8 Tips For Finding Inspiration When You’re Procrastinating
Procrastination is common when people have a busy schedule. Important tasks can feel overwhelming so you may put them off. However, this only leads to more stress down the line. So, how do you stop repeating this cycle? Try these tips to find inspiration during these moments.
1. Break Assignments Into Smaller Chunks
We procrastinate because the task can feel daunting when you look at the bigger picture. Instead, break your assignment into smaller, more manageable chunks. It won’t feel like you’re doing too much at once. You can also complete these min tasks quicker, motivating you to keep going.
For example, if you’re working on a design project for work, then break this into smaller parts. Determine what supplies you need, draw up the blueprints and talk with the client. Having these specific steps allows you to focus on one task at a time, working more efficiently.
2. Create Lists
Lists are a great way to stay organized and keep track of your work. Plus, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when you check something off. Completing your goals makes you feel more productive, giving you more motivation. Another good thing about a list is that you’re more likely to remember to complete the project.
To help you create your to-do list, consider your current responsibilities. Then start by adding high-priority items first. Setting SMART goals, which are specific, measurable, realistic and time-sensitive, can also help. You want to have achievable tasks that are within a deadline.
3. Mix Up Your Environment
Depending on the setting, it can impact your productivity. For example, your room may inspire a feeling of sleep, so it might not be the ideal work environment. You can try to work in a home office space or the dining room. Also, consider external factors, such as the noise level. If you need complete quiet to concentrate, public places may not be the best option.
To have a good work environment eliminate directions, such as cell phone notifications. Turn your phone on “Do Not Disturb” and place it inside a drawer. In addition, disable notifications on other devices, like your laptop. Let friends and family know you’re working hours so they can give you space to be productive.
4. Build in a Detailed Timeline
Having just one deadline can make it easier to wait until the last minute. So, create a specific timeline and have due dates for smaller tasks. This allows you to stay on track and holds yourself accountable at each step.
Suppose you’re feeling overwhelmed. Schedule specific time blocks to do work. You can also set timers to give yourself a set period of deep work. Then you can take a short break and resume for the same amount of time. You can break your goals down monthly, weekly or daily. Write these dates on your calendar or use a phone app. It will help you stay more organized.
5. Resist the Urge to Constantly Check Emails
Try not to check emails first thing in the morning. It can make you feel less productive. You could get overwhelmed with future tasks or updates about the company. Then you won’t be able to focus on your current assignment. Instead, start by working on a big project, then check your email. You could look at your email during your lunch break.
Also, don’t check your social media or texts in the morning. Looking at your Facebook can lead to minutes of scrolling through posts. Also, if you read a text that throws off your mood, it affects your productivity for that day.
6. Figure Out Where You Spend the Most Time
Understanding what you spend the most time on can help you eliminate time-wasters. Suppose you spend hours checking your emails throughout the day. Then you can try to set specific times to review emails and communicate them to your co-workers. You can also use time-management apps to help track yourself and be accountable.
Here are a few different ones to try:
Once you determine your weak areas, you change them and become more efficient.
7. Remember to Think About Long-Term Success
Often we want instant gratification. We do tasks that give us immediate benefits, such as a like on your social media posts. Although, the long-term goals are the ones that provide more meaningful impacts. So, even if a project seems complex, it may be the thing that provides you with long-term happiness.
Even though the steps to get there may be hard, you’ll feel accomplished once the task is complete. So, tackle those more significant projects on your list first.
8. Find Internal Motivation
Often motivation comes from why you’re doing a specific task. You need to find the desire to complete a goal within yourself. This factor will drive you to work harder because you’re personally invested. Inspiration from outside forces, like friends, can jumpstart but not sustain your motivation.
Once the external rewards are taken away, you don’t have any desire to work. To find your internal drive try to link the project to a higher purpose, such as helping the community.
How to Stop Procrastinating
Sometimes projects can start to pile up on our to-do list. Even though the assignments may feel daunting at first, procrastination will only make it worse. So, follow these tips to jumpstart your motivation.
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