Productive procrastination

How I stayed productive at work with procrastination

The task at hand that we want to avoid, gives us the reason to search for some alternative task. For example,

In office

  • Clean my desk (1 hour)

  • Keep paperwork in organized (10 mins)

  • Fill papers in the printer (5 mins)

  • Take a coffee (5 mins)

  • Catch up with a colleague what they are working on (10-30 mins)

  • Help my colleagues with books, calculations, tips etc. (5 mins)

  • Document my work. Write down the procedure for doing something (1-3 hours)

  • Take a walk outside (30 mins)

  • Learn some advanced skill related to work (Excel, AutoCAD, Word etc.) (1-4 hours)

  • Upgrade old worksheets and clean any unused sheets or names (1-4 hours)

  • Meet people from other departments to know what they are on (20 mins)

  • Browse HBR for emotional intelligence and workplace productivity (Lunch break)

  • See any interesting examples of work (during low moods)

  • Request colleagues for consistency in the design calculations and presentation (when no work or deadline is no where near)

  • Take a print of a paper from a complex article or book and post it on my desk wall (When feeling lucky!)

In Home

  • Start working instead of washing clothes

  • Start working instead of cooking food

  • Cleaning room instead of working on an interesting idea or completing drawings

  • Watch movies instead of sticking to the computer

  • Walking instead of working for I was watching movies online

  • Fantasizing instead of working on concrete thoughts on requited love charm

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