Procrastination is the arch nemesis of productivity! Everybody knows how bad it is, yet we all do it (it’s okay I do it too sometimes. #Guilty). HOWEVER that doesn’t mean we should just accept it, and with these three tips I am going to tell you how to you can get more work done and kick procrastination in the behind!
1. The 2 minute rule.
I’m about to share with you a simple tool that if you haven’t already heard of, will change your life. For real. It’s called the 2 Minute Rule. Here it is
Part One: If it takes less than 2 minutes, do it now.
It’s crazy how much people procrastinate about things that would take 120 seconds or less. If it’s a super simple task like taking out the rubbish, washing the dishes, sending an e-mail, sharing a post etc… Just do it now! And then it’s done! BAM!
Part Two: It if takes more than 2 minutes, do it for 2 minutes and momentum will carry you.
Obviously a lot of things take longer than 2 minutes to finish. But if you start for 2 minutes, you’ll keep going and then momentum is on your side already. Need to write a blog? Write for 2 minutes, and you’ll end up writing for an hour. Need to work out? Do push ups for 2 minutes, and you’ll end up doing a full workout. Even if you need to tackle a big project, just GET STARTED for two minutes and you’re on your way! 80% of success is showing up!
2. Do ONE thing at a time.
Write down EVERYTHING that needs doing. If you have different projects or businesses you can categorise your tasks under each relevant heading. For example you might have BUSINESS, PERSONAL and UNIVERSITY. Whatever you have, write it ALL down. There will be quite a lot of things on here but that’s okay.
Now what you’re going to do is sort them into the order you’re going to do them with the MOST IMPORTANT ONES FIRST. Once you’ve got the order, do ONE thing at time and focus on that. Contrary to popular belief, multi tasking is not productive. It’s not multi-tasking, it’s task switching which makes you lose focus and increases distractions. Smash one thing out and finish it before you move on, or if it’s a big project at least do a large chunk of it then move on to issues that require your attention.
3. The 80/20 rule.
So now that you know what needs to be done, like I said it is time to do the IMPORTANT things. If you’ve ever heard of Tim Ferriss you’ll know he’s a genius, and if you’ve never heard of him, Google it! In his famous book The Four Hour Work Week he talks about the 80/20 rule. The concept is that 20% of the things on your to do list, make up for 80% of your results. Basically, for every 10 things on your to do list, 2 of them are weighted far heavier than the others.
Just because you do something well, doesn’t mean that it was important. For example if you have an important proposal to write, but cleaning your room was also on your to do list, they are not the equivalent. Make sure you are focusing on the 2 out of 10 tasks that will produce the majority of your results.
Okay I said there would be three, but I’m putting a cheeky little extra note in here (#yolo). We cram more work in if we have less time to do it. If you need to be somewhere you will try and finish your task before you have to leave, so we are going to create this productive mentality at ANY time. All you have to is time yourself when you are doing something. Set the clock for 30 or 60 minutes and try get your task done because time is running out y’all! (Even though it really isn’t, but hey you got a lot more done!). Hop to it!
So there you have it, now it’s time to go out and try it! I guarantee if you actually try these, your procrastination will go down and your productivity will go up. Enjoy!
– Mitch Hills
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