Do you love the excitement of starting a new project, but start dragging your heels part way through?
Or conversely, perhaps you do everything you can to avoid beginning, and then when you finally do, you think ‘this isn’t so bad, why didn’t I start this sooner?’
Either way, whether you’re a good initiator or a better finisher, it’s helpful to learn how to overcome tendencies to be a last-minute person.
This is because a last minute person is actually sabotaging their work or study attempts by not giving themselves enough time to do a good job of the task at hand. They are also taking away some of the beneficial aspects of the task – education or new clarity, perhaps – by rushing through it and not having the time to absorb new knowledge or to present their findings in the best possible way.
Read on to discover some productivity tips from a successful life and business coach.
Stay off Social Media
If you’re trying to get some important work done, you don’t need social media splitting your attention span. If you are serious about your work, you need to spend time with it – quality time. It’s like a child in that respect. You need 100% of your mind to be accessible so that you can create the best quality work. Sometimes people get afraid of how long a task will take them. Ironically, these same people will prolong their work time by distracting themselves from their task.
Any attention fragmenting activity could be to blame, but social media is one of the worst. If you must use social media, put a strict time limit on it, or use an app on your computer or device that allows you to switch off access to distracting websites while you work. Life and business coaching often revolves around making the most of your inner and outer resources for self-improvement. Get a head start on this process by reigning in your use of social media.
There are a variety of different kinds of lists you can make to help boost your productivity, including to-do lists, lists of goals, and tasks that needs to be done ASAP. The main benefit of lists is that they get all the priorities that are flying around your head down onto paper, where they can be clearly seen, prioritised and attended to. If you never write down what needs to be done, you just perpetuate the feeling of being overwhelmed. Feeling overwhelmed is a disempowering emotion, but by writing your tasks down, you can take power of the situation and avoid helplessness. If you feel helpless in life on a consistent basis, personal life coaching could help to switch your thinking and empower yourself.
Slow Life Down
Perhaps one of the reasons why you do everything at the last minute is because you’re living in a state of stress and overwhelm. It’s important to take time out from the busy pace of the world to recharge your batteries and remember that you can work towards your goals at an easy pace. Activities such as meditation and yoga can help you learn to pace yourself.
Using a diary every day teaches you to schedule in small daily tasks that have a cumulative effect in helping you reach your goals. If you have a big project due in a few months, cut the project down into subtasks and mark them into your diary. That way, you can slow down and complete the task in a sustainable way, rather than doing everything at the last minute in a big ball of stress.
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