The ‘I am motivated by deadlines’ type say they are starting to write the 30-page report one week before the due date even if they have a whole year to complete the assignment because they can’t work unless they know it has to be done immediately. They usually end up exhausted but like their results because: ‘I only wrote it in a few nights!’
The anxious anticipator type is not up to completing the task yet because of a feeling of uneasiness only when thinking about it. If it repeats on a daily basis and regards several types of tasks, they may need to change their lives.
The ‘I did not know I was late’ type have no problem showing up 1 hour later than planned because they did not know everyone else would be there so early. And also they did not know that getting ready for the meeting/project would require so much time.
The optimist was sure that the allocated span of time was enough and there would be plenty of it. They figure out in the last moment that they have to give up quality for working faster. But hey, a project done in a hurry has chances to succeed too, doesn’t it?
The habit of delaying tasks can affect one’s economy, personal life and career. Learning to get things done without postponement is one of the greatest steps in becoming more productive.
Start with asking yourself:
How do you feel? Is it a task you dislike and would rather do something else? Of course you cannot avoid going to the dentist, paying bills, writing your final paper and so on, but there are many other examples of activities in the daily life that would not need to be performed only if we changed perspective a bit. For example, you like to write but don’t like working with graphics… or the other way around… you can hire a freelancer to do the part that annoys you so that blogging does not transform in a nuisance. In the long run, this investment can save time and nerves.
When do you work best? Some people are productive in the morning and others say that they focus better during evenings or nights. Notice what works for you and use those hours to complete the assignments you’d otherwise avoid while you are most alert.
How long is your attention-span? Learn to divide tasks in pieces. What is the use of spending 2 hours working on a project if you only focused for one hour and spent the rest of the time almost just looking at the blank page? Divide your working schedule in 2 hours of work – 15-minute break or 60 minutes of work – 5-minute break.
Fix the postponing tendencies:
Learn to wait for the feeling of gratification. You can have your beloved leisure time after you cleaned up and checked everything in your to-do list.
Start the day before
Get your things ready. For example, you need to write articles tomorrow. Clean your desk from whatever distracts you, have your resources ready and prepare mentally that the day of tomorrow is for writing this article.
Control your impulses
We grab the phones to check email, Facebook and Twitter before we even realize. Maybe it is best to eliminate these distractors, as well as other impulses that hinder the completion of the assignment.
Understand the outcomes
Think well about what you get if you submit a good article/project and what happens if you are late or hand in a project of a doubtful quality.
Concentrate on the task
Don’t think about what you are doing later today and so on… Just complete the assignment and think about things related to it.
Planning much VS focusing on one thing per day
There are two types of people. Some write a large list and try to cover as many tasks as possible in one day. The rest of the tasks get transferred in the list of the next day, along with several others, and so on… The one who talked about this method said it was working well. On the other side there are people who set one goal for the day and see that they get it done.
If you identify with any type, just leave a comment 🙂 If I missed anything, let me know too!