If you’re like most people on a Monday, the temptation to procrastinate is consistently present. Coming off of a weekend of relaxation, the last thing most of us want to do is face the work week (even when we love our jobs). The thought of having to get back to certain tasks and conduct business is usual is a swift kick in the pants, but don’t let that keep you from doing what needs to be done. While procrastinating and not doing anything may seem swell in the moment, I don’t have to tell you that it’s in fact one of the worst things you can do on a Monday.
Besides, why would you want to get behind on your tasks as early as Monday? That makes for a work week of stress, working frantically, and increasing the odds of churning out poor work. And believe me: poor work weeks make for poor weekends.
The minds over at Contactzilla have a great suggestion for avoiding procrastination when you want to procrastinate in the moment. Instead of giving into temptation, the moment you recognize that you are about to procrastinate, pause for a moment and think about what you are about to do and the serious ramifications your procrastination could have on the work day.
Feel like watching that cat video on YouTube? Before giving into temptation, consider what could potentially happen if you watch one video. Will you watch more videos that pop up after you are finished? Will something else come to your mind that you want to look up? Most importantly, how long will it take until you are back on track?
That’s what is so terrible about procrastination: once you go down that proverbial rabbit hole, it becomes easier and easier to procrastinate and not work. Your mind tells you that you’ve already wasted a few minutes, why not waste a few more.
It’s 10:30am? I can get back to work at 11am, no problem.
From there, it’s difficult to regain your focus, and if you’re not careful, you’ve wasted so much time that you have to push back tasks to tomorrow that should have been finished today. That kills productivity, so before procrastinating (and in addition to pausing for a moment), ask yourself the following question:
“Is the task at hand really that bad?”
If your answer is, “yes,” ask yourself how you can fix it. What makes the task so bad that you would rather procrastinate? Can you give the task to one of your outsourced/in-house workers at your indie studio that would do a better job? Can you hire a remote worker to complete the task? What can you do to turn this situation around in your favor?
Find the answer and get the task done – whatever it takes. If you need to force yourself to focus, use the StayFocusd extension to block every website from loading so you can focus on getting work done: it works for me, and it’ll definitely help you to battle through your procrastination.