Dana’s Corner: Beating Procrastination in the Office

Our Director of Operations in our office is none other than Dana Case. Among the employees, Dana is known for always “keeping it real.” She keeps the peace, keeps the organization, and always tells it like it is. We’ve been wanting to do a post on avoiding procrastination for a little bit here, so when we got around to it, we thought there would be no one better for the job. Today’s post will be coming from the mouth of Miss Dana, realist and advice-giver extraordinaire.

 The beginning of anything is the perfect time to evaluate your priorities. It doesn’t have to be the beginning of a new year. It could be the start of a new job, a new season, or even inspired by a birthday. What better time to decide to do a better job at whatever it is you’re doing than a birthday? But since we just hopped on into a new year, we’ll use that as the latest excuse to better ourselves.

 The name of the game this time around is beating procrastination. I know, you’re still on that holiday high, day dreaming of your trip to Tahoe instead of answering the morning’s emails. It can be tough to snap back into the work grind after any distracting holiday season. BUT, it must be done. This year, snap back with a vengeance.

 Here’s how:  

Stop thinking, and be proactive.  A lot of planning and thinking can get you easily distracted. Very rarely should the planning of a project take longer than the actual execution of the project. It’s best to be proactive and organized as you go, rather than setting aside a ton of “planning time.” In the end, it’ll help you get the job done better and faster.

 Start your day with the toughest task. If you start your day tackling the toughest (or most annoying) task you have to do for the day, you’ll feel relaxed and good about yourself for the rest of the day. From then on, the day tends to feel a lot lighter and calmer. End with something easy, and float on out the door when you’re done for the day at a low stress level and feeling accomplished.

Just make a decision!  Don’t blow a task out of proportion. A lot of employees make things harder than they need to be by giving themselves too many options when deciding what direction they want to take a project in. Just break it down simply and take it one step at a time.

Manage your time.  It’s important to organize yourself and to stay focused throughout the entire work day. If you are easily distracted, you are likely to not finish your tasks. Know what it is that distracts you and avoid those activities. If you can’t check Facebook for less than five minutes, don’t go on. It’s much better to just get something done in one swift motion with no breaks. You can always finish and go back to double check yourself.