If you’re like many people in the United States, you’ll find out that when you have a lot of things that you need to get done in a day, you often procrastinate. You’ll often find that at the end of the day, you’ve wasted so much time on YouTube or Facebook that you haven’t really done most of the things that needed to be done that day.
Procrastination is a big problem in the US, with as many as 26% of the population being affected, almost quadrupling in the last 30 years. This is a problem, as people often have large trouble finishing work, and in large corporations, inefficient employees might hint at a company leaking money.
Obviously, for a problem that affects as much as 1 in 4 people, a solution must be at hand. A few tips would include blocking websites from your work computer, or creating to-do lists that you must accomplish every day. However, for some, that might just not be enough.
This is where the Big 3 strategy comes into play.
Instead of creating a long list of things to do in a day, try writing down the three big things that you need to accomplish today. For example, at work, that might mean 1. Finishing that report for this week, 2. Compiling all the data from customer information, and 3. Creating the new concept for the company logo. If those are the three most important things that you need to get done today, write them down on a post-it, and stick it next to your computer monitor. It’ll constantly remind you on the things that you need to get done.
This is also good to start blasting through work almost immediately after you get to the office, as in many cases, you might waste up to an hour deciding on the things that you need to do today. However, listing the 3 things to do in a day should come naturally and instantly.
For an extra boost towards that direction, allot time for each of the aforementioned tasks as well, and actually stick to them.
It’s a pretty simple concept that can go a long way when actually applied. Now stop wasting your time and get your work done!