How To Battle Procrastination With Productivity

We all procrastinate- we tend to put tasks off in order to accomplish ones that either demand less energy / time and/or seem to be more attractive / fulfilling to us at that point in time… or to do nothing at all

However, I will share a technique that we can use to rearrange our thoughts and actions which will help us be more productive whilst battling procrastination.

A friend of mine recently introduced a new procrastination-battling method to me. It was from the book “Eat That Frog!” by Brian Tracy.

The concept is to simply tackle the biggest, most important and perhaps most unattractive task first, then sorting the rest in a similar order on the “to do list”. The frog is that task- the one that you’re most likely to procrastinate on.

This is an interesting approach, but it doesn’t work for everyone. I think that it’s a problem of motivation.

Here’s my fix:

What if we reverse this technique?

What if we work on the smaller, less energy and time consuming tasks when we feel less motivated to work?

For example, if we don’t have the enthusiasm to “Eat That Frog!” like Brian Tracy says, instead of doing NOTHING, we can still do SOMETHING.

The thought alone of accomplishing your biggest and most important task is tiring. You could get even more demotivated and subsequently, you may abandon your to-do list altogether.

We can still tick tasks off our list even when we aren’t in the mood to accomplish our biggest task.

Example:

Here’s an example to do list, in no specific order:

  • Go grocery shopping.

  • Delete unused apps from phone.

  • Sort through clothes and set aside some for donation.

  • Clean and repaint bedroom.

  • Take the dog for a walk.

Which one is the biggest task? (Hint: It varies for each one of us.)

Here’s my example to do list, sorted from most energy consuming to least energy consuming.

  • Clean and repaint bedroom.

  • Sort through clothes and set aside some for donation.

  • Go grocery shopping.

  • Take the dog for a walk.

  • Delete unused apps from phone.

Does your version of this list look different from mine?

Application of this method:

When I am not in the mood to clean and repaint my bedroom, perhaps I can take the dog for a walk, or take some time to delete the unused apps from my phone.

And here’s why I’m suggesting this method: Hello Self-Motivation!

As I’ve used this method for some years, I’ve noted that perhaps it motivates me to clear my list. If I’m demotivated but I’ve completed 20% or even 40% of my tasks, I get a little more motivated to do another one, just to be closer to 100%. At the end of the day, the list is there to be completed. Before you know it, I’m more than half way there, and eventually, I would’ve ticked all my boxes.

Due to this method being motivating, you could perhaps finish ALL of your tasks BEFORE you would’ve finished the biggest task in the first place (being demotivated).

Tell me your thoughts!

Thanks for reading.

Until next time,
-Maryse.