In this guide, you have learned that procrastination makes you work both slower and harder than you need to, to create high-quality work. Whereas many people think that procrastination can help them to avoid parts of their job or their occupation they aren’t really fond of, it actually forces them to have to work harder and faster in order to make up for the time they lost by procrastinating. Working harder with fewer to no breaks and working faster to complete a project because you’re on a very strict time limit will likely lead to more mistakes and lower-quality work, which can damage your reputation, credibility, and profitability.
You’ve also learned that doubting your own abilities can lead to slower work. Many people want to take their time when working on projects that have a time frame of days, weeks, or even months to complete. While one should never rush to finish a project when it’s necessary to take your time to do high-quality work on it, many people use the longer time frame as an excuse to work at a slower pace than they actually need to in order to complete the work at a high level. They don’t want to appear as if they are doing sloppy work or don’t really care about the work they are doing by finishing before the allotted deadline. However, in today’s content-driven, fast-paced world, people are looking for quality work to be done as quickly as possible; it is no longer enough to take forever on a project to do quality work- one must be able to do high-quality work as quickly as possible to succeed.
You’ve learned that taking regular breaks and taking care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially are key to doing your best work. It is recommended by many experts to take 15-minute breaks every hour, meaning you should work 45 minutes per hour and rest 15 minutes per hour. Some people believe that you need to work nonstop on a project to do their best work, even if that means they neglect other areas of their life, such as their diet, their sleep, their exercise, their family/social life, and more. Neglecting other areas of your life to help you complete a project faster is not healthy for you, as it can cause your health to suffer. In addition, your mind will begin to wander during a project because of a lack of sleep, a lack of eating, and/or a lack of breaks away from the project. You could even start to resent the work you are doing because you are always working and doing nothing else, including being with loved ones and doing leisurely activities you enjoy doing.
You’ve learned that you can make a “game” out of getting things done promptly to help improve your work efficiency. You can track your start times, the time periods you take breaks, the times you resume a project, and the times you finish both tasks of a project and the project itself. You can track these times yourself via the clocks on your computer and/or mobile devices and recording them in a .txt or .xls/.xlsm file, or you can use an online timer to help you record the exact times you work and break from a project.
You’ve learned to estimate how quickly you think you will complete a task and an overall project before you begin, then see how close you come when you finish. If you beat your estimation, you can reward yourself by spending more time with loved ones, doing a leisurely activity, purchasing an item you’ve wanted, etc. If you missed your estimation, determine at what point or points in the project you were delayed and learn what caused the delay(s) so that you can take steps to improve your work efficiency in the future.
You’ve learned how to overcome distractions, both those you can and cannot control. Distractions such as social media accounts, email accounts, and mobile devices can be controlled via not logging onto such accounts or by muting the notifications you get each time you get a friend request, chat request, or email notification. You can mute the ringer on your mobile phone, as well as the, notification of new text messages that come through.
Other distractions, such as those made by your spouse, your children, your pets, and/or your neighbours cannot be as easily controlled. You can talk with your spouse and children in an effort to help them realize why you need a quiet environment to do your best work; additionally, you can use ear buds or even cotton balls to block out some to most of the noise that they make if needed.
As for your pets, you can attempt to keep them out of your work space, then choose to spend some time with them during your breaks. You can help to drown out noise from neighbors doing yard work or when your landline phone rings by using earbuds or cotton balls.
You’ve learned why staying on time or ahead of your project is essential to doing your best work. This will enable you to take those 15-minute breaks you’ve learned are essential to keeping your mind focused on your work and reducing the chances of making critical errors in your work. This will also enable you to not neglect other areas of your life as you work on tasks and projects so you can stay healthy physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.
You’ve also learned why focusing on the rewards and benefits you’ll receive after completing a project is key to helping you stay on or ahead of schedule and doing your best work. By focusing on the rewards, both monetary and non-monetary, you will receive after you complete a successful project and the feelings of joy and relief you will gain after you have completed a successful project will drive you to stay focused on your work and finishing your work as efficiently as possible. Doing this will improve your reputation and credibility with your boss, your peers, your customers, and/or your target market, no matter what industry you work in.
After reading this book, you should have a very clear idea of how to prevent procrastination from slowing down and negatively impacting your work. You should also know how to overcome various distractions that can lead to excuses of why you don’t complete more work in a set period of time. By following the information in this book, you should become more productive than you’ve ever been before and really get noticed as a person who produces high-quality work efficiently and, effectively.