Put an end to procrastination
● Many of us are all too familiar with procrastination, finding all sorts of superurgent things to do rather than the one thing we really have to do, but we can break out of its clutches.
“We can influence and change our behaviour, so productivity becomes a joy,” says Helene Vermaak, business director at The Human Edge. She advises:
● Put your tasks in writing in your calendar, so they are harder to avoid. This comes from Joseph Grenny, author and co-founder of Vital Smarts, The Human Edge’s US partner. “I am faithful to my calendar; if it says I am supposed to do something, I tend to do it,” he says;
● When the project requires many sessions, end the session at the point it will be easiest to continue in the next, so you can look forward to returning to it;
● Each time you meet a mini goal by completing a section of your task, take the time to enjoy the flood of endorphins;
● It is hugely gratifying to tick off one of your tasks on your to-do list written on an actual piece of paper; and
● Beware of overdoing things and risking burnout by having a never-ending, impossible-to-complete list of tasks. Everyone needs down time to recharge after a big project.–Margaret Harris