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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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: