Whether it’s staring at the screen or day dreaming our way through long, boring meetings, we would probably all agree that we never finish our day with the knowledge that we have been as productive as we could be. With small changes though, you can easily make big differences to your working day and learn how to stop procrastinating. If you stick to this, you may find that you can reduce your stress levels and impress those above you!
How to stop procrastinating – 5 top tips
Close Social Media
It is amazing the hours you can waste just looking at updates of people’s dinner on Facebook and what do you really gain from it in the end? If you can’t stay away from social media, just reduce the number of times you look at it. For instance, wait until the evening to catch up with people on social media and you will probably find that you get a lot more work done.
Plan Your Day
Take time at the start of your day to plan out your workload and how long it will take you to complete each task. This will enable you to ensure that you get all your tasks for the day done and that you don’t waste time on other unnecessary tasks.
If you really look at the time you spend on your tasks, you will probably find that you waste a lot of time which could be spent on more productive activities. There are programs such as Rescue Time, which you can download and look at how long you spent on work versus entertainment. You will be surprised at the results!
Many people think they are more productive if they keep their head down all day but this is often an unproductive way of working. You should always make sure you take regular breaks, as this will give you time to refresh your head, so you are ready to be as productive as possible.
There are often a lot of unnecessary meetings and you will probably find that you don’t need to turn up to every single one. If you can reduce time spent in meaningless meetings, you will probably be a lot more productive. Meetings can often be a waste of precious time and can take you away from other tasks. The more you can reduce the unnecessary meetings, the better it will be for your productivity levels.
Get the help you need and make more of your time
If you’re a small business owner, learning how to stop procrastinating might not be enough – you need to start learning how to delegate! If you need help with any aspect of HR and recruitment, Recruit Write is here to help. One of expert consultations can come to a location of your choosing and carry out an audit of your HR and recruitment practices and work out exactly how we can help you make the most of your precious time.
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