21 Oct 6 Quick Fixes When You Feel Like Slacking Off Work
At some point in our work routine, we often get stumped with deadlines, overwhelming workload and even last minute tasks from the boss. If only there will be moments where you can be ‘productively lazy’. Well, you can — in a proactive way.
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1.) Do MIT first thing in the morning. If you’re the type of person that comes in the office bombarded with tasks, coming 30 minutes or 1 hour ahead your scheduled time gives you enough space to sort out your priorities for the day. By doing this, you’re eliminating unnecessary tasks that are important but not urgent. Always do the MIT (Most Important Task) for the day and list all tasks that may come along your shift. You’ll be more satisfied to finish off the important ones on the list than having half-baked results at the end of your day.
2.) The 30-10 rule. Set your timer for 30 minutes to work on tasks (especially ones you may not like to work on) for 30 minutes. Be focused and do it with ‘intensity’. Once the timer sets off, allow yourself 10 minutes to work on stuffs you’d want to do like email, reading or even checking social media. Practice this routine until you get the hang of your work. Remember, the result of this is discipline. And the tricky part: Never go beyond your breaks.
3.) Accountability buddy. Sit beside someone who pushes you to your goals. Never sit with someone who’s constantly whining about their workload, their bad day and can’t wait to finish the work week. Be with someone who pushes you to your game and reach your goals.
4.) Do something different. This may be applicable for the creative people. If you’re not looking forward to a ‘routine’ task, you might want to work on something interests you. But this is only to set the mood for the work — not take over the MIT (refer to #1) for the day. Remember, this is only to move you to become more productive instead of inactive.
5.) Simplify. There is no perfect weather, perfect working condition and even a perfect boss to help you finish those tasks. Anticipate that there is no perfect time to get those tasks started or finished. Being a perfectionist may hinder you from accomplishing more tasks than when you’re doing it little by little.
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6.) Change mindset. Attitude is the one factor that helps you get through an ‘impossible’ task. Change your mentality. Instead of focusing on the problems, why not focus on the solutions and possibilities OUT of those problems? There is fulfillment in finishing a task and finding that you’re more capable of doing more than you think.
Despite the ideas being shown here, it will depend on you how you see ‘productive laziness’. In getting things done, you need to inch your way to your tasks. If not, you can work on other tasks that may be less cerebral or those with less physical demands. By doing this, you are still being productive and add value to your company. So here is to slacking off and being productive at the same time!
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