Every now and then I want to write a post or start a new design and I find that there are so many other things I could do like watch another video on YouTube or plan an imaginary vacation.
It’s a bit ironic since I’m talking about procrastination, but today was one of those days.
I always had trouble starting projects. I would often shrug it off and tell others that I work better under pressure, but it’s not always true. I’m just good at excuses. It turns out that all procrastinators are. It’s also true that everybody has done it at least once.
When you are working from home, it’s very important to learn how to stop procrastinating because there will always be distractions around you. Instead of letting it affect your life and business, you should take charge.
Here are 6 ways to increase productivity when you don’t feel like working:
Figure out why you procrastinate
Procrastination usually has a psychological cause. You might hate your work, feel insecure about your skills, or you might be worried because you will have to spend a long time on your project. There are also those who love the adrenaline rush they get from completing a project in the last minute.
The bottom line is that you are usually avoiding something, and in order to stop procrastinating, you have to know why you are doing it.
Did you figure it out? Let’s see how we can increase productivity.
Make priority lists
I love making lists, so it was normal for me to make to-do lists. They would make me feel more productive, but I would rarely keep up with them.
Instead of writing down every little task you have to do for the day, you can write down the most important things like writing a new blog post or installing a client website.
Unless priority #1 is due the next day, you can break down harder projects into manageable tasks. You can work an hour a day on them or a day every week.
Schedule your most important tasks
Some feel more productive early in the morning, while others like to work late at night.
I feel the most productive and creative somewhere between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. so that’s when I write blog posts and work on client projects.
Adding your most important tasks to your daily schedule instead of winging it will make them seem more real. Which in turn might make you think more about how you will approach your tasks.
Create a routine
I spend every morning drinking a cup of coffee and answering emails or doing a little maintenance work on my website. It might not sound as a very exciting morning, but since I’m not a morning person, it helps me get ready for the things I have to do during the day. After clearing my inbox, I usually concentrate on the most important tasks of the day or week.
We are very different, some like to go jogging in the morning, while others like to take it easy, but the most important thing is to create a routine that works for you.
It might be because I am a master procrastinator or maybe it’s because I have the attention span of a cat, but short breaks help me work more.
Allowing yourself to take a break when one of your tasks is done will feel like a reward and might motivate you to finish it. Not to mention that 15 minutes spent walking or reading a chapter of your favorite book might get your creative juices flowing.
Stop being so hard on yourself
Whenever I procrastinate instead of working on something, I feel guilty. This doesn’t help me and sometimes it leads to anxiety. Knowing that I have to start right away and worrying about deadlines will not make me more productive. More likely this will make me work less.
Instead of being angry at yourself, you can admit defeat and try to take care of a less important task. This way you will still procrastinate when it comes to the anxiety-inducing tasks while doing something productive. And if it’s a really bad day, you can quit and go see a movie.
What do you do when you don’t feel like working?