No one is immune to falling victim to procrastination. Everyone puts things off from time to time, so there is always room to increase our effective management skills for productivity. Once we know how to deal with our tendencies to procrastinate properly we are well on our way to success. To help you combat procrastination and become more productive, here are the top five productivity hacks for procrastinators to get better at effective management skills for productivity.
The first thing that you need to do while building your effective management skills, is notice that you are procrastinating and acknowledge it. It is essential that you do this without judging yourself and without getting overly stressed that you don’t have enough time. The next time you notice you’re procrastinating, just say to yourself “procrastinating,” or “moving on.” This allows you to acknowledge your procrastination so you can move on.
Figure Out Where Your Time Goes
When we’re procrastinating, we all use different distractions to fill our time. To improve your productivity, you’ll need to identify what these are for you. Digital distractions are extremely powerful procrastination temptations that we need to try to resist consciously. To figure out where your time goes, start to write down exactly where your time goes.
The easiest way to track your time is to download an app like Rescue Time. Here is an app that works behind the scenes and once you install it you really don’t need to do anything with it but let it work. It will track your digital time, deliver your reports of where you went and how long you were there. You can block off time where you want no distractions etc. so you can build more effective management skills for productivity.
Make Time Your Best Friend
Most procrastinators frequently fool themselves when it comes to the passage of time. You might often get to the end of the day and not understand where the day went. If this is something that happens to you, then you need to shift your relationship with time. You’ll need to become aware of how long each task takes you, rather than making a guess.
Improve Your Time Estimates
Often, as a procrastinator, you may tend to estimate how long a task will take without factoring in any time for your procrastination. This causes you to take much longer than expected to finish a task. If you know that you tend to procrastinate, factor this into your estimation, so you’re not always falling behind.
Meet More Deadlines
Often, the only time we manage to get around to focusing properly on your tasks is when you have a looming deadline. So, if you want to improve your focus and increase your productivity, you might want to start giving yourself more deadlines. The best way to do this is to get in the habit of promising to deliver certain things by a specific time/date.
Even self-professed procrastinators can improve their productivity and build effective leadership management skills. With these five productivity hacks, you can start to decrease the amount of time you spend procrastinating and get more done.
Now, spend 5-10 minutes thinking through what tip are you going to use first? Then write it down and give your self a deadline of 1 week where you will then re-evaluate how you are doing?
Seriously, stop procrastinating and go do this.
More potential resources for you to check out:
- Letting go of unproductive habits (there are 5 parts to this blog series)
- How to set goals.
- Build Leadership skills online. (This would be a good one to help you get involved with a coach to help achieve your effective management skills).