What projects are you putting off? Tips to stop procrastination:
- Didn’t your mother say to clean your room? That holds true for your office space as well. If your physical environment is distracting, you’re likely to be distracted. Let’s channel some order and tranquility, giving your head space room to create.
- Get Dressed. Even though 43 percent of us are working remotely (according to Gallup) that doesn’t mean that PJ’s are the trend in office attire. Pull yourself together.
- Prioritize your tasks. Note the times and create a workday list showing reasonable completion times. As you complete the tasks create rewards – like a run or walk. (And take your dog with you.)
- Stuck on a writing assignment? Just deal with some headlines first. A quick brainstorm of possible subject headlines rolls the project into stage two. Or call a friend to help you brainstorm. Bringing in new ideas generally gets a project moving to a better place.
- And . . . some degree of procrastination is good for creativity. Organizational psychologist, Adam Grant, did a study in which they found that there’s a sweet spot somewhere between finishing a project as soon as possible and waiting until the very last minute. “It’s only when you’re told that you’re going to be working on this problem, and then you start procrastinating, but the task is still active in the back of your mind, that you start to incubate,” he said. “Procrastination gives you time to consider divergent ideas, to think in nonlinear ways, to make unexpected leaps.”