Stop Procrastinating With These 8 Task Management Tips
We all procrastinate from time to time; it’s just a part of human nature. However, if you find yourself under the wire more often than your colleagues, your “occasional” procrastination may be a bigger problem than you think.
Here are 8 simple task management tips to help you get more done with your day and stay on track with your to do list.
Think On Paper
Especially for busy professionals, it’s essential to keep a list of everything you need to accomplish. Not only does it keep you from forgetting important tasks, it also saves you significant amounts of time when shifting gears from one task to the next.
Before you begin a new task, make sure you have everything you need to complete the task. This way, you’ll avoid the wasted energy of continually starting and stopping, and you’ll be able to complete the task in one sitting.
The first step is often the most difficult. If you find yourself procrastinating on a specific task, the worst thing you can do is to leave it untouched. You will find the task is much more manageable once you have spent a little bit of time on it, so stop making excuses and just dive in.
Take a Slice
Instead of thinking about the entire project, think about it in stages. Don’t force yourself to figure out how the entire project is going to come together. Think of it as a loaf of bread, and only focus on eating one slice at a time.
Identify the Bites
One of the most common tools for serial procrastinators is the self-talk that says you don’t have enough time right now. In other words, we give ourselves permission to procrastinate. Next time you find yourself saying those words, find a five-minute bite of the project to complete before you walk away from it completely for the day.
Tackle the Anxiety
If you’re procrastinating, then it’s likely that there are one or more parts of the greater project that is giving you anxiety. Tackle it. The longer you let that fear and uncertainty fester, the worse it will get. Once you knock it off your list, you’ll find that the rest of the project will be a whole lot easier.
Eat the Frog
In partnership with tackling the anxiety, do the hardest part of the task first thing in the morning. There are two reasons for this. First, you have the most energy and alertness in the morning. Second, you won’t waste major portions of your day dreading the task you have to complete. Instead, you’ll be energized by your sense of accomplishment.
Consider the Consequences
When all else fails, think about the negative consequences of not getting your task done. Fear and desire are the two most common motivating factors, so toss a little reality check into the mix to push you forward.
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Following more than three decades of business expertise, Tony Edgar has joined forces with FocalPoint Business Coaching to create innovative results for business owners, CEOs, and executives across Southwest Florida. Driven by his focus, decisiveness, effective communication skills, and easygoing personality, Tony is an efficient and dynamic coach for business leaders who are looking for high-end results. Tony specializes in improving the efficiency, productivity, and profitability for his clients.
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