There are times when business can be really exciting, and there are times when it can be mundane. It isn’t always easy to motivate yourself to get things done, but it is important that you do. Procrastinating will mean your competitor could beat you to the punch. It could mean your customers aren’t served quickly enough or you have to break promises to clients. It could mean you never reach your deadlines and begin to look unprofessional. It isn’t something that belongs in the workplace, so how do you avoid it?
Meet the Challenge Head-On
Procrastination is often the result of avoiding a difficult or unenjoyable task. The only way to avoid procrastination in this instance is to meet the task head-on. Consider it a problem that has to be solved. You can’t figure out how to solve a problem without knowing all the details. So, the first step would be to find out what the task wants from you. You can then tackle the task in parts, making it seem a lot easier.
Are You Bored?
You may be procrastinating because you’re just not enjoying your work, or is isn’t challenging you. If this is the case, why not try and set up a reward system for yourself? Each task you complete, you’ll receive a simple reward. If you’re able to be strict with the rules, this could work wonders for you. For example, when you’ve completed one task, allow yourself to tuck into some chocolate. Or, when you’ve completed another task, go and take a coffee break. The only danger of this is over indulgence; you must manage your time wisely.
Always Have a Goal
If you feel like you’re working towards nothing, the work you’re doing will become meaningless. It’s likely that procrastination will set in after that. If you have a goal to work towards, your mind will be focused on reaching that goal, rather than what else you could be doing with your time. From scribbling on your notepad to biting your nails, the time all adds up. Consider the imc program if you need to motivate yourself and others. If you’re excited and motivated, you’re far less likely to procrastinate.
Acknowledge Your Emotions
Your emotional well being is just as important at work as it is at home. There may be times when you’re given tasks that are frustrating, frightening or stressful. You don’t have to hide how your work makes you feel. If you’re particularly frustrated about something, you need to speak up. If you know it’s just part of your job, you may want to find ways of relieving stress. Here are some ideas.
Think of the Achievement
Doesn’t it feel great when you’ve completed a difficult task? When you have to face work that you’d rather not do, it’s important to focus on getting it done. If it helps, you can focus on the feeling of achievement and accomplishment you get at the end of tough day. That feeling makes it all worthwhile.
Maria Fonseca is the Editor and Infographic Artist for IntelligentHQ. She is also a thought leader writing about social innovation, sharing economy, social business, and the commons. Aside her work for IntelligentHQ, Maria Fonseca is a visual artist and filmmaker that has exhibited widely in international events such as Manifesta 5, Sao Paulo Biennial, Photo Espana, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Joshibi University and many others. She concluded her PhD on essayistic filmmaking , taken at University of Westminster in London and is preparing her post doc that will explore the links between creativity and the sharing economy.