Procrastination is a habit or a practice where chores which are not needed quickly are given preference as opposed to urgent chores. In this event therefore, those tasks which are presumed to be stressful or elicit negative emotions are postponed to a later date whereas those which bring positive emotions are tackled first. Procrastination can be avoided or prevented by following these five easy steps:-
List all the tasks
In order to stop procrastination, it is important that you formulate a list of the tasks that need to be accomplished. The list will help you identify the tasks which are more important than others. You will be able to evaluate which projects or tasks if accomplished will mean or have more benefits than others. By analyzing the list, you will be able to establish which tasks if tackled will have positive long term effects as opposed to others. Re-evaluate the tasks and come up with a final list. Lay emphasis on those chores which are more essential as opposed to those which mean less to your life. By eliminating the less essential tasks from the list, the focus will be on the essential projects thus putting the much needed efforts on them.
Tackle the hard projects first
The final list of tasks will be a mixture of projects or chores which seem harder than others. To feel more productive, tackle those tasks or jobs which you consider as the hardest first followed by easier ones. By tackling the harder jobs first will motivate you to tackle the remaining tasks with a lot of ease. Since you were able to finish the toughest project, then the rest is almost over. You will not be stressed and pinned down by the other less hard projects.
On the list of tasks or projects, it is very important to create some element of accountability. Have someone that you report to on the progress of your tasks after a given period of time. Once you perform some tasks, let someone go through or email the work to someone who will in turn have a look at it and give you feedback. Have more than one person that you report to. This will help stop procrastination hence accomplishing tasks more important as opposed to less important ones.
Tackle the project step by step
Looking at the whole job or project may seem like a mountain. To climb the mountain, you must move step by step as you focus the top. Break the tasks into smaller tasks and work on them one by one. Focus on the smaller tasks and once one is finished, that will be a step closer in accomplishing the whole project. Making it through one step will keep you motivated to go to the next one. Within no time, you will find that you are through with the whole project or task.
Create time lines and eliminate all distractions
Having a timeline or deadline on tasks shows urgency as to when the work must be done unlike if left without a time frame. Finally clear all distractions which may hinder you in achieving your tasks.