Break Free from Procrastination Presented By: Runit Kapur Team Member CRESS Payoff
HOW TO STOP PROCRASTINATION! <ul><li>First, determine the source of your problem. Find out exactly why it is that you procrastinate. Could it be that you’re unhappy in your job? Or perhaps you’re overburdened and overworked? It is only by recognising the cause of the problem that you can begin to find solutions to resolve it. </li></ul><ul><li>Assuming that you don’t have deeper issues to attend to, it’s time to focus on your immediate problem. You need to change your mindset. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to break down your work into smaller, manageable “chunks”. Spread it out over your allocated time. It’ll be extremely helpful to start a daily planner if you don’t already have one. Use it to set intermediate deadlines for yourself. Write down the specific tasks that need to be completed for each deadline, and make sure that they are done by that time. </li></ul>
HOW TO STOP PROCRASTINATION! <ul><li>Then, think about your current list of priorities and re-evaluate them if necessary. If you are spending too much time on leisurely pursuits instead of work, something needs to be done! </li></ul><ul><li>If you find that you’re leaving large tasks to the last minute because you feel that they’re too tough to handle, and that you are frankly quite scared to take them on, remember – problems are always going to crop up during the course of work. Leaving it till it’s too late only makes the task even tougher! </li></ul><ul><li>A little self-motivation may be in order. Instead of running away from the task, turn your fear into positive action. Don’t allow yourself to think, “This project is impossible.” </li></ul>
Little successes day-by-day will eventually lead towards complete victory!
TIPS ON HOW TO PUSH YOUR LIFE ON FAST TRACK <ul><li>Do it once - Avoid re-reading your email or the files on your desk. That would be a waste of time. Instead, make it a habit to devote your full attention to every document, and to act on it immediately. </li></ul><ul><li>Break it down - Feeling overloaded with the size of the task. The best way is to break it into smaller, manageable steps. You will eventually complete the entire task by tackling the problem piecemeal. You will also be better able to distinguish between urgent, important and non-important tasks. </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule it - Always keep a schedule or you would eventually lose track of what you need to do, and by what time. </li></ul>
TIPS ON HOW TO PUSH YOUR LIFE ON FAST TRACK <ul><li>Clear the backlog - To get your workflow under control, you must address your backlogs, even if it means putting in more time and effort than usual. After all, you are making up for lost time. Prioritise the work, and set aside time every day to cut down the backlog. At the same time, identify how you ended up with pending work in the first place, and take preventive action to avoid being caught in this stressful situation again. </li></ul><ul><li>Lastly………….. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Distractions lurk everywhere at the workplace. And let’s face it, our work can get very dry, so it is very normal to lose focus occasionally. It boils down to personal discipline to ensure that you do not lose focus. However, not every distraction is necessarily harmful. Ad-hoc ideas or flashes of inspiration may suddenly pop into your mind, compelling you to act immediately or risk losing them. You may want to take proactive steps towards handling such “distractions”. Find ways to record these ideas as quickly as you can, so that you can revisit the thought once you’ve finished your current task. </li></ul>
What you can do for others! <ul><li>If the procrastinator is a colleague you are close to, you can: </li></ul><ul><li>Subtly let him know that his procrastination is disruptive to his work and does not put him in a good light. </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly ask for updates and remind him about projects that are due soon. He’ll get peeved and eventually may start working on projects early just to get you off his back! </li></ul><ul><li>Help him write out specific tasks to be completed by the end of the day, so that he doesn’t have any time to procrastinate. </li></ul>