How to go from procrastination to productive

July 29, 2017

Everyone is capable of procrastination and most people do it, but how can you go from procrastination to productive.

     Don’t overwhelm yourself. It’s easy to become overwhelmed which can bring anxiety and fear, both of which cause procrastination. Avoid procrastination by splitting up your work into smaller tasks. This makes it more manageable and you get a clearer picture of what you need to do. Crossing off the smaller tasks gives you a sense of accomplishment you wouldn’t have received if you tried to do the task all at once.

     Prioritize. Everyone has tasks they don’t like doing so most people put off these tasks. Instead, you should put that task on top of your to-do list. You’ll be able to cross it off the list quickly and no longer have to worry about it.

     Forget perfection. Procrastination can come from fear and insecurity. Being unsure how to do a certain task makes us fear failure and a negative reaction from your boss or teacher. If you are worried about failure, allocate a set amount of time each day to complete or revise your work. You can still perfect a task without losing focus or obsessing over it.

     Get rid of all distractions. A survey from Stop Procrastinating found that 68 percent of Americans have been distracted from work by checking their emails, browsing the web, or engaging in social media: a 9 percent increase from last year. Avoid getting distracted and put all your focus into your tasks. Get into the “zone” by using headphones, if you are in a loud environment, and log out of social media accounts when you are working.

     Manage your time wisely. Productivity requires organization, which starts with your schedule. It’s easy to procrastinate when you are juggling many things, but to be proactive, you must learn to juggle. Allocating time to each task makes you more efficient.

     The early bird gets the worm. The most productive part of the day, according to the Wall Street Journal, is dawn. The morning brings minimal distractions, no emails or phone calls and barely anyone is on social media.

In order to go from procrastination to productive you have to be disciplined to get rid of distractions, motivated to reach your goal, and focused to execute the plan that works for you.


Reed Kurtenbach