Outshine In The Media: Cosmopolitan Magazine, Oct 2013

Published: October 22, 2013
By: Faye Hollands

You know the drill – you’ve got a deadline on an assignment or work project and the closer it looms, the more you manage to find anything else to do (read: Facebook trawling). Hell, you’ve even cleaned the house to avoid coming face-to-face with the task. Procrastination sucks. Big time. It cheats you into wasting precious hours resulting in you having less time to for fun stuff. If procrastination is your middle name, here’s how to get s**t done like a pro.

Stop Procrastinating

Article written by Edwina Carr, Cosmopolitan Magazine – you can read the original article by clicking here or see below.

Think you might be guilty of wasting time? If you constantly find excuses to complete tasks, wait until the last possible minute to do something or find that ignoring something you need to do is easier than actually doing it, it’s time to change your ways. Why? Career and life coach Faye Hollands says it could end up sabotaging your life. “If you procrastinate, it’s unlikely you’ll have enough time to complete the task to the level you really need to, plus it increases stress and makes us work less efficiently and can impact every area of our lives,” she explains.

How to stop time wasting

Faye recommends trying these three steps if you can’t seem to shake your procrastination habit:

1 Write it down

“Jot down exactly what you’ve got to do and make sure you break down the task down into really small steps – this makes it seem much more manageable and achievable.”

2 Allocate a time frame

“Decide when you’re going to do each task and write it in your diary – this creates a clear plan that you’re more likely to stick to rather than having a vague idea in your mind, which is much easier to put off!”

3 Make a time limit

“Give yourself a specific amount of time to complete each task – working in blocks of time is hugely effective. If you’ve been putting something off, but know that in 30 minutes it’ll be complete and ticked off your to-do list, it’s much more motivating to knuckle down and get it done.”

Social media reality check

It should come as no surprise to you that you spend a fair bit of time on your mobile/the interwebs, right? After all, research has discovered that people on average, check their smartphones a crazy 150 times during the day. Translation: you’re getting distracted by your Instagram feed every six and a half minutes! “This causes ‘constant partial attention’ where your brain has to keep flicking between different tasks,” explains Faye. “This wastes valuable time and reduces focus.”

The solution? Turn off email alerts and physically remove your phone from your space so you won’t be tempted. Trust us, biting the bullet and getting the task done is WAY easier than avoiding it!

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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