Shemeka Brathwaite, MSED is a peak performance strategist, keynote speaker, and coach. She is often invited by organizations, associations, and educational institutions to provide inspiring programs on productivity, leadership, and executive presence. Her immersive training programs help professionals learn how to implement new systems that streamline the demands on one’s time, so they can achieve more at work, increase their influence, and live intentionally.
About a fifth of the world’s population would consider themselves procrastinators. If you identify yourself as one of those people, then sit back and relax as we give you some tips and tricks on how to increase your productivity on a day to day basis.
Figuring Out What’s Holding You Back
The main reason most people end up procrastinating is because they feel as if their best will only lead to failure. They feel as if no matter how much they try, their best won’t be good enough to meet the requirements of what is expected. This mindset is what causes these people to fail before the challenge even begins.
Alter Your State of Mind
Realizing your wants vs your needs, having accountability for your actions, and keeping a positive attitude towards the work ahead are great first steps to eliminating procrastination.
Break the Cycle by Modifying Your Habits And Tendencies
Instead of being in this constant cycle telling yourself “It can wait, I have time”, break it by admitting that you're lying. Once you do that, you’ll realize that changing some things you do in your day to day might be beneficial to overcoming this obstacle.
A Couple Of Examples Include:
Changing how you react:
Instead of immediately being put into a bad mood every time you hear the word “Essay”, come into the assignment with a positive attitude. Having a positive approach will allow you to give the assignment a chance and can sometimes encourage you to put out your best work.
Getting Rid of Distractions:
Having distractions around you could be the key reason why your mind jumps to procrastination in the first place. Eliminating any and all distractions can greatly decrease your chances of getting off task and can greatly increase your productivity.
Don’t press yourself for time:
In normal worksites where you’re allowed you pace yourself, take advantage of it. Being able to work at your own pace greatly decreases the amount of stress deadlines can put on you and your work. Learning how to manage the amount of time each assignment should take can also greatly decrease this stress as well and lead to better work performance as a whole.
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