|The Lounge | Champions | The Wire | Schedule | Audio | Arcade | The Top Ten | Historical | Email | Video|
3 Great Ways to Beat Procrastination at Work
As more tasks become automated due to advances in technology there is a general expectation, whether it is realistic or not, that productivity should increase as well.
Everyone seems to have more work than can possibly be done in a day and this pressure can result in feelings of being overwhelmed which in turn leads to procrastination at work which can actually decrease productivity if not properly managed.
Although there are hundreds of reasons why we procrastinate and put off difficult tasks, one of the most common reasons people procrastinate is because they are simply overwhelmed by a task which seems too large in scope to complete. And so the natural response is simply to put off ever getting started.
There are four ways to effectively overcome procrastination in this situation...
1. Break your tasks down into multiple and smaller more manageable units and then focus on each unit moving from one to the next as each task is completed.
As you complete each unit of work the success will motivate you to move on to the next one.
With this being said, be careful to not lose sight of the final objective. This leads to the next tip for beating procrastination at work.
2. Do each unit or task one at a time.
A woman I know recently lost her husband. She had never worked day in her life and due to the circumstances of her husband's death she was unable to collect his life insurance policy.
Being in this difficult financial situation forced her to have to find a job and to make an already difficult situation worse she had no work experience or education.
She eventually found a job at a local nursery. She was told the job would be pulling weeds. Although the wages were not that great, the job certainly sounded easy enough.
You can imagine the feelings of being overwhelmed as she stood before a great field as far as she could and was told she was to pull all of the weeds throughout the field.
She was completely overwhelmed by what appeared to be an impossible task. While many would have said "There is no way I am doing this" and quit, she was determined to succeed and told herself that she would simply begin by doing one at a time.
This is excellent advice for beating procrastination at work. You can manage huge work loads if you focus on one at a time.
3. Set aside quiet time to work on the particular project so that you will not be interrupted. Frequent interruptions can easily cause us to lose focus which then takes time to get back.
For larger more complex projects it is also important to schedule this quiet time during a period of the day when you are fresh and thinking clearly.
For many, first thing in the morning is the best time for complex projects that require analytical thinking or problem-solving, while the afternoon is a better time to work on more mundane projects.
By incorporating these three techniques into your work day you will be able to put a stop to procrastination at work caused by large overwhelming projects.
Peter Murphy is a peak performance expert. He recently produced a very popular free report that reveals how to crush procrastination and sustain lasting motivation. Apply now because it is available for a limited time only at: http://www.getmotivatedstaymotivated.com/special.htm
Editorial: Perry's border decision raises questions about political motivation - Midland Reporter-Telegram
Keeping Perspective: When Bad Things Happen That Are Not Life Threatening
The very first thing to question is how important is this in the overall scheme of life? Compared to all of the things that have happened, are happening, and could happen in my life - how bad is this? Is it something that will impact the rest of my life? Is it temporary? Although the pain may not feel like it's temporary, it usually is. It's important to get a perspective.
Quick Steps To Handle Setbacks
Looking for a way to handle a setback?Edward W. Smith, motivational speaker, author and TV show host, who specializes in quick tips on how to move your life ahead even faster, offers this advice.
How To Motivate Yourself For Success?
I was having coffee with my friend the other day. He just joined a multi-level marketing company.
5 Forgotten Secrets to Beating Procrastination at Home
It's not easy to stay motivated and beat procrastination while being at home. Too many distractions and feeling that tasks can always be delayed until tomorrow or the next day can cause procrastination at home to set in.
The Story Of A King And Three Maidens - Six Keys To A Successful Relationship
A King was trying to choose between three maidens to be his wife and queen. It was very difficult to judge since these women were all very intelligent and beautiful.
Hello! It Is Opportunity Calling!
If I knock at your door hold your hand take you towards the road to fortune would you come? If I tell you that I can guide you and point to you where the wealth lies, would you go?In theory each one of us would answer why not! Of course!But in reality things seem to be different.It has been seen that even while on road to wealth people are resistant to walk.
Back to Boot Camp
You know, whenever you are going to make a major change and begin to undergo a different lifestyle, it is probably good to make a massive move in that direction. Think about it.
Who Do You Need To Become To Make It Happen For You?
'We cannot become what we need to be remaining what we are.' -Max DupreeYear after year, month after month, day after day, you have hoped for change.
Extreme Makeover - Compliments of Me
There is a fascination these days with reality shows that completely make over people, rooms, homes, businesses and now towns, in a short amount of time. I have to admit, I love them too.
Stick With the Winners
Here is an interesting quotation from Stephen Walsh."We're building up and tearing down, in everything we do.
How To Deal With Denial
Denial is a coping mechanism commonly used when something happens that we really don't want to see. Doing this is actually quite natural.
Lights, Camera, Take Action
Have you ever had a great business idea?Did you focus & plan out the business in your mind and then write it down on paper?Of course you did "Take Action"? Right?Well most of us have great ideas or talents that we can share with the rest of the world but never do. WHY???Think about how many Jobs you could have created and how many people you could have helped with your idea or business.
Let It Fly Over Your Head
Sarah Watson is a young woman who contracted HIV eleven years ago at the age of seventeen. She and her boyfriend discovered that they were both HIV positive.
Its Not Enough
Whatever you are doing in your life at the present moment; it's not enough. What do you mean it's not enough? I've done all I can.
Testy Horses and the Art of Speed Waiting
"What are you waiting for?" said Nelson, looking at me impatiently. "Well? Go on.
A Book Review: Great Resource for Group Facilitation
Anyone who is a leader or member of a group and wants to get things accomplished knows that there are many issues and challenges that groups commonly face as they seek to find creative solutions, launch new initiatives, and create high performing teams.The Book Leading Groups to Solutions addresses how team leaders and team members can collaborate, problem solve, plan, organize, and make decisions by exploring models and tools that enable facilitators to help groups achieve their goals.
What Is Failing Forward?
What an absurd statement! Absurd or not, progress is not possible without failure. It is part of being an evolving and growing human being.
Motivation - How to Design a Life
"Have you ever felt like you've become the worst possible version of yourself?" - Tom Hanks in "You've Got Mail"Have you ever been relaxing at the movies, enjoying a nice lite movie, only to get blown away by a line said in passing?That's what happened recently as my wife and I watched "You've Got Mail" with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The couple are having an ongoing email courtship, exchanging messages in the wee hours of the night, when this question comes out of nowhere: "have you ever felt like you've become the worst possible version of yourself?"And I thought we were just going to the movies.
A Resolution for Excellence
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
MY FOUR-MINUTE DANCING CAREERA few years ago, I decided to pursue my dream of being a dancer. I was 37 years old and being a dancer was on my list of things to do before I die, so I thought I'd better get cracking before osteoporosis or some other age-related malady took hold of my body.
Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us
Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.