Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished. It is the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, or carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, thus putting off impending tasks to a later time.
We all do it, no matter how important a job is, we will always find something else to do. Therefore we thought we would supply some basic tips and techniques to better manage your time, when recruiting or generally operating business.
Utilize systems and techniques
- A simple to-do list can make your day a lot simpler – take some time at the beginning of the day or at the end of the day to produce a list that will help you know what you have to get done.
- Figure out your most productive time of the day (when do you seem to get the most done) and ensure that your highest priority is carried out during this period.
- Create a stop-doing list. Sometimes we may believe certain tasks we do are necessary, when really, they’re not. Take a minute to really think about it and jot down things during your day that could be scrapped.
- Turn off your email – we can so easily be distracted from constant notifications popping up on your screen whilst carrying out necessary and important tasks, therefore, when you know a task needs completing, remove the distraction. Perhaps during your most productive period (as mentioned above).
- Is your desk covered in paperwork? Why not try to colour code the most important pieces of paper with one colour to the least important with another colour or alternatively have separate files for your paperwork, e.g work to do, work to sign off etc.
- Although it’s an unsaid rule that you shouldn’t take care of personal matters in work time – we all do it. To better manage your time, try not to for example, taking calls and checking Facebook or emails.
- Spend more time planning – time spent in planning is time well-invested. An hour of “planning” and seven hours of “doing” will yield much better results than a day full of searching through paperwork, following up emails and being generally unorganised.