Stop Procrastinating! Increase Your Productivity!
Sorry for being so abrupt, but it’s true. If you want to start being more productive, you need to procrastinate less. This may seem like an obvious answer to relieve the symptoms of low output, but what isn’t as obvious is why you are putting things off so much in the first place.
Studies have shown that if you procrastinate, odds are it’s because you don’t have the confidence to get the tasks done you’ve set out to do. Not only that, but you may not think you have the ability to do the tasks you have been putting off.
It makes sense doesn’t it? Of course that’s not always the case. As I can contest, there are times when I put things off and procrastinate for days, simply because I am too lazy to get the work done. Laziness has become the cornerstone of a culture in decline.
A culture that would rather sit in front of the television or computer and play video games than be productive in our households and our community’s.
We would rather pass the torch when it comes to doing anything that could make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. Well, how can we be productive in society when we’re not even being productive in our own lives?
So, what can you do to increase productivity in your life?
Stop procrastinating. Stop being lazy. Stop making excuses.
Sounds simple enough, or does it? Truth is, it is simple, but there are some changes you need to make in your life in order to stop these bad habits. You have to first look at the underlying issues that cause you to procrastinate, be lazy, and throw excuses out to ease your conscious.
Let’s look at some of the issues that bring us to the point of procrastination and laziness. By understanding some of the issues that bring you to procrastinate, maybe you will be able to understand them.
I could talk about ways to be more productive all day long, including how to stop procrastinating, but without understanding why you are doing it, you are less likely to take action and do what it takes to implement different methods.
We live in a modern world that is full of distractions. There are a million different things coming from a thousand different directions, which make it hard for us to stay focused on anything, much less being fully productive on completing a project that takes any substantial amount of time to complete.
How many times have you thought of an idea or decided you wanted to try something new, only to quit before you start when you realize that the time it is going to take to complete is too much?
You become impulsed to lose weight or start a new habit, but what you don’t realize, is just because it sounds like what you want at the time, doesn’t mean you are going to be willing to put forth the effort to make it happen.
Fear of Failure…
Plainly put, fear is the reason why so many of us avoid moving forward. Whether it’s a project, starting something new, or changing something in our lives, fear is usually to blame in one form or another. You might not recognize it at first, as fear has a way of masking itself from us.
You must recognize that fear can be causing you to procrastinate. You just need to be able to overcome it. How? That’s for another discussion. For now, just know that it can be a problem, but one that can be fixed.
Not being able to make a decision because you just can choose is sometimes worse than making the wrong one. At least when you make a bad decision, you made one. If you are constantly left not knowing what to do, you are just delaying and procrastinating.
Time to Get to Work
Now that you know what to be aware of, let’s look at how to actually increase your productivity. Depending on where you look, (as with anything) you’ll find about a thousand different tips on how to be more productive. I have just one for you today. It’s definitely not new, but once you put it to use, you’ll be able to increase your productivity two-fold.
Being strategic in the work you do, is a great way to improve your productivity. Having a strategy setup before, during, and after you take action on something–will help you to do it more efficiently and effectively.
I have a strategy for almost everything. When I wake up in the morning, I quickly strategize in my head, how I will go about the tasks I need to complete for the day. I even break it down to the next steps, to make sure I’m making good use of my time.
That may seem like a bit overboard and probably is–I’m just sayin that if you learn to how to use a strategy in the work you do–life in general, you will accomplish a whole lot more. You will also be better at what you do.
For an example; I, along with my brother who I work with at my full-time job (for now) are the best at what we do. Everything we do, is based on production and you have to meet a minimum standard, blah, blah, blah you know the drill. Just another day in corporate america.
So, we get asked a lot from other coworkers, “how we do what we do”, or why are we so successful at our jobs. I always say that I know how to strategize. To me, it’s easy. Then again, not to toot my own horn or whatever–I have always been above average when it comes to doing the things I try and do.
I only get that way, because I have a deep need to do the things I do–well. I don’t know any other way to be. I just don’t like doing anything half-assed, or whatever you want to call it.
Ok. So how do you come up with a good strategy?
You just need to learn it, do it, then do it better. When I’m going to form a strategy, I take what I know about whatever it is I happen to be doing–and think of ways I can do it better, faster, and more proficient than I did it before. That’s pretty much it. It’s not really rocket science.
I’m not intending that what’s easy for me will be easy for you. As long as you are continuously thinking of ways to improve and be more productive–you will eventually implement new ways–better ways of doing your work.
What about you? What are some ways that make you more productive? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.