Battling with procrastination? 6 tips on how to improve your productivity

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Is procrastination threatening to destroy your business? Did you know that thinking about a task for five minutes every day for a year would add up to 30 hours of wasted time? It is time to stop procrastinating and get your productivity into gear.

What is procrastination?

Procrastination can be simply put as “putting off what can’t or isn’t enjoyable to do until tomorrow”. The problem with this is that you end up with loads of little tasks which then urgently needed to be attended to and you feel stressed and sleep-deprived because you didn’t attend to the task when you had scheduled them. But why do we do this? There is some science behind this behaviour. We have two parts of our brain which are in constant competition with each other -the prefrontal cortex and the limbic system. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for taking in information and making decisions while the limbic system is responsible for making us feel good. When we are not conscious of our behaviour or we not involved in a task we may be more prone to give into our limbic system which releases dopamine and makes us happy.  Both systems are critical to our life but we must be careful to hand over the reins to the limbic system when we are involved in work decisions.

People who suffer from chronic procrastination have the following traits:

  • They believe they have more time available for tasks than is true.
  • They believe that they work better under pressure.
  • They believe that working on a task when they are not in the mood will not be the optimal way to spend their time.
  • They think they will be more motivated to do a task later.

If you recognize yourself in these traits, then here are six tips on how to crush your procrastination.

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