We’ve all done it. We know what needs to be done, but we put it off until the last minute. This often leads to sloppy or incomplete work coupled with a big dose of anxiety when we’re under the wire. In honor of National Fight Procrastination Day, let’s talk about 6 ways to fight procrastination.
PRIORITIZE AND KNOW WHEN TO SAY NO
When there are too many tasks facing us, it can be difficult for us to focus on one thing at a time. Start by making a to-do list. Once you have all your tasks listed in one place, start highlighting the ones with the highest priority or the earliest deadline.
It’s also important to know when to say no. We all have just 24-hours a day in our time bank. If we don’t learn to value our own time, the people we work with won’t either. And if you say yes to something you shouldn’t, it may take you away from something that is more worthy of your time.
A good rule of thumb is to never say yes to a new request immediately. (Yes, there are some things to which you can’t say no…don’t take this to the extreme and get yourself fired, okay?) Always give yourself time to contemplate new requests and decide if it is really in your best interest or if it will overtax your time bank. When we spread ourselves too thin, our productivity goes down, our anxiety goes up, and inevitably no one wins.