April 8, 2020

Work from Home Tips: How do I overcome procrastination?

In this blog post, we’ll tackle another pressing matter when it comes to working from home (or doing any task in general) – procrastination.

 

In the previous blog of WFH tips, we discussed priorities. But even if we do our best to prioritize our work, we can still fall into procrastination. We start to feel a surge of laziness and the next thing you know, we end up watching hours of random videos on YouTube or lying around playing games on our phones.

 

But don’t beat yourself over it. We all procrastinate and it can happen to the best of us. Even the most hardworking person you know has procrastinated in the past. Here are some steps to begin when you find yourself falling into procrastination.

 

ACCEPT

We all have procrastinated before and it can feel terrible. But the sooner we accept it, the faster we can overcome it and go back to our tasks. We are humans at the end of the day, and we’re all far from perfect creatures.

 

Sometimes, we spiral into longer hours into procrastination. It becomes an endless cycle of unproductivity. As we accept that it has happened, we need to overcome it.

 

Ask yourself: how did I end up procrastinating in the first place? Did someone distract me from my task? Was it the amount of work that discouraged me to continue?

 

Whatever the reason may be, we fell out of work for a reason. Whether we burned out or our focus shifted, we must understand and accept those reasons. Only then, we can move onto the next step: reset our minds and our priorities.

 

RESET

 

Allow yourself to take a break once in a while to reset our minds. We are not robots that can work non-stop, and the more consistent our breaks are, the less we end up procrastinating for longer hours. Often, we end up procrastinating because we burn ourselves out.

 

Though, keep in mind that when you do take breaks, it doesn’t end up a couple of hours long – that’s procrastination. Schedule your breaks for no longer than 15 minutes if it does not involve your meals.

 

While resetting our minds, we can take the time to reset our priorities as well. If you’re not sure how to prioritize your endless tasks, read the previous blog here.

 

We have done resetting our minds and our priorities – what’s next? It’s time to return to our tasks.

 

COMMIT

 

Once you’ve allowed yourself to take some rest, commit to the tasks at hand. There are different techniques to help you commit to working. Some people work better when there’s a deadline. For others, they commit better when they have a colleague to help them stay accountable. Figure out what works best for you.

 


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