Do you ever come up on a deadline and panic that you won’t make it?
If you’re a procrastinator, I bet you do.
I hesitate to say this because if I do, chances are I’ll have to eat my words soon.
Oh well, here goes anyway.
I have to admit that I often do things at the last minute. I’ve always been that way. I’m not proud of it but it does seem to work for me.
I recently ran a 5 day challenge. When did I prepare each day’s trainings and instructions? Of course. The day before. It could be worse, you know. I could wait until the morning of the day they needed to appear. I’m not quite that bad.
I don’t suggest waiting until the day before to get something important done.
But if you do, here’s what I suggest:
Get yourself into the right mindset by doing what you do when you are going on vacation the next day. You have no choice! You have to get specific tasks done before you leave.
You need to arrange for your business tasks that need to happen before you go. You need to pack and maybe even wash your clothes. You must stop newspaper deliveries and maybe trash pickup.
And somehow you get everything done. How does that work?
It’s simple, really. You get super focused.
You have to be very organized because you have specific tasks that must be done on that one day.
First, you have to plan which tasks are essential. Because you don’t want to forget any of them, you make a list, preferably the day before when you are needing to take yourself out of panic mode so that you can get a good night’s sleep. That allows you to start the new day with a clear head because you have a plan to follow.
In addition, you must be very focused as you work through each task. You turn off your phone and ignore social media. You can catch up on those distractions at the end of the day or as you travel to your vacation destination.
It is remarkable how efficient you can be when you give your entire attention to the single task that needs to be done at the time allotted to it. And that is how you get through the to-do list that you made the day before.
At the end of this successful day, I recommend that you write yourself a note which tells you to conduct every work day in the same way. Make a to-do list the night before and then complete the tasks you need to accomplish in the order they appear on the list.
It works very well.
I will be telling you about other ways to work efficiently in my Time To Shine LITE program. You will be pleased to find out how well some simple changes can free up a lot more time for non-work activities.
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Are you a procrastinator or do you complete your tasks in an organized way? Tell us in the comments below.