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If you are anything like me, I’m sure you have surfed the internet trying to figure out how to deal with this problem. Because let’s be honest. Being a procrastinator it’s annoying.
I go through periods of time where I’m the most productive person in the world, but I burnout pretty fast. Then I spent a whole week (sometimes even more) trying to go back to my routine. I still need to find the perfect balance, but that conversation is for another day.
Today I’ll share with you the top 7 productivity tips for the die hard procrastinator. These tips are the ones that always help me to be productive again. It’s not easy and it takes time to adjust, but when you create a routine, everything gets easier.
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Productivity Tips For The Die Hard Procrastinator
Last year I wrote a pretty long post about how to stop procrastinating and the reasons why you are doing it. It’s really helpful if you are just starting out. Once you get the hang of it, you can add these tips. To read that post, click here.
Procrastinating is a bad habit that can be hard to tame. I have learned that the best way to deal with it is by learning the reasons behind your procrastination. There’s a pattern behind procrastination, so once you learn the why, everything gets easier.The best way to deal with procrastination is by learning the reason why you are doing it in first place. There's a pattern behind procrastination, so once you learn the why, everything gets easier. Click To Tweet
1. Get A Pretty Planner To Commit
I learned this recently, and let me tell you, it has been working amazingly for me. Not so long ago I got this Happy Planner. I wanted a pretty planner that would let me organize my blog, side hustle and just whatever else I needed.
Besides that, I got a few stickers (this pack in particular) and colors to make everything look pretty. That way it would motivate me to get things done. Just after a few weeks using it, I realized that once I wrote down something on my planner I would push myself to do it and finished it.
I know it sounds crazy, but it has help me to get things done when I’m supposed to. I don’t want to ruin the planner, so I stick to whatever I set, for the sake of keeping it pretty. This is by far one of my favorite productivity tips!Deadlines have a way of motivating procrastinators, and we seem to respond better when we feel that pressure. Click To Tweet
Without even noticing I’ve been doing some of the things experts knew already. Studies suggest that procrastinators can push themselves to act if they make commitments to themselves (in my case, keeping the planner pretty). These commitments can be done in private or public.
Public commitments can be the best way to start if you are having a hard time. For example, telling your boss that you will finish something at a certain time, or telling your friends or family you will do something in particular. Deadlines have a way of motivating procrastinators, and we seem to respond better when we feel that pressure.
2. Do Your Most Dreaded Task First
When we wake up is when we have the motivation to do a lot of things. We are just starting the day so we also have the energy to deal with the tasks we dread the most.
If in your case that doesn’t happen in the morning, set up the tasks for when you feel the most motivated. Play some music (that will boost your mood) and get everything done.
When I started to workoutout, I would do it in the morning. I knew that if I didn’t do that first thing in the morning, I would just end up avoiding it.
3. Take Breaks
As procrastinators, we need breaks to avoid getting overwhelmed or bored with the task we are currently doing. It’s so easy to find something else to do when you aren’t feeling what you are doing.
The key is to take short breaks in between every assignment. If it helps, make a list of those things you want to do in your breaks. Eat a snack, spend some time on Instagram, walk your dog, etc.
Another way you can do that is by using the effective hack called (10+2)*5 created by Merlin Mann. What does that mean? In short words: you work for ten minutes, then you get a 2-minute break to do whatever you want. The “5” means that you’re going to repeat this four more times for a total of one hour of working + breaking.
4. Defeat Monotony By Changing Your Environment
Another thing that affects my productivity is where I spend my time working. I know that in most offices is hard to change your desk or the place you are working; but if you use a laptop at work, try to change the monotony of your workplace.
Most days I work at home, so I pretty much try to spend my days in different places. I go to the kitchen, the living room, dining room, outside, and obviously a coffee shop when it’s possible (let’s be honest, that can be expensive).
5. Be Productive While Feeling Lazy
Sometimes you have those days when you really want to stay in bed doing nothing. Especially during the weekend! Sadly, life keeps happening and there are a lot of things you need to do. Like laundry or organizing your closet.
Make a list on your phone of all those things you need to do and try to do all you can from your bed. If you need to organize your closet, do some research of the best way to do it. If you need to plan your meals, make a list of whatever you want to eat in a week.
You can use that down time to still be productive without doing much!
6. Plan Your Day The Night Before
Now this is key and by far the #1 productivity tip for the die hard procrastinator. Knowing what are you going to so the next day helps a lot to set up your day the best way you can.
I plan my day based on what my priorities are and what would take me just a few minutes. The most important task is the thing I do first thing in the morning. After that’s done I do whatever will take me just a few minutes (like replaying to emails). When that’s done I try to do something where I have to be creative. Then repeat.
7. Break Down A Big Project Into Mini Tasks
When I have to write a blog post, it’s not only about writing. I need to take pictures, create graphics for Pinterest, add links and edit it.
If I just write on my planner “write blog post” I would drive myself crazy because I know it implies more. So I write down everything that comes up with that.
By doing that, I get the pleasure to cross out all those tasks. It makes me happy and it keeps me motivated to keep going. Things are getting done and I’m doing a good job!
Now tell me, do you usually procrastinate? What are some of your top productivity tips? Let me know in the comments!