Did you know that the word Procrastinate comes from the late 16th century and is Latin. It’s meaning is procrastinat- ‘deferred till the morning’, from the verb procrastinare, from pro- ‘forward’ + crastinus ‘belonging to tomorrow’. The real meaning for us, is that we find that tomorrow arrives and in fact we now have less time.
If you think about this and look at our lives, it is easy to see how many of us get to the end of each day and wonder where the hours went and why there are still so many things left on our list.
Here are some tips to help:
- Write yourself a “to do list” but go further than this, apply a time frame to it, for when the job or task will be completed, that way you set yourself boundaries. Knowing that you have an allocated time period to finish helps you maintain focus.
- If your task is a large one, break it down into smaller sections to work through. Sometimes a task can look so big that we keep putting it off, thinking “That is a big job I better leave it till I have more time”, The reality is that “more time” will never arrive.
- Build in accountability for what you want to achieve, you can do this by asking your friends or colleagues to help keep you on track. Share your to do list and apply check in points for them to monitor your progress.
- Remove all distractions. With technology the way it is and the many communications platforms that are out there, it is easy to get distracted. Lock yourself away and turn off your notifications that way you won’t be tempted to quickly check that email or text message, or jump onto your social media site. By removing these distractions the task at hand will be completed before you know it.
- Reward yourself on your achievements. We all know that feeling, the sense of accomplishment when something is finished. Take a break and go for a short walk, grab yourself that well deserved coffee, grab a snack and before you know it you are ready to tackle the next challenge.
The key is, start today! Develop your new habits and look at how your can adapt a few small changes in your mind set, this helps shift your perspective and puts you in charge of your day and on the pathway to success.