So here are my tips to beat procrastination and amp up your productivity by scheduling:
1. Schedule goal-setting sessions. Everyone else gets a chunk of your time, so why don't you? Set up some time with yourself to figure out what you need to get done. Make 4 separate 20-30 minute appointments with yourself on different days. In these appointments you will come up with annual, bi-annual, monthly and weekly goals.
**Make sure you are making your goals reasonable. A good rule of thumb is to use SMART goal setting and start with one goal for each time period.**
2. Break each goal into tasks and schedule those tasks. Figure out how many tasks you have, and divide them evenly over your time period. Do this first with your longest term goals and work toward your shortest term goals. Schedule the tasks for days and times when you are typically free to work and concentrate. Remember, none of this is set in stone, just like you can reschedule your dentist appointment if something comes up, you can reschedule these tasks if you just can't do it.
3. Give yourself credit and schedule rewards for accomplishing goals. The importance of this step cannot be overstated. Even if you understand the importance and value of achieving your goals, the subconscious, reward-driven Id in your brain will still pitch a fit like an unruly two-year-old if you ignore it for too long. Everyone needs a substantial 'atta-boy every now and again. If possible, match the reward value to the difficulty of the goal. More difficult goals that you have been working toward for a longer period of time should have a more substantial reward assigned.
I hope these tips help you beat procrastination! What tools and tips do you use to make sure you optimize productivity when you are working on a big project? Share with me in the comments!