This needs a bit of instinct, its not easy to know what is the right moment to do the things, first you need to get rid of the `fix it later` thought, evaluate the necessity and the urgency of things before acting on something, everything brings its own urgency, sometimes you need to stop and re-evaluate what has been done, that will save you time fixing things. Once you get that instinct you will know to avoid postposing things, so you can do them in the right moment.
Getting myself organized and creating a routine schedule works best for me. I set calendar reminders to keep me on track for meeting deadlines. I minimize distractions by putting my phone in silence. Here are a few additional tips for your consideration.
• Commit to the task
• Minimize distractions
• Manage your energy, not your time
• Do other, easier tasks until your energy levels recover
Best of luck to you!
Sheila recommends the following next steps:
Don't punish yourself for procrastinating. The more stressed you are, the harder it is to get things done. Don't be angry with yourself, get on with it and give all your attention to what needs to be done.
Spend 15 minutes on your most important task. Instead of thinking about how long it will take to get the whole job done, just do it. Telling yourself that you only need to do something for 15 minutes can reduce the fear of trying to get the whole thing done in a short amount of time. By the time you stop working, more than 15 minutes have passed.
Try it, and you'll change
This is the most common problems of people who are studying and working. What works for me, when I start my day, I write what I will do for the whole day and will stop holding my phone. I have a habit of saying to myself that I need to finish my job on time so I can spend time with my family and I do not have to work after working hours. RIght after sitting down, I will immediately write what I will do, and will act on it. I put alarms on my calendars and it keeps me moving until the end of the day.
Raffinée Wilson, M.S., LPC
Also, not having Netflix, music, a podcast or anything on can really help getting you in the flow. If you need music or sounds, I recommend some lo-fi, white noise type.
Procrastination happens because your brain wants to avoid the negative feelings you associate with whatever you are procrastinating on. For me, this happens frequently when the task in front of me seems too difficult, or too big to tackle. But if you spend some time planning, most tasks can be broken into smaller pieces that are easier to handle. Just keep breaking things into smaller parts until you don't feel resistance anymore on getting started.
I am sure there will be unforeseen distractions depending on your environment. But trying to stick to that routine as much as possible, helps deal with that distractions and get things done with ease.