How do I Actually Reduced Procrastination at Work?

“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important.”
— Natalie Goldberg

Anxiety
Photo by Aarón Blanco Tejedor on Unsplash

If you are like me dealing with anxiety became a day-to-day thing for you. For the past two years, I have been feeling the same every single day. It is like anxiety had become a part of my life.

The problem of getting anxious over feeling anxious can seem unavoidable, especially when the things you’re obsessing about are work-related.

Whether I am worrying about an impending deadline, or I am just having a formless feeling of dread, I always keep telling myself — “I have to get back to work, just stop caring about these feelings, focus on what you are doing or going to do.”

But, nowadays I have figured out a particular way that is helping me to suppress this feeling and in this blog, I am going to share with you that tip which you also can use if you are feeling the same.

Before starting I want to suggest to read till the end to avoid missing any imporatant point.

Making To-do list

Every day I wake up in the morning and my brain is almost flooded with thoughts like: Is today is the deadline to submit my assignment? What work did my father tell me to do yesterday? Am I missing something important? Having all these thoughts in the mornings is not only messy but also stressful.

According to Kidlin’s law: “If you can write down the problem clearly, it is half solved.”

Making a to-do list helps shape the day and move forward with a clearer mind.

Our modern life is stressful — there is no way to avoid it. Unlike our ancestors who only cared about basic needs like food, shelter, and clothing, we have more to deal with on day to day basis.

Here are 3 benefits of list-making:

  1. It can be a stress reliever.
  2. You can head toward your day with a clearer mind.
  3. You can have more control over time.

How I make a to-do list

I usually make a to-do list day before usually at night. In the to-do list, I write down the things I need to do the next day, also any important reminder that I can forget. I do not write down basic things that I do in day-to-day life.

I write down all these in my phone’s Notes app. The reason behind writing it on phone is whenever I forget about what to do next I can easily check my phone to remember.

Here are some apps you can use for making a to-do list.

  1. Todoist
  2. Things
  3. Google Tasks
  4. Any.do
  5. Microsoft to do

Tips for you on making a to-do list

First, categorize the works based on their importance. More important the work more priority it will get. Keep things that are most important in the beginning and less important in the below of the list. Give every work a specific time period and try to complete it within time.

This is all I did and what helped me to cope with the anxiety before my work.

Hope you found it helpful.

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