With your deadline approaching, you find that you’re not quite there. It could be that article needing those last few words, that website that’s not quite finished, or those accounts that really need to be completed today. Whatever the task, the chances are that you are experiencing the same problem: procrastination!
You know what needs to be done, but you just can’t resist another peek at Facebook. You know that the pressure is on, but suddenly that washing up becomes a top priority task. We’ve all been there. The question is how to make procrastination a thing of the past. Let’s take a look.
Do or die
How would you feel if you knew that your procrastination would lead to death? Okay, so maybe that’s being slightly dramatic, but what if the next time that you’re supposed to be working, and you get distracted by social media, you kill your very own tree? This is what the Flora app is all about!
With the app, you can set to-do lists and timers for when you’re supposed to be working. As you work, your tree continues to grow. Deviate and leave for social media and you’ll kill your tree off. This is an app well worth trying with some great reviews.
Share your plans
Whether it is with a colleague, your partner, or even your dog while you are working from home, share your plans. Of course, first, you need plans and to have a sense of organisation. Once you have this, share what you are going to achieve each day.
Whoever you have shared your plans with, get them to check in with you to see how you have done. By being accountable, to just one other person, you will see procrastination lessen as you become more productive.
An abusive carrot
If there was ever a vegetable that could see you getting your work done, then the carrot must be it! Confused? Well, that’s understandable. Of course, we’re not talking about the vegetable. Instead, we’re talking about another great app.
You let Carrot know your plans and you’ll get a pat on the back as you sail through your list. Deviate, and you’re in for a whole host of digs and abuse. Carrot is great for keeping you on track.
A trusty tomato
From veg, we now hop over to fruit and see how the trusty tomato can see your procrastination being banished. Here, we’re talking about the Pomodoro Technique (with Pomodoro being Italian for tomato).
The tomato refers to a low tech kitchen timer. Set this for 25 minutes as you work. At the end of this time, you take a 5-10 minute break. On your 4th cycle, you reward yourself with a 25-minute break and then start the process again.
Get a grip
Sometimes, we need someone to be blunt with us. Let that someone be us. Ultimately, you are responsible for your business. That next article rests with you. When you don’t deliver, that client will be coming to you for answers.
There are times when we all just need a reality check. Being self-employed has some great benefits, but it also means that there is only one place where the buck stops.
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