Most people get bored of tedious tasks and are more drawn to activities that take their fancy or are considered essential. There’s no denying it- you might be feeling some psychological overload from an extensive list of irritating to-dos. A pile of confusing & daunting chores can quickly overwhelm and drain your energy.
Tasks that you delay thinking about can plague your mind and make it difficult for you to focus on essential things, even though you’re not consciously thinking about them. Instead of focusing entirely on what needs to be done, valuable energy is spent worrying or putting the task off until tomorrow.
Below, we have picked for you some best ways to help you finish up the work you have procrastinated.
Be aware of your toads.
Given the problems with stress and mental health, many people start to think of mindfulness as the mental equivalent to spring cleaning. You can excavate all of your irritants in an attempt to remove anything that may trigger a negative response.
Get all those unpleasant thoughts down on paper. If you do this, you’ll be able to take the necessary steps to move these out of your head and into something tangible.
Start your morning with the most unwanted task.
I’m not sure if there’s one “most effective” way to promote productivity and reduce procrastination, but I do know that handling your nastiest toad every morning will help.
You’re already heroic. The stress of it will also linger with you throughout the day, distracting and dragging you down.
The 5 Important D’s
There’s no “one size fits all” solution to handling difficult people, and you’ll have to come up with the best way based on the circumstances. One strategy is finding someone else to take care of it for you – potentially replacing yourself or getting them to assist in some sense. Or if that doesn’t work, then find someone else who can do your responsibilities while
If you’re having trouble with toads, here are five ways to deal with them. For each one on your list, make a choice based on the situation:
• Do it.
• Don’t do it.
• Delegate it.
• Delete it.
• Date it.
Schedule a toad day!
The casual day is so outdated. Why not spend an afternoon getting out all of those tasks you’ve been dreading? Just imagine how productive your company could be!
Ask each of your team members to list their 30 favorite work and personal activities. On Toad Day, challenge everyone to complete as many things off their lists as they can!
A toad day is an excellent way to clear the backlog of toads that can sometimes weigh you down in your work. This is a surefire and guaranteed way of detecting creative energy to make your team as productive as possible.
Start writing your toads down.
It’s effortless to lie to ourselves and procrastinate on certain things. But that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Specific tasks may cause us anger or worry if they linger for a long time. You owe it to yourself to finish them off sooner rather than later.
One of the easiest and best ways to prevent procrastination is to write down your tasks as soon as they come in. It may sound simple, but it is an effective way to remove the mental weight that causes one to procrastinate.
When you have less mental weight in your mind, you won’t needlessly tire out and can pay more attention to what matters. It’s essential to pen down everything that needs to be done in a centralized location. That way, everything else is right there, and you can prioritize based on time-sensitive deadlines. Informed decision-making becomes much more accessible.
Ask for help when needed.
Some people find it helpful when they struggle to have a colleague hold them accountable to a deadline. Some might object to not being entirely self-sufficient, but the social aspect of accountability can be beneficial.
And toads, in particular, you don’t have to do it in the same old way: It’s more important that you take care of them. Thankfully, the solution is relatively straightforward: Just ask a colleague for help!