Do you ever get the feeling that you are doing lots around the house or out and about, getting those little, easy things done, but then that sizeable, important task is still looming over your head? The race for time is a sign of modern life, leaving a lot of us feeling at the end of the day like we’ve let someone down, namely our family, friends, colleagues or ourselves.
Rest assured, procrastination is not laziness, you don’t need to beat yourself up about it. Procrastination is merely the gap between intention and action.
Sounds easy to change when you put it like that, right? Well, let’s break it down a little more…
There’s nothing like a deadline that can kick me into gear; whether it’s people coming over for dinner or a work presentation due the next day, but who needs that kind of stress, right? Interestingly enough the ABS confirms trying to balance work and family responsibilities is the key reason for why Australians feel rushed off their feet. The constant feeling of being pressed for time can have both mental and physical effects – and the defence mechanism of our brain, procrastination, can exacerbate the problem. Similarly, procrastination can come to light in other aspects of our lives, such as putting off that much needed doctor’s appointment, remedial massage or simply some ‘me time’.
Now, with increased use of technology and social media, more people are reporting the habitual delaying of tasks in their daily lives. Our relationship to certain devices, like out smart phones, can leave us wasting hours of our day. The touch screen seems to have become an attachment to our hands – even moving from room to room at home it comes with me, what about you? Taking a step back to look at all the elements that might inhibit intentional productivity is the first step to breaking up with procrastination.
The decision to work on something is driven by how much we value accomplishing the project in that moment; so, changing the way we perceive a particular task can lead us to accomplishing more. For example, for those strenuous or tedious tasks, focus on the satisfactory feeling when finishing rather than the process of getting there. Another thing to consider is that the mind can only have a certain number of things to procrastinate over, due to the short-term memory function of our brains. Therefore, not ticking boxes can put an unnecessary halt in our lives. So, let’s see how we can attack this…
- Prepping the night before what you’ll need for the next day
- Do exercise in the morning – a workout more than 10 minutes increases productivity and releases endorphins
- Make step by step plan with a work and break agenda…accomplishing sections gives a sense of fulfilment along the way
- Psychological sectioning of rooms in your house will also help you to re-define your productivity at home – your sofa or bedroom is not the place for work, keep it as a relaxing, wind down spot only.
- Believe it or not the colours you use can increase productivity – red colours increase attention to details and blue colours foster creativity
At Family Clean we genuinely love improving the lives of others, it is the heart and soul of our business. So, if you need a hand getting your house work done, in order to focus on other tasks, we’re are more than happy to help, give us a call today!