Procrastination during work is something all of us experience, especially now that most of us are working remotely. Especially when that comfy bed is calling your name…. When this happens, we end up losing our rhythm and unable to continue making progress with our task for the day.

While it is ok to take a break here and there, procrastinating during work can be dangerous, especially if it happens during an important task or work event.

If you want to prevent procrastination from affecting your work flow, here are some tips to help you out:

Adjust your workload

One of the reasons why people tend to procrastinate is because the workload they have is too much for them to handle. Instead of doing the important tasks immediately, they end up doing the less-important tasks first.

To prevent this from happening, break down the workload you have into manageable levels and do it slowly.

As you do each task, you will be able to see some improvement in your progress and complete the work without you realising it.

Read More: When Work Gets You Down

Do a to-do-list and arrange them according to importance

Some people tend to procrastinate because they can’t arrange the tasks they have based on their importance or stick to the deadlines given for them.

Doing a to-do list and sorting them based on their deadline and importance will be effective in helping you cut down your workload and accomplish them without problems.

Do not multitask

Multitasking is seen as one of the major reasons why there are people who procrastinate during work. Not only does it slow down your productivity, it also affects your focus and creativity.

To manage your tasks, focus on one task at a time and focus on it until you finish it. You should also get rid of all the distractions around your workspace so you can focus on the tasks you have before you.

Read More: Time: The One Resource You Can’t Afford To Spend Lightly

Get your workmates to stop you procrastinating

There are people who tend to procrastinate while working because they are working on their own and this is seen most of the time in remote workers. No one is there to watch their work and they only have to meet a deadline to submit their tasks.

However, if you get someone to check up on you every once in a while, even through online messages, it can help redirect your focus back to your work.

Be accountable

Sometimes, we don’t feel accountable for the work or task we do, especially if we work alone. However, if you do make yourself accountable for the work you are doing, you will be able to focus and exert the right amount of effort needed to make the task easier to do.

Get someone to check up on your work and congratulate each other if you are able to do the tasks assigned to you perfectly and on time.

Conclusion

It can be tricky to stop procrastination all together because you sometimes don’t realise it is happening. However, if you build a good work habit using the tips we provided, we are sure that you can find the right focus and drive to do your work better and finish them in no time at all.

For better productivity in your work, check out these tips:
8 Steps to Digital Productivity 
6 Apps that increase Your Productivity
Being Productive @ Work: What Are The 5 Time Wasting Things You Do At Your Desk

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44 replies on “Get Rid of Procrastination At Work Today

  1. Where were you at the start of my working life? It took me ten years to start to appreciate the items on your list. Then, once I did, I never looked back. I generally break my work down over a fortnight (and in hand with this review my to do list for each day and adjust accordingly) which does ease the desire to multitask! I also know with much of my work what is in the pipeline for the next three months or sometimes, even longer.

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  2. Another terrific one Kally!

    From…………………………………………a distance ………………………………..I loved this one.

    I’m type A personality. And as such my name and procrastination in the same sentence would be blasphemy….. I have “always” been a very disciplined person. And what I lack in intelligence; I compensated for in effort and organization. (“When God closes a door; He opens a window”.)

    That said, I can see though where this trait might permit more reflection on the TASK at hand.

    Thanks for another terrific POST,

    God Be with you,
    Patrick

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    1. Thank you for a comment that makes me smile. I’m a type A personality too (that’s why we clicked so good!). And I am easily excited at new challenges. So instead of saying no, sometimes I took on too much on my plate!

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  3. Positivity & hope are very important these days. Anxiety & frustrations are high, whether working from home or office setting. The good part of working at home though, we only deal with ourselves and with technical stuff but in the office , we have to deal with some co-workers daily that makes life miserable. True story…

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  4. Nah, Kally, I’m at home now, and I’ll start on this tomorrow. Maybe Thursday. Next week at the latest.

    Possibly.

    Seriously, though, great advice! I know from experience it’s so much better heading home with a daunting task behind you, than it is to fill your heart with dread because you kicked the can down the road.

    Your superb advice includes many of the steps I myself take. Almost all of them, in fact. Especially the To-Do List. I’m all about that one!

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