How to Overcome Procrastination with Scheduling

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Franchesca Tan

Franchesca Tan

Updated: Mar 20, 2024

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Procrastination, the art of delaying or postponing tasks, is a universal struggle many face. It's the invisible barrier that keeps us from achieving our full potential. However, with the proper scheduling techniques, we can break through this barrier and unlock a new level of productivity.

Let's dive into how structured time blocks, clear priorities, and the magic of breaks and rewards can transform our work ethic.

The root causes of procrastination

At its core, procrastination is not about laziness. It's often a response to emotional stress—whether it's fear of failure, a lack of motivation, or feeling overwhelmed by tasks. Understanding these psychological underpinnings is the first step toward overcoming procrastination. By acknowledging what holds us back, we can tailor our scheduling techniques to address these challenges head-on.

Time management techniques

The Pomodoro technique offers a simple yet effective way to conquer procrastination. Breaking work into short, focused intervals (traditionally 25 minutes), followed by a brief five-minute break, keeps motivation high and burnout low. Each "Pomodoro" session is a mini-victory, making even the most daunting tasks seem manageable.

Time blocking is another powerful tool in the fight against procrastination. It involves allocating specific blocks of time for different tasks or activities throughout the day. This method helps prioritize work and guards against the distractions that fuel procrastination. By knowing precisely what to focus on and when, we can make the most of our day.

The 2-minute rule is another productivity hack. This principle states that tasks that take less than two minutes should be done immediately. This principle helps clear the clutter of small tasks that can add up. And finally, while not a time management technique, a clutter-free workspace also minimizes the feeling of overwhelm. A tidy desk can significantly enhance focus, reducing the mental clutter that contributes to procrastination.

Setting short-term goals and incorporating rewards

Motivation flourishes when we set achievable short-term goals. These milestones can serve as stepping stones towards larger objectives, providing a sense of progress and accomplishment. Pairing these goals with rewards (like a coffee break or a short walk after completing a task) offers immediate gratification, further boosting our drive to push forward.

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Using Doodle for scheduling success

Use scheduling tools and apps to keep track of tasks and deadlines. This saves time and keeps procrastination at bay. Doodle emerges as a champion in scheduling, offering features that simplify the process of finding the best times for meetings, allowing for efficient time management. 

Doodle is not just about avoiding the back-and-forth of scheduling; it's about reclaiming time for what truly matters. By leveraging Doodle, you can set clear priorities, ensure meetings are productive, and, most importantly, carve out time for focused work blocks.

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