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Procrastination: The Enemy of Success Working from Home


Showing up to an office every day is no guarantee of productivity, something anyone who has ever worked in an office knows. Still, working from home makes it easy to elevate procrastination to an art form. This is particularly true right now, as many of the reasons why so many of us are working from home and changing our lifestyles is distracting on every level. Concern about the impact on the lives, health, finances and social order the COVID-19 pandemic will have when it’s all said and done can make it hard to focus, but putting off work will only add to stress and concern you’re already feeling. 

  1. Setting Yourself Up for Success (and Efficiency)

First and foremost, it’s important to have a designated space where you work. Even if it’s just a spot at the kitchen table, having this space makes it easier to transition from “home mode” to “work mode.” Once you’re in your makeshift workplace, take the time to look over any looming deadlines and major upcoming tasks so you can create a schedule that works for you. The days can run together when you’re stuck in one space indefinitely, but detailed lists of upcoming events, responsibilities and vital tasks helps you stay on top of everything. 

Working from home comes with a lot of freedom and a lot of perks, but it also comes with a lot of monotony. Taking frequent breaks to stand, walk and stretch is important for your health, but it’s also important to break up the monotony for the good of your mental state. Give yourself time to do something you enjoy between tasks for a few moments, and break large jobs into manageable segments. Most of the time, people procrastinate when they know the task ahead of them is likely to be time-consuming or draining. When you’re not in the office, it’s easy to put off those tedious jobs until the last minute, but it’s more difficult to stay on task when you’re down to the wire. 

This is where it pays to consider how the ability to outsource some of your to-do list could be a game-changer. Staying motivated and on-task is much easier when you’re doing work you know is important, and more difficult when it feels like a waste of time. Could a virtual assistant take responsibility for some admin or clerical tasks? What about social media and blog maintenance? You don’t have to be a jack of all trades, you have to be efficient and effective at what you do best. Knowing when and how to call for reinforcements is key to success in any industry. 

  1. How Short-Term Measures Can Effect Long-Term Change

Procrastination is a more difficult peak to climb when you’re working from home, but it’s certainly not exclusive to telecommuters. Whether you plan to return to onsite work in the future or working from home is likely to be your reality even after the pandemic ends, changing your work habits and learning to tackle procrastination now can make a huge difference long term. 

From learning to outsource and delegate to setting your space up for productivity, this is an ideal time to examine your work, all it entails and how it could be done more effectively. Banishing the urge to procrastinate can be as simple as making your work more meaningful and alleviating drudgery in small ways, leaving you ready to take on anything that comes your way.

Posted on November 11th, 2020 by Client Advocate Team

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