If you’ve been dreading work and putting it off, you’re not alone – promise – because I get that way all the time. Procrastination gets the best of us, y’all. Since procrastination can lead to increased stress and lower performance, it’s best to try and avoid it at all costs. Here are some ways to make yourself actually want to work:
Set realistic goals for yourself – and #treatyoself when you complete them! If something is due at the end of the week, reward yourself with a shopping trip if you complete it by mid-week. It can even be something as small as a glass of wine when you get home from work. You’ll be more motivated to work when you have something to look forward to after you’re all done. At least that’s what I do! I love treats, lol.
Have some caffeine
Too much caffeine is never good for anyone, but when you need a little extra focus, you may just want to reach for that doubleshot. Caffeine turns on our body’s “fight or flight” response, which brings more blood flow to the brain. The end result? A strong cup of joe can get you thinking more clearly and keep you extra focused on the task at hand.
Sitting inside an office can make you lose motivation all by itself, and even though I don’t work from an office, I feel bored inside sometimes. Like in a box. Especially now that summer’s almost here. Alittle sunshine and fresh air will be sure to liven you up and motivate you to get things done. A lot of workplaces have outdoor lunch tables to work at, but if yours doesn’t, bring a beach towel from home and lay it somewhere you can still get WiFi. Bonus: maybe you’ll even get a little tan while you’re working (don’t forget your sunscreen though, duh).
Break it up
If the thought of spending 3 hours straight on a project has you putting things off (this straight freaks my ADD out), try splitting up your work into bite-sized chunks. For example, if your inbox is over-flooded with e-mails but you have a huge project due the next day, set an alarm half past each hour to switch back and forth between tasks. It’s easy to get stuck on something big and overwhelming – by breaking up your time, you can re-approach that daunting task with a fresh mindset.
Grab a friend
Being around someone who is motivated can actually motivate you too! Have y’all ever noticed this? Ask a co-worker to work with you outside, or even just in a conference room. When you get stuck on something, instead of getting frustrated and giving up, just ask your co-worker for some help. You’ll get more done when you have someone to lean on, and you’ll both be done with your work in no time! Plus, it’s just fun.
How do you push yourself to get work done?
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