We’ve all been there, you’re scrolling and scrolling through your feed - be it Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Then you realize you’ve already spent 3 hours on your phone and the task you’re actually supposed to have done that day get pushed back. It’s just so easy to procrastinate now more than ever with so many entertaining distractions.
It’s been said that when we get a notification it’s like a hit of dopamine. We crave the attention, the likes the time wasting.
But it’s important to remember that we only have 24 hours in a day and that whilst that seems like a lot of time, we tend to underestimate the time we take to actually finish our tasks.
Here’s a few ways to maxisimise your time!
1. Put your phone away
The best way not to be distracted by social media, messages and notifications is to put your phone way. It’s hard, believe me I know. One way you could do it, is to have someone else you trust to hold your phone until you finish your tasks.
Another alternative for people who absolutely have to use their phone is using apps that limit certain apps. There’s many apps that block off specific apps to lower the risk of you procrastinating. There’s also a laptop version of this. You can adjust the period of time those apps are blocked for.
So, if after 2 hours of work, your brain might need a break; go ahead and watch a cat video.
2. Have reading material on hand
Dead time is that odd free period of nothing like when you’re waiting at the doctors, or commuting to work. Now, it’s pretty easy to just waste that time staring out of the window or scrolling through memes. But what you can do is actually maximize that time. I personally use that time to read a book, magazine or brush up on my study stuff.
But if you’re not a fan of books you can try podcasts and radio stations. It’s also a good time to listen to the news and catch up with the day’s happenings before you start work or school.
This way you’d be learning and expanding your thoughts and even get ideas for your work after.
3. Make a list
Now I’ve talked about lists before in article but I think in general that lists are a great way to make sure you get things done! It’s so easy to get sidetracked when you have so many things thrown your way. But that’s okay; this is why we should make a daily to-do-list!
Too many tasks that you never remember? It’s been proven that writing down things with pen and paper helps us remember. You can use a small notebook or sticky notes to write your tasks down.
If you think that’s old fashioned, you can also use the apps on your phone and desktop to display and remind you the goals for the day.
It’s also important to priorities your tasks and do the important tasks first so that you don’t waste time and don’t meet deadlines.