I have been home for an hour already and none of the work that I had to do this afternoon is complete. See, I’m a teacher and it is report time. This means long hours spent, after school, sorting through marks and writing comments. I have literally just wasted an hour of time when I should have been working because I cannot get myself to knuckle down and actually work. Now although that is not helpful it has motivated me to write this post so it can’t be all bad.
Sometimes when you have mounds of work to do it is easy to just procrastinate and do something else instead. Here are some easy ways to keep your mind focused on the task at hand.
Don’t get too comfortable
If you have work to do and you lie on your bed and get too comfortable then chances are good that you’re going to fall asleep, or get too tired to do the work properly. Find a good medium between the two. For example, I am currently sitting on the couch with my legs crossed instead of lounging on it 😉
Give up your phone
Obviously I don’t mean literally and of course I don’t mean forever. Put your phone in another room and give yourself a goal. Once you’ve reached your goal you may go into the other room and reply to messages, etc. Also, give yourself a time limit for this…and be strict!
Have a buddy
Having someone else that will hold you accountable helps because if you fail to do what you need to do then you will have to answer to them as well. Perhaps when you’re finished with your section of work you can use your free time – your reward 😉 – to send them a message and update them, or see how far they are. However don’t expect a response right away…they might still be busy 😉
Make a to-do list
Having a list with everything that you need to do helps so much! This way you can see everything and keep adding or taking away as the need arises. I love doing this because I always do the smaller and quicker tasks first and leave the bigger ones for later. Now this might not work for everyone so find what works for you.
This was briefly mentioned in a point above but it is so good it needs its own bullet. Set small and achievable goals for yourself. Once you have achieved the goal then reward yourself, with something small. For example, if you finish a chapter of your textbook then you can have another cup of tea – this motivated me so much! However, a 40 minute episode of your favourite show is not helpful! We all know that one episode is never just one episode 😉
These are just some of the ways that I life to stay focused and motivated. Do you do any of these? Do you have any other techniques that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments below!