“At Ora Group, we know that procrastination is the bane of existence. It’s not something anyone should fall into. Rather it should show you that distractions are dangerous and once you’re caught in them, it’s hard to fall out. There are so many distractions in our time and age. With technology, Facebook, Instagram, social circles — while these may be good stress relievers they are killing the workplace by not getting our full potential to shine through,” says Obiora Shorinwa, managing director of Ora Group. We believe that there are many ways to challenge and overcome your procrastination and this goes for every single individual. The number one thing is holding yourself accountable. Let someone know your daily goal and make sure they remind you and hold you accountable to complete it. Another great trick is to write your to-do list down. “Studies show that writing down your tasks daily and checking them off helps you follow a more smooth schedule to make sure you accomplish it,” says Obiora Shorinwa of Ora Group.
According to the Harvard Review, an article written by Chris Bailey “5 Research-Based Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination” one of the studies Bailey writes about is: “Do something — anything — to get started. It’s easier to keep going with a task after you’ve overcome the initial hump of starting it in the first place. That’s because the tasks that induce procrastination are rarely as bad as we think. Getting started on something forces a subconscious reappraisal of that work, where we might find that the actual task sets off fewer triggers than we originally anticipated. Research suggests that we remember uncompleted or interrupted tasks better than projects we’ve finished. It’s like listening to a catchy song, only to have it unexpectedly cut off in the middle and then have it stuck in your head the rest of the day. Starting a task means you’ll continue to process it — and this makes you more likely to resume the work later on.” Another helpful one he mentions is what we mentioned about technology and disconnecting.
Bailey writes, “Disconnect. Our devices offer a cornucopia of distractions, whether it’s email, social media, or texting with friends and family. This is especially difficult as our work becomes more ambiguous and unstructured (two triggers of procrastination). When you notice yourself using your device to procrastinate, disconnect. Sometimes when I’m writing, I go as far as to put my phone in another room, and shut off the WiFi on my computer. Other times, I turn to an app like Freedom or Self Control, which blocks access to distracting sites, and require me to physically restart my computer to restore access.” “As many distractions there are in our time, we can surely combat them to make sure we can push through and get work done,” says Obiora Shorinwa of Ora Group.