few days and watch your creativity flourish.  This Wikihow teaches you  how to block certain sites do it that is a bit too tedious to undo frequently.  Putting your phone on do not disturb mode and turning off your tablet will help as well.

  4. Learn How To Reward And Punish Yourself

    scrabble reward No, I don’t mean anything dangerous or self destructive.  But promising yourself to either do away with something that you love if you don’t meet your goal or to indulge in something you desire when you do can help train your subconscious to act in a more efficient manner for the betterment of your entire being.

  5. Set Micro-Goals Within The Overall Goal

    Smart Goals A huge problem with longer projects is that it seems like forever before something is accomplished.  If you set smaller goals and benchmarks within your larger goal, you will feel as though you are successful man times, before the ultimate success.  The release of positive endorphins from success should not be underrated.  Small rewards can also be incorporated to associate this release with something pleasant like a piece of candy or something similar.

  6. Organize To-Do-List From Most Difficult To Least

    making a list Tackling the hardest tasks first works for you in many different aspects.  First of all, this task may be most difficult to complete time-wise, so crossing it off will help you gauge overall project completion.  Additionally, subsequent tasks will feel much easier as you’ve already gotten done with the big one.

  7. Overlap Tasks With Team Member

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    I don’t mean do the same thing.  I mean that you should take turns doing steps so that the other person’s work is contingent upon you finishing yours.  This is another way of keeping checks and balances inside your group.  It also let’s you have breaks between pieces of the project to regain your mental luster.