3 Great Ways to Beat Procrastination at Work
by Peter Murphy
The issue of overcoming procrastination at work could be
more important today than ever before.
As more tasks become automated due to advances in
technology there is a general expectation, whether it is
realistic or not, that productivity should increase as well.
Everyone seems to have more work than can possibly be done
in a day and this pressure can result in feelings of being
overwhelmed which in turn leads to procrastination at work
which can actually decrease productivity if not properly
Although there are hundreds of reasons why we procrastinate
and put off difficult tasks, one of the most common reasons
people procrastinate is because they are simply overwhelmed
by a task which seems too large in scope to complete. And
so the natural response is simply to put off ever getting
There are four ways to effectively overcome procrastination
in this situation...
1. Break your tasks down into multiple and smaller more
manageable units and then focus on each unit moving from
one to the next as each task is completed.
As you complete each unit of work the success will motivate
you to move on to the next one.
With this being said, be careful to not lose sight of the
final objective. This leads to the next tip for beating
procrastination at work.
2. Do each unit or task one at a time.
A woman I know recently lost her husband. She had never
worked day in her life and due to the circumstances of her
husband's death she was unable to collect his life
Being in this difficult financial situation forced her to
have to find a job and to make an already difficult
situation worse she had no work experience or education.
She eventually found a job at a local nursery. She was told
the job would be pulling weeds. Although the wages were not
that great, the job certainly sounded easy enough.
You can imagine the feelings of being overwhelmed as she
stood before a great field as far as she could and was told
she was to pull all of the weeds throughout the field.
She was completely overwhelmed by what appeared to be an
impossible task. While many would have said "There is no
way I am doing this" and quit, she was determined to
succeed and told herself that she would simply begin by
doing one at a time.
This is excellent advice for beating procrastination at
work. You can manage huge work loads if you focus on one at
3. Set aside quiet time to work on the particular project
so that you will not be interrupted. Frequent interruptions
can easily cause us to lose focus which then takes time to
For larger more complex projects it is also important to
schedule this quiet time during a period of the day when
you are fresh and thinking clearly.
For many, first thing in the morning is the best time for
complex projects that require analytical thinking or
problem-solving, while the afternoon is a better time to
work on more mundane projects.
By incorporating these three techniques into your work day
you will be able to put a stop to procrastination at work
caused by large overwhelming projects.
Peter Murphy is a peak performance expert. He recently
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