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Battling against procrastination



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15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management: The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs.
Kevin Kruse
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Everyone’s been there, done that: an important deadline is creeping up and instead of working on the project at hand, you’re planted in front of a screen scrolling through tiktok, watching your favorite TV show. Procrastination is a tough one, but, luckily, there are strategies to break free from it and start getting things done.

An interesting quote I read about is: Procrastination can be overcome by imagining your future self.

After all, we don’t procrastinate because we’re lazy, but because we don’t have sufficient motivation. Imagining ourself in the future can help fix this problem and it’s as simple as asking yourself two questions: “What pleasure will I get by doing this thing?” and “What pain will I feel if I don’t do it?”

For instance, if your goal is to complete one essay page per day, but you can’t get yourself to read any books, just imagine your team getting a 100% fine, which everyone will hate you for. Such a mental routine will get you to start reading and produce content.

At the same time, being honest about the actions your future self will take can also help you achieve your goals. Another example that many might struggle with; if you know you’ll be inclined to eat unhealthy snacks during a future break, you can protect yourself by throwing out all the junk food in your house. You could even go a step further by filling the house with healthy options like grapes or vegan dip.

One very important thing actually is that there will always be more to do; you can’t do everything. And that’s fine! So let’s not be too harsh on ourselves.

 

On a normal day in aksu, I find myself struggling to stay focused and productive especially on the dark Tuesday afternoons. However, I did some research and found out about this “secret rule” which says that grouping your work into recurring themes each week will make you more effective.

A famous example of this rule comes from Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter and founder of Square. He says that the secret to running both his companies was to have a theme for each day. For instance, on Mondays, he would focus on management; Wednesdays would be dedicated to marketing; and Sunday would be reserved for reflection, feedback and strategy for the next week.

In this case, theming each week based on three types of days to stay focused and innovative is the secret. The first type is called a focus day, which is for vital activities like revenue-growing tasks. The second type is called a buffer day, which is for catching up on emails, returning calls, having meetings, delegating tasks and doing paperwork. And finally, a free day is one on which no work should be done. This last type is reserved for vacation, shopping or even drinking wine.

 

Another simple way to boost efficiency has to do with tackling small tasks, and it basically is about immediately taking action on tasks that’ll take fewer than five minutes to accomplish and avoid returning to the same task over and over, like reserving 5 minutes a day to go through teams chats or emails rather than letting those pile up and weeks later then spending hours going through everything.

REFERENCE

15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management: The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs. K, Kruse. The Kruse Group. 2015

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