Techniques For Beating Procrastination

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Published: 3 Mar 2016      

Whether you are starting a brand new job or have been in a role for a number of years and are starting to feel a little burned out, procrastination can lead to tasks being left undone, resulting in your career stagnating over time.

This is particularly important in the medical fields, where delaying paperwork may result in a backlog that you have to spend your own time catching up on, more so than you normally would. The following techniques should help you to cut down on your procrastination so that you can get as much of your work done as possible during the working day.

Get Rid of Distractions

We all have things that distract us, with common examples in the workplace being excessive chatting or too much time spent using social media rather than doing your work. You need to be honest about whatever your distractions are and do whatever you can to weed them out.

Now this doesn’t mean that you need to cut out everything that makes the workplace more enjoyable. Just take note of the things that distract you for a little longer than they should and take steps to end the distraction earlier so that it doesn’t negatively impact your work.

Create a Schedule

Many people start to procrastinate when they don’t have a set deadline for a task to be completed or they simply don’t keep a record of important tasks that need to be done.

To counter this, you can keep a diary on hand, be it via the calendar on your phone or a physical diary, where you jot down every single task that you need to complete and a deadline date for it. Not only does this keep your work fresh in your mind, but it also allows for a physical sense of completion to the task when you cross it off your list, keeping your motivated in the process.

Identify Your Least Favourite Tasks

For a lot of people, procrastination starts when they are faced with a task that they find uninteresting. Many will put such tasks off until the last minute simply because they do not want to do them at all.

These tasks will often change depending on your mood, so try to keep track of how you feel when in the workplace and start tackling your tasks based on what you feel like doing. If you’re in the mood for getting admin work done, it becomes much easier to actually complete the work than if you would rather be doing something else.

Make A Start, Even If You Don’t Finish

There will be times when you just don’t have enough time during the course of the day to complete all of your tasks. This happens to all of us and can be the result of anything from poor time management to your superiors perhaps not considering how much time some tasks take.

Many people will often choose not to start a task in the knowledge that they won’t finish, but this often results in wasted time. Instead, always try to make a start even if you know you won’t finish. This will put you I good stead for the next working day and will allow yourself and others to see that some progress is being made.

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