Our screen addiction has turned into a procrastination addiction and we’re more exposed to distraction than ever.
I could kill your work day with a simple link. Seriously, don’t click it.
The web is full of great tips on how to manage your time, stay productive and get more done in less time. The world wants to save you some time while all you do is read these articles while slacking off.
This is why it’s useful to consider a non-managing approach to time management – a lazy take on this growing trend.
Think of it as time management for people who really can’t seem to manage.
Plan to be interrupted
If you want to quit procrastination, schedule time for procrastination. Plan to be distracted, because you inevitably will be.
But if you allow yourself a portion of time and stay focused on work, knowing you’ll get your break in a while, you’ll be more productive and in time – procrastinate less.
Basically, get it out of your system.
The same goes for various distractions and interruptions. Stop constantly checking your email and social channels – nothing is that urgent – plan to check every few hours or so and refrain from visiting these sites in outside these hours.
There’s also a few handy tools like SelfControl that can help you blacklist the unwanted sites and block them for a few hours while you’re trying to focus.
There’s no bigger time killer than a lost pen.
Clutter is a known productivity killer.
Don’t let your mess take over your mind and leave no space for thinking, planning and working. Declutter your home, keep your workspace tidy, clean up the mess in your environment to create a better working environment for your brain.
What you’re surrounded by ultimately affects your productivity and if you want to get things done – remember to declutter.
Track your bad habits
Smoker? Avid Facebook checker? Cat video lover?
Track your time doing these things for a week. Be consistent – track every moment of a habit you’d like to get rid of. Then revise.
Would you be watching cat videos for just 4 minutes if you knew they actually amounted to 4 hours over the whole week?
Same goes for multitasking – if you tracked your unfocused work for a couple of weeks, you might discover you spend a majority of your week working on things that get you no results.
There is tons of time that can easily be saved.
You could use that time for much more useful stuff – reading a book, mastering a skill, learning a new language – you’ll be an expert in a few months. And soon enough, your longstanding cat video expertise will be replaced with, you know, something actually useful.