Learning the skills of time management will help you become a more efficient and productive worker. But saying it is different from actually doing it. It is quite easy to tell yourself, “I will be productive today”, but putting those words into action may become highly influenced by many elements that seem out of your control.
Determining the source behind a procrastinating habit can help you start eliminating it from your professional life. Here are simple tips on how to manage your time properly, meet your goals and win your battle against procrastination.
Do not call yourself “lazy” and just complacently settle into the label. Instead, identify the things that are keeping you from doing what you should be doing at the time that you should be doing them. Perhaps there’s something that’s bothering you, like a personal issue or a healthy concern. It may also be a cluttered environment, too many things that need to be done, and just plainly poor preparation on your part.
Once you have identified the problem, you can better address it and deal with it in order to gain a sense of enthusiasm for your task.
Be an early bird. Coming in early for work gives you enough time to get your desk organized, update your to-do list, and take a deep relaxing breath before you start taking on the challenges of the day. Remember that the most efficient professionals are those who get up early, go to work early and stay focused on their task for the rest of the workday.
Set realistic goals within a realistic timeframe. Learn to say “no” to an overload of tasks if you have the option of doing so. Remember that you are after all, just human, and you cannot possibly be everybody’s hero. Learn your limitations and acknowledge them.
Prioritizing is golden, use it. Work on the projects that need to be done at the soonest first, and set the rest for a later time. Remember to give yourself time to take a breather in between tasks. Overworking yourself will only make you all the more reluctant and unable to accomplish anything.
And lastly, striving for perfection is the task of gods, of which you are not one. Perfectionist tendencies do not only slow you down, but it can also get you stuck in a task for a longer period of time than is necessary. When “good enough is good enough,” let it go and focus on your tasks.