Procrastinator may just be a buzzword. It is the permanent struggle to fight against the force of inertia inherent in every human being. Or procrastination has harmful consequences in relationships with others because it puts the person to be permanently late and therefore under the judgment and gaze of others
” It’s too complicated…. I won’t be able to do it…I promise I’ll start tomorrow…I’ll do it in the evening…during the week… I did not have the time… “. Do you usually make such offers? Yes, you know that you are a “procrastinator”: a person who tends to answer later than that to get it done. And when you are a business leader, it is better to try to stop this bad habit as quickly as possible at the risk of finding yourself in a dead end!
According to Diane Ballonad Rolland, in her book I stop procrastinating! I published with Eyrolles editions “The way of kaizen, used by Japanese companies for fifty years, is probably one of the most effective strategies, and certainly the softest, to believe in change and achieve a goal. By adopting the path of kaizen, he also uses the philosophy of “small steps”, everything, I mean everything becomes possible, accessible, within our reach! »
and she adds “Procrastination most often arises from the discouragement that we have all felt one day before the magnitude of a task to be accomplished, which suddenly seems “insurmountable” to us…. »
Here are some useful tips to free yourself from procrastination.
Be ready to change behavior
Like a person who is determined to lose weight, you must be motivated, be ready to change your behavior and prepare the ground to get there. You agree once again that you will have to exert effort in the coming days to meet the rails and you are empowered to stick to the daily schedule.
Start with your organizer
Like old times, make a to-do list for the day. Start by choosing the most important and difficult ones before moving on to the most important ones. Do not forget anything on the list. Remember to discover the activities of the longest in several stages and to respect a time limit for each of them. For example, instead of putting “send an email to customer X”, put instead “send an email to customer X at 11 am”. At the end of the day, you’re going to feel fierce looking at the list.
Prioritize two-minute activities
In his book “Getting Things Done”, David Allen advises to give priority to activities that smoke less than two minutes. For example, send an email, print a report, ask a customer to follow up, do the dishes right after the meal, sort the trash cans, etc. These are usually the tasks that you repeat every other day. So strive to produce every next 120 seconds.
Keep it simple
An overly complicated organization can mean drudgery for your subconscious. In this case, you will no longer want to complete a task. Don’t wait for the perfect moment or the perfect product or the perfect project, in short, don’t be a perfectionist. Avoid thinking that everything you do has to be perfect.
Keep calm and focus on a task
To be productive, you must not be distracted by other things. As soon as you start an important task, concentrate as much as possible to finish before starting another one. Don’t be distracted by the smiley notification of messages from your smartphone. It is recommended to put your laptop on silent or temporarily cut off your internet connection. This will avoid being tempted by the urge to read the latest publications every 3 minutes on social networks. You can read your messages during the break.
Take real breaks
At work, try to really take a breather during your breaks. This allows you to be concentrated and efficient the rest of the day. You can also devote the mini breaks in the course of working hours to a quick coffee or a snack to get some news. In this case, try to time the time for a voluntary break (5 to 10 minutes). Be careful, since the timer is ringing, really get back to work.
If you can’t center yourself on Seoul, go to the others. Sometimes working in a team can stop procrastination. As a team, ideas materialize and work better. Each member motivates the troop and contributes to the attention of the objectives. A competition is established and stimulates everyone not to fall behind.
Give yourself rewards
Imagine realistic rewards commensurate with effort. Say for example, if I manage to finish this file, I treat myself to a coffee, a cake, sushi for lunch, a weekend in Spain, etc.