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5 Productivity Hacks for Chronic Procrastinators

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Being a chronic procrastinator is an issue that many individuals face. The most difficult part of it is finding the motivation to get your tasks started in advance.

Check out these five productivity hacks to keep in mind next time you’re feeling like putting off whatever it is you should be doing now:

1. Complete the most difficult task first

Part of procrastination is psychologically based. For this reason, it is important to fix that mindset that dictates you a given task is terrible and it should be avoided. By tackling the most painful task first, you will make your mind know that the rest of the process will only be easier. And so, by starting out with the biggest challenge you will be able to complete the rest of your tasks more dynamically and definitely not at the last minute.

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” – William James

2. Set an alarm for noon

Nothing brings you down so much as the realization that you haven’t completed one task by noon, isn’t that right? This is precisely why it is imperative that you set an alarm for the middle of the day to force you to get to work and get your jobs done. Another trick is to set the alarm several hours early to trick yourself to being on schedule. Any of these methods can be quite effective in getting your tasks started – and, as Edmund Spenser famously said, “each goodly thing is hardest to begin.”

 

3. Organize your tasks on a schedule

One of the primary causes of procrastination is lack of organization. If you truly lay out what you need to get accomplished within your week and set realistic deadlines, you will not only be able to get your tasks done, but also stop dreading the tasks in front of you. Make sure to tick or cross out a position once completed – this little gimmick will set your brain on a ‘reward’ mode and give you a boost of fresh motivation to continue.

 

4. Set a timer for ten minutes

One great way to break the cycle of procrastination is to set a timer for ten minutes. It will allow you to focus on one task and complete it without the unwanted breaks or delays. The best way to use this tool to your advantage is to make a list of tasks and determine how much time they will likely take to complete. Then, divide the smallest tasks into ten minute periods each. After getting through the list, you will feel empowered and ready to complete even more tasks ahead of schedule.

“Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” – Philip Stanhope

5. Divide a larger task into a set of smaller tasks

Tasks that seem too large in size take more time to complete, inspiring procrastination and convincing your brain you’re never going to get it over with. By dividing a larger task into a set of smaller tasks, you will be able to move from one success to another and meet even the tightest of deadlines. Take the nearest task at hand and break it into parts, then approach each one with the thought that it will soon be over – your idle side will definitely appreciate that.

Procrastinating is something that is more related to your mindset than the actual tasks in front of you. If you commit yourself to sit down and organize your affairs at least once every month, you will be able to achieve a great deal of progress on your assignments by completing them on time.

How do you beat procrastination? Please leave your thoughts below!

Sophia Mest is a Content Manager at BizDb, where she aspires to put her writing passion into practice and spread her words across the world. She spends her free time travelling and exploring the wonders of nature. Follow her on Twitter @MestSophia.

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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator

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Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

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