Break the procrastination cycle

  • March 29, 2016
  • /   Shannon Nickinson
  • /   training-development


Why put off today what you can put off tomorrow?

Tempting as it may be, procrastination is the enemy of productivity. We all know it; but even the best of us falling into the trap.

Peter Economy wrote for nine tips to break the cycle of procrastination. Among the advice:

Sanction a time for emails

Emails are arguably one of the biggest productivity killers of our era. Beat the system by having a 30 to 90-minute window of time during your day--preferably after you have accomplished something--for responding to emails instead of interrupting your work to answer the seemingly important email that just popped into your inbox.

Have set break times

When planning out your workday, plan out some reasonable work and break times so that you know how long you'll have to work for and when your next break is going to be. This way you allow for some much needed me time and avoid the burn out that a big project can cause.

Do not multitask

Multitasking is perhaps the greatest threat to our productivity. While the fade of getting multiple things completed at once is very alluring, more often than not, you could be faced with multiple mistakes or tasks in varying stages of completion, but nothing complete.

Get the rest of the tips here.

And use Studer Community Institute's ongoing training series to help battle other issues that impact your work life.

April 6 is a two-hour session on performance management with Quint Studer from 8 to 10 a.m. at WSRE on the campus of Pensacola State College.

On May 6, hear from Lynne Cunningham on how to have the difficult conversations that arise in the workplace. Click here to get details and register for both.

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