Even the most ambitious Northwest Arkansas small business owner can fall victim to random bouts of procrastination. It can take many forms, too.
You may find yourself putting off tasks that you don’t enjoy in favor of projects that you find more stimulating. It can also occur when you can’t focus on your work because you’re more focused on spending time with family and friends.
Or, you simply just can’t drum up the motivation to tackle your to-do list.
Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can apply to your “lazy” feeling days to keep you on task and working towards your goals.
Distractions can be devastating to your productivity. If you find that this is an issue for you, there are a few things you can do.
If your distractions are smaller, irrelevant tasks; consider delegating them to your employees. Email responses, appointment-setting calls, online activities can all be managed by another team member. If that’s not an option for you, consider setting an alarm for a set period of time for these tasks. Once the alarm goes off, move on with the rest of your task list.
There are certain tasks and projects that you have to manage yourself. If you find yourself struggling to start your to do list, start with a couple activities that take a short amount of time. This will allow you to start making progress on that list right away, and provide the motivation you need to keep going.
If you find yourself struggling with one specific project, try breaking it into smaller parts each day. This will keep you from feeling overwhelmed, and the consistent progress will help you motivate you.
Save the Best for Last
One mistake many professionals make is starting with the tasks they enjoy, and leaving the other tasks for the end of the day. Avoid this whenever possible. Think of the tasks you enjoy as your reward for completing the tasks that you may not particularly find appealing.
Most likely, you’ll find that each method is best suited for different circumstances. Add these suggestions to your tool belt to keep yourself focused, motivated, and on-task.