“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” - Mark Twain
Us Templings believe in the value of tracking time, but what happens when you keep putting off work that needs to get done? For many of us it’s easy to get trapped in a never-ending cycle of procrastination. If your relationship to time has gone slightly askew, Tempo time tracking software for Jira may not completely conquer your procrastination habit, but there are still ways of defeating it.
Here are some quick tricks for overcoming procrastination:
1) Turn the triggers around.
According to researcher Tim Pychyl, there are many different triggers that make a task subject to procrastination. Namely, if it is:
- Not intrinsically rewarding
- Lacking in personal meaning
When you find yourself procrastinating on a task, ask yourself which of the seven procrastination triggers above has been set off. Then find a way to think differently about the task. Picture transcribing an audio file, for example. The task might feel boring, but can you turn it into a game? See how quickly you can manage to transcribe each section of the interview. Or, if a task is unstructured, start by imposing a workflow to ensure you get it done.
2) Break the task into small chunks.
While you may feel overwhelmed thinking about the time it takes to finish a particular task, in reality work gets done in small spurts. If you start by dividing a large task into several smaller tasks, you’ll be in a much better position to start. After you start, you can quickly check items off the list and get a feeling of accomplishment that will spur you forward.
3) Work for just 5 minutes.
Don’t imagine you’ll be working for hours at a time on a particular project. Start working for 15 minutes, or even 5 minutes. It doesn’t matter how little you plan to work for, just start. Even Jira time tracking software (also known as Tempo Timesheets) can be made to works in 15-minute increments. Odds are, you’ll keep working at a task once you’ve started, and once you do, research suggests you’ll also be more likely to return to the task later.
Stop procrastinating today with better project management software. For more on how Jira time tracking software can simplify your work life, check out our product pages for Tempo Timesheets. If you must insist on procrastinating, check out a history of procrastination from the New York Times.