Simplify Being Productive: Become a Serial Mini Achiever

The most difficult part about being a procrastinator is that moment see the amount of work you need to do, you get overwhelmed. I tried various methods on planning my work to meet the deadline. But the act of planning makes the enormity of the task even more visible, which further worsened my procrastination.

What helped me was stop looking at the big picture and only focus on what I need to get done “today”. Therefore I started setting daily task of my notes app, but it got annoying having to delete each task I noted down. After trying few apps to organise my daily tasks, I came across an app called “Clear Todos”.

This app is super easy to use, you can tap to create a task, then swipe right once you complete it.

Every morning when I wake up I will create my daily tasks including small tasks like “walk to get a coffee”. By completing these small tasks first, it starts rolling the ball for the day and you will build momentum. This drive will push you to start on more larger tasks that you might procrastinate otherwise.

It is crucial that for more larger tasks such as school essays, you should set a minimum goal such as “Work on essay for 30 minutes”. If you can work for 30 minutes you can swipe and stop working. But if your feeling it, continue working. The key is to work for short periods, but be consistent on working 30 minutes everyday. Eventually you will have a day that you get in the groove and make major progress.

If your still new to the “procrastinator to productive” journey, keep your tasks super simple like “make bed” or “walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes”. Get used to achieving the goals you set by starting at a micro level. Be patient, be consistent and you will see the results.

If you reached this part of the blog this is your micro task of the day, go to the app store and download “Clear Todos”, then create three simple tasks that you will do tomorrow.

Do it.

How to Stop Social Media Addiction: Procrastination to Productive

Social media is a procrastinator’s nightmare. It can suck hours out of our time and it hold us back from being productive. I have a simple solution for you.

Delete the App

Now deleting the app doesn’t mean that you have to quit social media entirely. What you can do is go the your browser and use your social media there. This doesn’t sound like a solution but hear me out. The key for having a healthy relationship with social media is to set just enough barriers between you and your social media experience. The act of you having to go into your browser and typing the website is enough work to deter you from going into social media app anytime your bored. Also the app is optimised for your phone and it is also built to keep you immersed in the app. So the user experience is much more snappier.

Above is the screen recording of the instagram application. Now compare it to the web browser version below;

You can clearly see it’s much slower to load and when you press back, it has this lag that infuriates you. This negative feeling is crucial in stopping you from mindlessly swiping away in the discover page.

Personally this simple method has drastically help me from being stuck in the social network experience. Social media is a important tool in our real social lives and it is unreasonable to completely quit it. But for us procrastinators it can be a hindering addiction.

To have a balanced online and offline life try this simple change. You will find that you magically create more time in your life to be more productive!