Time Management

Common Things that Lead Us to Procrastinate

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There are many things in life that lead us to procrastinate. Even before technology was invented, we were getting distracted by things like magazines, radios, people, and our own thoughts. Today, we are still distracted by those things, but our biggest cross to bear is likely the Internet and mobile phones. These two things have resulted in many of us wasting precious hours of our week. Because many jobs are computer-based, we are basically sitting in front of distraction machines every single day. With one quick Google search, you can begin on a series of distracting activities. Here are some of the things we face every day that can lead us to procrastinate.

1. Social media-

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Blogspot, you name it, these are all serious distractors. Once we begin looking at any of these sites, we start on a series of activities that drain our time and energy. “Oh, let’s see what Sandra is up to,” you say as you click her Facebook page. “Let me see her new photos!” “Who is this person?” “Wow, he’s cute!” “Should I add him?” This thought process leads to an almost neverending cycle of distraction, leading us to procrastinate on things we need to be doing.

2. News outlets- Yes, educating yourself on the happenings of the world is important, but spending more than 15-30 minutes of your day doing this is actually extremely harmful. You can read all of the important news of the day within that time frame, and any extra time spent reading will likely be on articles that aren’t very useful to your day. Save this for when all of your duties are finished for the day and use it as a way to unwind.

Yes, educating yourself on the happenings of the world is important, but spending more than 15-30 minutes of your day doing this is actually extremely harmful. You can read all of the important news of the day within that time frame, and any extra time spent reading will likely be on articles that aren’t very useful to your day. Save this for when all of your duties are finished for the day and use it as a way to unwind.

3. Texting- Sending quick texts throughout the day isn’t so bad, but spending considerable amounts of time forming and sending text messages is not useful. This can be anything from texting a friend about your future plans, to texting your significant other about how much fun you had last night. While it is okay to check in with people throughout the day, keeping a long conversation going will lead you to procrastinate.

Sending quick texts throughout the day isn’t so bad, but spending considerable amounts of time forming and sending text messages is not useful. This can be anything from texting a friend about your future plans, to texting your significant other about how much fun you had last night. While it is okay to check in with people throughout the day, keeping a long conversation going will lead you to procrastinate.

4. Apps- Your phone has access to download millions of apps. Some are useful, but most are extremely distracting. Do yourself a favor and avoid apps for the entire time you are working, as they will only cause you to procrastinate.

Your phone has access to download millions of apps. Some are useful, but most are extremely distracting. Do yourself a favor and avoid apps for the entire time you are working, as they will only cause you to procrastinate.

5. Running time-consuming errands-

Sometimes, errands are a way for us to get distracted. Yes, there are some errands you absolutely need to do. But the best way to handle these trips is to put them all into one time-slot, getting them done in one day. It is also best to trim down your errands, making sure to do things the easiest way possible. For instance, you do not have to go to the post office to mail a package anymore. You can get a label online, schedule your mail carrier to pick it up. Pay bills online. It really is that easy and will save you the time spent driving and standing in line.

 

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