I think procrastination is usually a symptom of a deep seated emotion that we just don't want to face. Fear, extreme dislike, frustration, dread - these all breed procrastination of a job we just don't think we'll enjoy. You see it so frequently in tax season, but if you stop to think why you haven't done another task in your life, you might find a strong feeling is behind it.
Whether or not you've been procrastinating, when you get down to tackling a particular task, focus is important for getting it done and doing it well. Here are my tips for improving your focus:
* Choose to ignore incoming communications and other distractions during the time you are working. If you pre-plan this approach, you won't lose speed when the email alert dings!
* Keep a notepad handy to jot thoughts that pop up and tempt you to lose focus.
* Set a time period for working on the task, whether you finish or not. You'll keep going right to the end, and many longer.
* Sometimes you need to create your own motivation to focus. For example, I've been known to invite guests over as much to make me clean house as to enjoy their company!
Here's to your success with some introspection and deliberate scheduling!