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Effective ways to stop procrastination & help you focus


In a recent newsletter I shared some tips to help you get rid of your tendency to procrastinate and delay tasks (we all do it!) and get really efficient to ultimately focus on the stuff that really needs doing. The feedback was so positive I decided to turn this into a blog post so it's accessible and helps anyone who lands on this page! Meditation

Doing a short meditation a the start of the day (10 mins is plenty to start with) is a highly effective way to clear the mind of any junk, create space and allow you to focus on the really important stuff. I know meditation doesn't come easily to a lot of people though.

If you're open to trying, I highly recommend the app Insight Timer.

It has thousands of different guided meditations and is so easy to use that it's a great place for someone new to meditation to start.

Apart from using meditation techniques to create space & awareness, here are some more practical tools:

Pick your top 3

Write down your top 3 tasks for the day and attack them one by one. Don't start the second until the first is finished and focus on doing one at a time.

Visualise

Take 2 minutes to think about the outcome of finishing each task (satisfaction that your accounts are done, peace of mind that your papers are organised, accomplished that you have chased outstanding invoices...) and focus on the FEELING of completing the task. Hold onto this feeling when you start to get distracted or demotivated and focus your energy on how good you will feel when it's done.

All you need is 5 minutes

For each task, tell yourself you only need to do 5 minutes and then you can stop - and go in with that idea. It will be much easier to carry on after 5 than attempt to do 45! Read more about it here from the co-founder of Instagram!