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7 steps in order to flip procrastination into productivity
We all have our off days and begin to procrastinate, I know the last 2 weeks have been difficult on me for many reasons, which lead into procrastination. But now I'm back on top of my game and hitting it hard to make up for lost time I use the 6 steps I'll be covering in order to flip procrastination into productivity pretty often, and I think they can help out anyone who is working for themselves and even if you work for a company
In a way, we can all be procrastinators, but we don't have to be!
Back in 2013 there was a survey done by salary.com that resulted in almost 70% of people saying they waste time at work on a daily basis. That's a lot of people not doing what they were paid for lol. Around 25% of those people said that they waste between 30 and 60 minutes each day doing something they shouldn't be. That's up to an hour of work you're paying them for in order for them to screw around lol. And what's even worse is that there are around 10% of those people who waste multiple hours each day...
Now what you need to do is sit down and gain your compose. I know that your blood pressure may have risen slightly if you're a business owner paying employees to do a job lol. What you'll need to do is implement some things so that people are less likely to procrastinate, and help them increase their productivity.
Here are some ways you can flip your procrastination into productivity and also help your employees do the same:
Don't Get Overwhelmed
In today's quick business world it's easy to get overwhelmed with work loads. What you'll need to do is not have so much on your own plate as well as your employees, if possible. You can get a "To Do" list and write down every task there is to do for a certain project, website, business idea, etc. After you get it all written out, you need to section them off so that they can be done in groups. This will make it feel like less of a burden and you won't get overwhelmed, usually. If you have employees, you can delegate a lot of the sections to groups or individuals and then check them off as they're finished.
Start On Hard Mode
When a lot of people write up lists for themselves to work on throughout the day, they will usually avoid the most difficult parts of it and leave them for last. What you'll need to do is work on the most difficult one first so that when you finish, it feels like everything is down hill from there The other tasks will seem like a walk in the park and you can knock them out quickly.
Don't Be A Perfectionist
I remember back in high school I would always turn in my art work late because I didn't want to get anything lower than an A on it. If I got deducted points for it being turned in late, I knew I had to do even better to get that A. Now this is a bad way to do your work, and I quickly realized this after high school lol.
I didn't have strict deadlines back then because my teachers knew I was going to turn the work in eventually. But one thing makes a difference, in the real world when you're being paid to complete a job, you need to turn it in on time lol
Whenever I'm delegating tasks to a team of SEO's or designers, I always let them know when the due date is and that it doesn't have to be 1,000% perfect. They need to do the best they can, and try to get it all done before the deadline. I need the work on a certain day for the client and if I don't have it, the client gets angry, then I get angry at my team.
You don't have to be perfect
Procrastination Breeds Mistakes
When you procrastinate something until a day or two before the deadline, you will inevitably make a mistake on it due to you rushing to finish. You'll need to remember that if you're doing work for a client, they want to know you're actually working on it and not waiting until the last minute.
This is when you need to realize that the client is trusting you with their work because they think you can do it. Procrastinating only hurts your business relationship with them, and could break it at the same time.
You need to set aside some time each day to work on each clients project, and then stick to it. If you procrastinate and take one day off, it could snowball and you end up taking a week off.
Kill All The Distractions
It's always easy to procrastinate no matter where you are. I work from home every day and I have to deal with an 8 year old, a TV, iPads, video games, etc. I use to work in the living room with the TV off, but now that my little girl is on summer vacation I've moved into the basement where I have my "home office". By doing this I've actually increased my productivity because I don't have as many distractions. I never use to work in the basement because I couldn't get an internet connection down there and I didn't want to run a cable through floor, which I eventually did anyway lol.
By killing all of the distractions I could, I've become more productive and everyone is a happier person. I don't have to work late in the night because I couldn't get work done in the living room, which is nice because I'm not as grouchy
Manage Your Time
To go from procrastinating to productive, you need to manage your time well. No successful person has ever said "I didn't do half of my work today because the amazing race was on TV and I just had to watch it" lol. If you write down a schedule for yourself and stick to it, you will get a good amount of things done and you will notice you aren't procrastinating as much anymore.
I usually have a day to day list that is the same, and I also have a unique one that I write up the night before to finish tasks that I couldn't get to the day before. I have my day to day list written out already and I fill in the gaps with the unique tasks that I need to finish. I then have alarms in my phone that let me know when I need to start something, and I try to stick to it as well as I can. Of course there are some things that will take longer than others, but I try to estimate the time frames before writing down the tasks and adding an alarm to my phone
The Early Bird Gets The Worm
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, working in the early morning hours is something you should try out. There's a sort of calm that you don't get from working late at night after everyone is in bed. You can wake up at 4am and get a lot of work done before anyone is even out of bed.
You will need to be motivated and disciplined in order to not procrastinate. It takes time to implement a good work habit, but you can do it in time and get more work done in a shorter amount of time than you use to if you just try Don't get lazy and you will see the fruits of your labor paying off in the next few weeks, guaranteed.
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