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How to Stop Procrastinating

Do you find yourself procrastinating until the last minute? If so, you’re not alone. Studies have shown that “88% of the workforce admitting that they procrastinate at least one hour a day”. We’ve all been there, and whether you procrastinate about things in your professional or personal life, the below practical techniques will help you get out of that mindset and start accomplishing your tasks and goals.

 

5 Second Rule

Taking immediate action is one of the best ways to deal with procrastination. Don’t give yourself 5 minutes before starting a task because you’ll likely keep procrastinating long after those 5 minutes are over. Mel Robbins is the pioneer of the 5-second rule and says when you catch yourself procrastinating, count backwards from five, then immediately work for 5 minutes. After those 5 minutes are over, you can do whatever you want. Hopefully, by that 5-minute point, the hardest part (getting started) will be over and you’ll be able to finish the task at hand.

 

Have a Procrastination Song

Pick an upbeat and motivating go-to song to help inspire you. When you find yourself procrastinating listen to the high-energy song and get to work!

 

Give Yourself an Incentive

The human brain responds to reward stimulus so give yourself an incentive for completing a task. For instance, if you complete x task you can have y reward and incentivize accordingly depending on the task. I.e., the bigger the task the bigger the reward.

 

Think How Good It Will Feel to Be Done

Remind yourself how good you will feel once the task you are putting off is complete. Having it hang over you and finding immediate distractions can feel good in the short term, but the longer you push something off, the more it will weigh on you. Imagine how you’ll feel once it’s done and free yourself from the anxiety and pressure of procrastinating.

How to Stop Procrastinating

The Future of Remote Work

For over a year now, many (non-essential) workers have been able to work from home, either full-time or part-time. Overall, these workers enjoy the benefits of working remotely and have proved to maintain their productivity when working from home. While at the start of the pandemic remote work may have looked like a temporary solution, after over a year many workers remain happy with their work-from-home status, and it looks like the trend is here to stay. Remote workers have enjoyed their more flexible schedules, not having their daily commute, and the cost savings of not physically going to the office (use less gas, fewer dry-cleaning bills, etc.). In a Harvard Business School study, 81% of those polled said they either “don’t want to go back to the office or would prefer a hybrid schedule going forward”. Since employees aren’t anxious to give up their work from home perks, what does that mean for the future of work?

 

Virtualized Society

In many ways over this past year, we’ve become a more virtualized society. Team members can work remotely, and with the help of video conferencing solutions like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, still feel engaged with their co-workers. While it took some adjusting at first, many find these virtual meetings fit seamlessly into their schedules now. In the coming years, we’ll likely see a rise in virtual events as well. For those looking for jobs, this will mean online job fairs, and there will be many more offerings for virtual trainings and conferences.

 

New Office Spaces

With many business employees continuing to work remotely in the future, office spaces will likely change. For companies that allow their employees a hybrid work model, they’ll likely downsize their office space, savings on their real estate costs, and change their environments to be more collaborative for when employees do come into the office. In an article on Architectural Digest, they say companies will be asking themselves, “How do we create spaces that foster personal investment in the brand, improve collaboration, and respect privacy?”

 

Wider Reach

For companies hiring remotely, it will open up a wider talent pool. Previously companies usually only focused on hiring those within a driving distance from the office, but with remote work, employees just need a reliable internet connection making it a lot easier for companies to find qualified and talented employees for their team.

 

The pandemic forced many companies previously unwilling to have employees work remotely to shift to that model and in turn, have embraced the trend finding their employees remained productive and successful. For employees, while there were adjustments at first, they quickly welcomed the many benefits of working remotely. Moving forward, both companies and employees alike are ready to thrive in this new work environment.

The Future of Remote Work