I wanted to touch on the subject of procrastination in today’s article because virtually everyone struggles with it at one time or another. Even if you don’t think you have a problem with procrastination, you could benefit from the helpful advice I provide to impose a bit of discipline and get more out of your day.
Research suggests that in an eight-hour day, the average worker is only productive for two hours and 53 minutes. This absolutely appalling statistic underscores how widespread the problem of procrastination is.
How can it be that the majority of people execute less than three hours of productive work a day? The answer lies in all the distractions of the modern digital world dominated by the smart phone and other electronic devices: instant messaging, phone calls, games, videos, e-mail and web browsing allow us ample opportunities to distract ourselves from the important tasks at hand.
When you look at its core, procrastination is caused by avoiding the discomfort of doing work. It is so much more preferable to do a time waster than whatever you are supposed to be working on. This simple truth may be hard to hear, but it is absolutely true.
In order to see how bad a problem you have with procrastination, start to become aware of how much of your time each day is consumed by time wasting activities. Many people are absolutely addicted to their cell phones and don’t even realize it. They can’t help but answer that little ding their phone makes when an instant message or email comes in.
One way to break a cell phone addiction is to turn the device to airplane mode and hide it in a desk drawer during working hours. If doing this bothers you greatly, you know you have a problem with cell phone addiction. Many people harbor a fear of missing out on an important call or text, which may come in. The truth is it can wait until you are ready to deal with it.
So, what can you do to overcome the effects of procrastination? Take the following steps to get more control of your daily productivity:
Try this four-step plan and see how productive you can be
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