Do you sometimes find it difficult to move from procrastination to productivity? Do you have tasks you need to do that you keep getting put off? Yeah, me too.
Getting back to work after having a short break over Christmas can be a challenge. I don’t know about you, but the longer the break, the more I seem to procrastinate when I get back to work. There are some things I tackle head on and just get done = winning! Then there are those niggly little things that never seem to move from procrastination to productivity… you know the ones!
This year, I only managed to have a few days off between Christmas and New Year. My days of paid annual leave are a distant memory. One of the few downsides of being self-employed is having few holidays and no income while you’re not working. Still, I wouldn’t trade it!
Mixing things up a little
My daughter is attending tutoring during the holidays. The sessions take an hour each. The tutor’s house is 10-15 minutes from our place, so it’s not really worth driving home and back again. Instead of going to the shops each day and spending money on things I don’t really need, I’ve decided to bring along my laptop and get some work done.
While it’s a little cramped trying to type behind the steering wheel in my parked car, I’ve found it to be very productive. I bring along one of the tasks that is incomplete from the day before, give myself a timeframe to do it in, and just get it done. I’ve found this time to be very productive for me. I managed to have this post ready well in advance of publication time this week. No pressure, for a change!
There’s something about working in a different space that can often stimulate creativity. Knowing that I only have about 55 minutes to get the work done seems to add a sense of urgency,. Once my daughter comes out, we are off to the next thing on the agenda. It’s almost like setting a timer which counts down the time you have to do a task – to beat the clock. I’ve achieved so much using this handy technique.
At home, I have a comfortable office with a lovely vintage timber desk, bookshelves, filing cabinet, the full set up for my computer and printer, plus a window which overlooks our pool area. It’s generally a great place to work, but it can also be a great place to ponder and procrastinate. Sometimes a change of scene is all you need to get certain tasks ticked off your to-do list.
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Do you enjoy having a change in your working environment?
Or do you find it more beneficial to work in the same place all the time?
What are your tips to move from procrastination to productivity?
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