Five Ways to Stop Procrastinating at the Office

And by procrastinating we also mean distracting yourself with Olympics coverage which can suck you right away from deadlines and other work deliverables.

According to a post on U.S. News & World Report, Rebecca Thorman wrote, get clarification. “Get clear on what you’re supposed to do. Figure out the desired end result and whether there are preferred formats or processes you should use to get there.”

Secondly, along with clarity comes writing. Could you write out each step in tremendous detail and then tackle the least favorite one first? In other words, she pointed out in the piece, “Do the worst first.” (So yes, this graph actually combines reasons two and three in a pretty red bow.)

It’ll give you a sense of accomplishment plus, when you’re bound to procrastinate later on you won’t feel so darn guilty. Of course, the element of time may be factored into play as well. If the most difficult task ends up taking more time than anticipated, at least you’ll have additional time afterward in case it spills into later hours. The contrary is a bit bleak; tackling the tough tasks later on means you could be tired, unclear, and also running out of time.

For another tactic, you can tackle the easiest one first. Reach for the low hanging fruit if the most difficult one creates agita; you’ll gain momentum as you begin crossing things off your list.

Lastly, and we really like this one, work less! Take a break, walk outside, get a breath of fresh air.

Thorman wrote, “Working too much is counter-productive and breeds resentment. Take a break and enjoy a view of the world that’s not blocked by your computer screen. Even a 15-minute walk down your stairwell and back can give you enough energy to get motivated.”