Being productive means different things to different people. Whether it’s starting your own business, finishing a college degree or just getting more done in a day, then this post is for you. Here are four ways to stop procrastinating and be more productive.
1. Determine your goal
You spent all day watching Netflix on a Saturday, but you know you need to finish an assignment for school or work on a website for your business? To combat procrastination and increase productivity you need to identify your big goal. Are you working on a graduate degree? Then that paper is one step closer to reaching your goal of graduating. Do you need to work on a website for your business? The end goal of having the website for your business is to draw customers in so you can create the life you want. So, spending an hour working on your website versus watching the latest episode of the Real Housewives, is a more productive use of your time.
2. Know your why
Why are you trying to achieve a graduate degree? Why do you want a promotion at work? Whatever the goal is you need to know your why. Do you need the degree to make a career change? Are you ready to transition into working for yourself, and you need a website so you can let the world know about your business? Knowing your why will help keep you motivated in working towards the big picture.
3. Identify the little steps and block off your time.
What steps do you need to take to reach your goal? If you are seeking a promotion at work what steps do you need to take to get that promotion? Do you need to increase your sales or the hours you work? Make a plan and block off time on your calendar to make it happen.
4. Get Excited
Now, you may not be excited about having to work on your website, finish an assignment for school, or work extra hours, but surely you will be excited when your website is done or you get a promotion at work which typically means more money!!!! Get excited about the big goal. It will help you stay motivated when the procrastination tries to sneak in. Let the excitement of the end goal fuel you to complete those small tedious tasks when you’re simple not in the mood.