We’ve heard it before: “I just don’t have time!” It’s the excuse people use when they haven’t accomplished something they should have, or the excuse we use when we’re trying to justify our lack of productivity. Is there anything we can do to make more time? Not really. The only thing we can do is find ways to get the most out of our time, and I’m going to show you how! Let’s hack your procrastination by destroying all the habits that are weighing you down! Habits of the Procrastinator I’m no expert on time productivity. I have, however, had to meet deadlines and make sure that the quality of my work lives up to the standard of the rest of my colleagues. I’m also self-employed part time, so I’ve had to be my own boss and my own employee. When you’re self-employed, you very quickly gain the desire to figure out how to make the most of your time. You also quickly find out that you’re constantly at work. You’re always “on call” or “on email” or “on texting.” You get the idea. So basically I have no business procrastinating. Every minute is precious. So I had to figure out some ways to focus and get stuff done ! As a professional long-time procrastinator, I’ve observed some things I regularly do that keep me from the task at hand. Here are a few things I catch myself doing when I slip into procrastinating mode, and what can be done about them. 1. Procrastinators lie to themselves. This is probably one of the least detectable traits of the procrastinator, because it’s happening in the mind. It’s our way of justifying our misbehavior and slipping into what’s familiar and comfortable. Such lies include: “I can get that done tomorrow.” But you can’t really get it done any better tomorrow than you could today. “I don’t know all the steps yet, so I shouldn’t start until later.” Part of the journey is learning the steps by falling down and picking yourself up. “I deserve a good long break.” Everyone needs rest, but probably not as frequently as you think. You deserve exactly what you get as a result of your actions. Don’t lie to yourself. Watch your thoughts. Recognizing that you lie to yourself about your procrastination is the first step to achieving a more productive lifestyle. 2. Procrastinators don’t practice the power of focus. Have you noticed that during commercials the scene or angle of the camera changes every few seconds? Why is this? Do you know? I bet it has something to do with capturing our attention. If the scene doesn’t change every few seconds, we become bored. Media has trained us to want to be constantly entertained. If something is static, it’s boring to us! So when it comes to focusing on our work, if it’s not constantly changing, we become bored by it! Practice the power of focus by setting a timer. Try focusing on something for 10 minutes. If you complete this, try 20; then 30. You get the idea. I’ve also found that intentionally sitting down and reading a book can help with your ability to focus. Practice your focus , and you’ll be more productive in everything you do. 3. Procrastinators get discouraged by their own procrastination . . . and procrastinate some more. When work stacks up, it can be easy to procrastinate some more. The pressure of mounting work chains your hands from doing anything about it. If you’re discouraged by how much work you piled up, try putting all your work in a literal cardboard box (write tasks on sticky notes and throw them in the box if you have to) and reach in and pull out one task at a time. Work on only that task until you’ve completed it, and move on to the next. Why does this work? It’s because oftentimes procrastinators get consumed about what is “highest priority” and freeze when they try to determine what to do next. You know what I’m talking about, and I’m sure you can think of a time where you were frozen by the options of what you “should do next.” Many times, in reality, there is no such thing as a task that you “should do next.” You should simply just grab a task and do it! What’s Your Productivity Hack? We can learn from each other. What’s your productivity hack? Which of the above habits do you have to destroy, and how do you plan on overcoming these obstacles? I’m sure I can learn so much from all of you out there, and would love to hear about your struggles and successes. Meet me in the comments: what’s your productivity hack? Image by marekuliasz / Shutterstock Related Articles: Lessons from Ecclesiastes: Why Procrastination Doesn’t Pay 3 Ways To Better Focus At Work 5 Part Strategy for Improved Productivity Feeling Overwhelmed? 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Procrastinating? Hack Your Procrastination!