How to stop procrastinating and get back your work ethic
Jan 19, 2017 - GROWTH
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Olivier Stapylton-Smith

Don’t you hate it when you have a million things to do but you find yourself scrolling through Facebook or watching TV. Well, no more! It’s time to move out of the procrastiNATION and increase your productivity.

This article is your first step toward regaining your work ethic, so don’t put off reading it by looking at cute cat gifs or getting lost in random Wikipedia entries (if you clicked those links, you REALLY need to read this).

Never Touch Things Twice

Focus is the name of the game here. If you start a task, you have to finish it before moving on. I know, there’s always those small jobs that pop up like Whack-a-Mole’s but you have to ignore them.

Whack-a-mole Kitty

This means you have to learn how to say ‘No’. It’s okay, people won’t hate you if you say no to watching that funny video or helping them to organise their life. Only start a task if it’s a priority and you’ll finish it without distraction.

Schedule and Lists

Whether you’re selling custom merch or just planning out your weekend, having a schedule is super important. Of course this means that you’ll need to create lists and you’ll have to treat them like your own personal 10 Commandments.

Go through your lists with a scalpel and pick out the things you don’t absolutely HAVE to do. It might be easier to pretend you’re organising someone else’s list.

Moteefe's to do list

Then you can go through each task individually and see what you still need to do by the end of the day. This means you can see what’s worth doing and if there are any other options available.

Don’t worry if you don’t complete everything, as long as you work through one goal at a time. Never try to multitask, it’s a complete productivity killer.

Use Time Effectively

Now that you have your Commandments (in a less... stone tablety form), you earned the title ‘Master of Lists’. Not a great title but don’t worry, you’re about to get an upgrade to ‘Master of Time’ (there’s a severe lack of TARDIS-related adventures with the title).

Making the most of every precious second is all comes down to planning out your mornings. Starting your day with 101 decisions will exhaust you before you even begin working. Plan out your morning the night before and save all that brainpower for the real decisions.

With that extra brainpower you should tackle the worst of your tasks in the morning. By getting all those horrible tasks out of the way first you can look forward to a day of (more) fun tasks. Plan out your tasks and see how much you can achieve in each day.   

Get Away From Technology

The biggest weapon in procrastination’s arsenal is technology. People spend more time looking at a screen than at the world around them. If movies have taught me anything, it’s that too much technology is a bad thing.

People already check their phones around 110 times a day. So surgically removing your phone for the day saves you heaps of time and countless distractions. Try to limit those 110 check to 1 or 2 long ones by scheduling your phone time in between your tasks.

Sometimes…

Of course technology isn’t all that bad. Using a little technology to help your efficiency is a good thing. There’s a whole bunch of tools you can use to help you with that.

  • Asana - Helps you plan out your tasks for the day and sends you email updates
  • Buffer - Lets you schedule all your social media posts and updates in advance
  • IFTTT - Handy tool for setting up alerts and actions automatically
  • Evernote - A notebook which is accessible from anywhere
  • Everything Google (Drive, Calendar, Docs) - Tools for every situation

When you hit a roadblock to your productivity, find the right tool to help you through it. Then you’ll become a real efficiency machine (not one of the scary machines from the movies).  

Time for the Conclusion

By now you should have moved away from the procrastiNATION and set up on the warm beaches of productivity. I bet you didn’t even put off reading this article more than 2 times. Good job! If you ever feel the pull of procrastination then just remember:

  • When you start a task, finish it before moving on
  • Create a schedule and put your tasks into a list
  • Dedicate your mornings to the worst tasks
  • Lock away your phone to avoid distractions 
  • Use online tools and apps to make your work easier

If you have any questions you can ask us at the Moteefe Hangout on Facebook or you can prove how productive you are now by going to our design builder.

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