Can procrastination be guilt-free? Procrastination can reduce your productivity and waste your valuable time, that’s why not all ambitious people can justify the time shirking important tasks. However, we all procrastinate from time to time!
If you’re self-employed, procrastination is an even more serious threat. But if you can’t do anything to get rid of procrastination, maybe you can procrastinate effectively? Are there any productive procrastination habits that can help you? Of course, there are! Procrastination isn’t always a bad thing, and here is why.
Clean Up Your Workspace
This is one of our favorite ways to procrastinate. If you are like us, you can’t be productive in a disorganized space. You don’t have to clean the entire house, but cleaning out your handbag, your desk, or picking something off the floor can give you enough space to focus on tasks that are more important. Moreover, when your space is organized, you can quickly find everything you need. It’s a win-win situation.
Just think smaller. Huge cleaning projects can look scary, so start by finding cluttered spaces in your home, like a bathroom sink, kitchen counter, etc. and then set the amount of time you are ready to spend on cleaning it up. You need to be very specific about how much time you can spend because it will help you procrastinate effectively without getting sidetracked.
And, of course, it’s easy to get carried away. You can allow yourself an hour to make your house sparkle, but don’t change curtains, clean out cupboards, and so on. Just concentrate on having a nicely organized workspace.
Meditate Or Write Something Down
When you are procrastinating, it is nearly impossible to force yourself to start a task. Instead, take a break and turn inward. Meditation doesn’t have to take longer than 10 minutes; it is more than enough to reduce stress, lower your blood pressure and increase productivity. Even two minutes are very helpful – choose an amount of time you feel comfortable with. Take this time to observe your thoughts and acknowledge what you have achieved without judgment.
If meditation isn’t for you, try writing down your thoughts – these can be your ideas, dreams, what you would like to achieve, and what you are grateful for. Write everything down that helps you concentrate on your thoughts and eliminate mental clutter. You will feel more relaxed and ready for work.
When we don’t care about ourselves, we get cranky. And that’s why you can’t focus on the task; your body is demanding that you take a break and focus on yourself. Try to get up, stretch a bit, drink a glass of water, and get a light snack. A bit of self-care and you will feel much better. If you feel too tired, take a walk outside, jog around, or check out a yoga class.
Personal care is pretty general, and what we mean here is that you should be well rested, well fed, and clean. You don’t have to prepare a five-course meal to feel better.
If you can’t get things done, maybe you can use this time to do something creative. Start small and simple; this can be anything from arranging flowers in the garden to writing something down. All these simple things help lower stress levels and promote relaxation. Do what you like more – arts, dance, cooking, crafting or drawing – and don’t be judgmental.
When you feel like you don’t want to do anything, try out one of these methods. We are sure they will help you boost your energy and inspiration. Share your experiences in the comments.