GETTING THINGS DONE
The world is cluttered with unfinished projects that have been put aside to do later when we have time.
The longer we put off difficult tasks the harder they become. We say – we are too busy, or the job is too big to start now.
Why do we procrastinate? Procrastination is not solely a matter of having poor management skills but it can often be traced back to psychological reasons.
To overcome procrastination try to commit yourself to deadlines. Break big jobs into small units and get started.
A leader’s procrastination can reduce the productivity of the whole team so try to make fast and sound decisions as soon as possible. Get a reputation as a doer by following these simple steps.
The five best ways to overcome procrastination and get things done
* Make a plan and start
If it is a big job, list the broad steps you will need to take. Then take one step at a time and break each up into workable tasks, setting deadlines.
If it’s a report ‘mind map’ it, setting out the key headings before you start.
* Share your plan
Tell others your plan. When you make a commitment to finish a task by a set date you are more likely to finish it on time.
A procrastinator is a person with a ‘wait‘ problem. “One of these days is none of these days.”
* Break big tasks into small workable bites
Make a realistic ‘to do list’ and set time limits.
By completing one section at a time you will be encouraged to tackle the next step.
* Set deadlines
Budget your time and include social, physical and family activities. Get rid of the time-consuming, not so important tasks.
Focus on meaningful goals. Reward yourself when you meet a deadline. “When I finish this report I will take a few days off.”
The first step is often the hardest step to take.
It’s determination that gets the first step done.
There is nothing more tiring than worrying about an uncompleted task, the sooner you start the better. Instead of saying “I wish I had …… say, “I will……”
Never put off until tomorrow what can be done today. Do it now!
“Procrastination is the thief of time.”