Procrastinating is a something that we all struggle with but your time management can make or break it. Which is why it is so important to learn the necessary time management ideas that can help you to quit procrastinating. And those ideas are what we are going to discuss today!
Before we can get into these time management tips that can help you stop procrastinating let’s quickly talk about how time management can be so helpful to your life.
Reasons that time management is necessary for improving your life:
- Better time management is one of the main things you can do to boost productivity.
- It can decrease the stress you feel in your life.
- Having better time management skills can help you have more time for the things you love!
- Helps you make sure you hit deadlines and goals in time.
- Improved time management skills go hand in hand with improved self discipline.
Now let’s get into these time management ideas to help you stop procrastinating!
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Time Management Ideas To Help You Stop Procrastinating
Follow these time management tips so you can stop being a procrastinator:
Idea 1: Work on not falling for distractions.
Giving into the distractions around you is the “easiest” way to procrastinate. You can just glance down at your phone and have hours of distractions easily available to help you procrastinate.
To train yourself to never fall for distractions you have to start by setting yourself up for success. Take the necessary precautions to make your work area distraction free (and yes that includes putting away/turning off your cell phone).
I have a whole guide here on minimizing distractions and making a better work environment so you don’t procrastinate.
Idea 2: Take strategic short breaks throughout the day.
This may seem like its feeding procrastination but it’s not actually!
I have a whole guide on taking breaks here but in a nutshell when you take strategically timed and planned for breaks throughout your day you actually can help yourself be refreshed and recharged. Which ultimately leads to improved productivity each day.
It also helps you avoid feelings of burn out and declining mental wellness. Which you don’t want for a lot of reasons of course including that if you get to feeling burnt out you won’t be productive and working towards your dreams. Balance is important in your life and taking strategic breaks is an amazing way to ensure you have balance while still helping with improving your productivity.
Idea 3: Start time loggings.
This is essential for knowing where your time is going so you can know how often you are procrastinating!
Time logging is very simple. It just means at the end of every half hour or hour you log what you completed in that time frame. Generally I find that hourly works the best. Also because then you can use an hourly planner (like this one) for doing the time log.
I find it to be so helpful to learn the skill of time logging for two reasons:
Reason 1: it gives you an idea of where your time is going. If you feel like your days are flying by and you aren’t accomplishing enough it can be incredibly helpful to do a time log every day for a week.
Reason 2: it keeps you on track and holds you accountable. When you are aware of what you are completing it can make sure that you know what you have finished so you can plan to get everything you need to get done actually done that day.
Idea 4: Learn how to write efficient to do lists.
Having a solid ideas of what and when things need to be accomplished before you even start is so helpful for not procrastinating.
It’s easy to convince yourself that things can be dealt with later. But if you have it written on list that HAS to be dealt with that day/week/month etc. then you are way less likely to push it off.
To-do lists sound really basic but there are tips and tricks you can take for writing efficient to do lists that help you avoid procrastinating and stay on top of deadlines.
*Bonus tip: using a cute to do list notepad can bring you a little extra joy and I highly recommend it.
Idea 5: Stop multitasking!
Multitasking can seem like a great way to get more done but don’t fall for it!
Multitasking actually makes you take longer to accomplish both tasks compared to if you completed one at a time. Think about it- your brain has to constantly switch gears when you are multitasking which takes time even if it’s just seconds, and those seconds add up quickly.
Multitasking also makes it more likely that you will make a mistake while you’re completing the tasks. Set yourself up for a procrastination free and mistake free day by accomplishing one task at a time.
Idea 6: Learn to prioritize.
Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.
This is a beyond helpful skill to learn for learning to manage your time better.
If you find yourself at the end of the day wishing there were more hours in the day then it is certainly time for you to learn some prioritizing skills. The reality is that you can’t always accomplish everything you want to everyday. Which means you have to make sure that you prioritize what you really want to get done to ensure there is time for it.
Prioritizing starts to become more and more natural as you do it and you will start to feel the positive effects of it and feel that you have more control of your time.
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