Procrastination Nation: Staying Productive in Quarantine
As we navigate life through the coronavirus pandemic, we’re all learning to adapt to a challenging situation. That is why it can be extremely difficult to carry on the normal daily tasks that were once part of our routines. If you thought procrastination was a problem before, it can be worse when you’re using your kitchen table as your desk! Here are some tips for blasting procrastination:
Set a Schedule
There’s value in sticking to a routine, even if you’re in a period of quarantine. We all know how good it feels to cross something off a to-do list. But for many people adjusting to working from home, they find themselves putting off necessary tasks with the attitude that they can just “do it later.” The problem is that these things often end up going unfinished. By sticking to a schedule, you can give yourself that extra push of motivation to get things done. For example, if you find yourself lying in bed for an extra hour every morning, set your alarm across the room that forces you get up and turn it off. If your coffee pot has an alarm, set it to start brewing at the same time every day. It’s a lot easier to get out of bed when the smell of a hot cup of java is luring you to the kitchen.
Limit Screen Time
You may think limiting screen time is just for kids, but it’s important for adults to step away from the screens as well. If you’ve ever been shocked or horrified by your iPhone Screen Time notification, then you understand! And when you consider all that time you spend cruising Twitter and Instagram, it really does take away from the time you could spend doing something productive. Check out apps like StayFocusd, which blocks websites in Google Chrome, and Freedom, which allows you to create block lists and schedule time away from the apps that may be most distracting.
Give Yourself a Break
While it’s obviously important to get your work done, we also need to keep things in perspective. We’re all dealing with a situation that’s entirely foreign to us. If it takes a bit longer to get things done, don’t beat yourself up about it. If you end up taking a nap in the middle of the day, or spend hours watching Netflix, don’t berate yourself. Constant self-criticism will only hamper your productivity, not improve it. After all, breaks can even be beneficial to your productivity. According to a recent study published in the International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, mindfulness training can reduce intention to procrastinate on a task one would normally avoid.
While avoiding procrastination is even more challenging during a pandemic, keep in mind that we won’t have to deal with many of these obstacles forever. We all hope the return to normalcy comes soon, and in the meantime our Cresa team is here to support you and your business.