Procrastination can cause many problems in the workplace. It can create tension between coworkers, bosses and even customers when things aren’t running smoothly, the way they are supposed to go. By decreasing procrastination, you can make your office produce more efficiently. Here are five easy steps to cutting down on procrastination.
1. Make a to-do list: By planning out what you need to accomplish daily, weekly and monthly, you provide yourself with a road map to keep you going smoothly in the right direction. Having a to-do list will help you keep yourself accountable for the things that need to be completed. This can also help reduce time wasted on trying to figure out what to do next. Being able to see everything you need to get done can also help motivate you to get started quickly if you see that you have a lot to do.
2. Set up a time-tracking system: A time-tracking system is a great way to reduce procrastination in your employees. The company should come up with a number of productive hours daily that is acceptable. Everyone should track their time spent on any project or anything productive that they do. Most systems will let you see where everyone is spending their time and who is slacking. You can also evaluate how productive you are being and when you need to step it up or when you can slow it down. A time-tracking system will make everyone feel accountable for how they are spending their time.
3. Set Goals: Whether it is office goals for everyone to work toward, personal goals, or both, goals are a great way to motivate yourself or your employees in the right direction. Having a goal to work toward is much better than feeling like there is no end to the tasks you’re working on. Goals not only provide a finish line for each project, but, they can also make you feel accomplished once you’ve reached them and that, in turn, can motivate you even more!
4. Collaborate: Maybe you’re procrastinating because you aren’t sure how to handle a certain task or project at hand. If this is the case, go to your coworkers and talk to them about the problem that you’re having trouble with. By talking to others about what is going on, you will get another person’s perspective on the project and it can bring up some fresh, new ideas. With more ideas on how to handle the project, you’ll be ready to take it head on! Don’t let an intimidating project get you behind on your work.
5. Rewards: Reward yourself or your employees when you accomplish something. Whether it’s a small or large project, give yourself something for all of your hard work. If you’re a boss, reward your team when they collectively work towards and accomplish an office goal. It will keep your team motivated to keep working hard. If you have accomplished a personal goal, reward yourself in order to keep yourself motivated.
By following these five easy steps, you’ll see productivity go up and procrastination go down. It will help you and your employees use your time more efficiently and create value for your company.