Common Traits of Procrastinators (And How to Stop Being Unproductive) 417

traits of procrastinators

Inside everyone there is a tiny procrastinator.

And if you feed him by making excuses and giving him reasons to put things off, listen to him and indulge in time-wasting activities, he will grow bigger and stronger.
Until he takes control over you and you find yourself being a slave and never getting anything done.

And, of course, you can also say ‘no’ to his ideas (he can come up with quite creative reasons to do important things later, and quite interesting, easier, simpler and faster stuff to do right now instead).

But before all that, you’ll need to be aware of his actions. You need to know when he’s speaking and acting on your behalf, and to be able to stop, reflect on that and say ‘no’.
And then go do the things you know you should be doing.

So here are some common traits of procrastinators you should be familiar with:

10 Things Procrastinators Do That Make Them Horribly Unproductive

1. Procrastinators check social networks and emails constantly.

We all know how addictive that can be. Procrastinators do it all the time and most often there’s nothing new to see.

Solution: The only way to stop doing it is to be ruthless and disciplined.

Set times for doing these activities – the best thing is to check email twice a day – in the morning, and in the afternoon.
And to be mindful of how much time you spend on social media, set some deadlines – like not doing it until 1 pm, or having certain periods of the day when you can do it for half an hour.

2. Procrastinators are late.

Such people put off even things like going out and being on time, even if it’s to meet someone important.

What to do? Just start getting ready half an hour earlier than you usually do.

It may mean that you’ll be ‘getting ready’ to go out 60-90 minutes before the actual time, but if that’s what will help you be there and do your best, then so be it.

3. Procrastinators find it hard to start working on something.

The typical unproductive person struggles with beginning. Sometimes it may be harder for him than the actual task.
So he needs another approach.

It’s important to stop thinking about the whole task/job/project, and to focus on just starting.
Forget how long it will take, whether you’ll do it on time, and whether it will go according to the plan. Simply start.

Here’s a great guide on starting.

4. Procrastinators always complain about how hard things are and how busy they are.

And that itself takes time, and lets them put things off for later.

Constantly repeating statements like these will convince you that they are true, and soon you’ll give up on trying to do anything about them. So stop saying things like that.

In fact, never let others know that you procrastinate.
Instead, go face your task and focus on starting small.

5. Procrastinators don’t have systems.

They don’t plan, try out different approaches or find out what works best for them. And because of that, they have a hard time completing tasks and getting things done.

Solution: Find your most productive time of the day.

For most people it’s the early morning, but you’ll need to give it a try to know for sure. Then organize your days around that time and do the most important and difficult work only during these hours.

Also, try working in 60- or 90-minute intervals. Be absolutely focused during them and don’t let anything distract you, then take a 15-minute break.

Do that 2 or 3 times and you’ll be more productive than others who spend the whole day trying to do as much as they can.

6. Procrastinators usually don’t finish what they start.

You’ve finally found the motivation to start, and made some progress. But what’s the point if you postpone completing it?

That’s another bad habit you’ll need to work on, as it gets you nowhere.

Here are 10 good tips on how not to do that.

7. Procrastinators don’t prioritize.

One of the best productivity habits you can acquire is to eliminate the unessential, and focus on what’s important.

Most people don’t do it. They just write down tens of tasks to do each day, and in the evening can’t really say they’ve achieved anything.
It’s crucial to know what your most important tasks are – the ones you need to do today which will help you improve and get closer to your goals.

That’s why it’s worth taking some time to figure out which they are.

8. Procrastinators have too many things on their mind, and on their to-do list.

The average unproductive person has many unnecessary things on his to-do list, and thinks about them all the time.

They become a burden he carries with him wherever he goes. And that affects his performance as he can’t really forget about them while concentrating on one activity.

So eliminate all these.

They are what you think you need to get done, but which can actually be finished by other people, or which is not that urgent, or even tasks that don’t really need to be done.

Think about that. And rewrite your to-do list. Then let go (physically and mentally) of all the things you remove from it.

9. Procrastinators don’t plan out their days.

And that’s a big mistake.

If you don’t want to become one of them, then do this – before you go to bed each evening take a few minutes to write down all the tasks you have for tomorrow, and decide which is the best time to do each of them, and how long it should take you considering you’ll be focused.

Then, when you wake up tomorrow start working on the 1-3 most important ones.

10. Procrastinators often forget.

Put something off for later a few times, and there’s a great chance you’ll forget about it.

It’s better to write everything down the moment it pops up and to have a place for everything. Little habits like that can make a big difference.

So these are some of the traits and habits unproductive people have in common. And there’s something you can do about each of them that will help you achieve more and feel good at the end of the day.

Which of these do you find familiar? And do you consider yourself a procrastinator?

See also:

Why we don’t get things done?
Stop procrastinating by using the ‘2-minute rule’
Procrastination is a mindfulness problem
Beating the fears that cause it

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5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home

A smart home was something we could only see in sci-fi movies just a few years ago. Today, smart technology is becoming more available in terms of prices and offers. Therefore, it’s not so surprising that many homeowners are choosing to introduce technology into their homes and make their lives more convenient, safe, cost-efficient and fun.

In fact, a recent report predicted that a global smart home platform revenue will increase from $4.2 billion (2017) to $39.5 billion (2026).

There is no doubt that the concept of a smart home will revolutionize our interaction with our interior, and impact various other aspects, such as the potential resale value of our properties. Knowing all this, it seems wise to start thinking about the ways to incorporate new technology into your home, today. Here are our top five.

Be smart – save energy

If there are two trends that have marked the previous year when it comes to home design, those are energy-efficiency and new technologies.

So, why not combine them and make smart technology work for you and help you save money on your electricity and heating bills? Your first step towards doing that is installing smart lighting. This change will enable you to remotely manage all the light bulbs in your home by using an app, so you won’t have to wonder whether you left your lights on ever again. The best way to use this technology is to pair it with LED bulbs and thus maximize your savings.

Another popular upgrade that helps you save money and automate your home is a smart thermostat. This device connects to your home Wi-Fi and allows you to set the desired temperature no matter where you are. Some models can even remember your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly.

An important safety upgrade

The times we are living in may be new and exciting, but they are still dangerous. That’s why you should do everything you can to make sure that your household is protected both from the unwanted guest as well as various hazards.

Smart home security takes care of that by offering state-of-the-art locks, high-resolution cameras, smoke detectors and motion-triggered alarms. Compared to the traditional security systems, smart security systems will not only alert everybody with a loud alarm but can also send an alert to your phone in case of emergency.

Comfort and convenience with smart furniture

Smart furniture is not being discussed enough, and we’re here to change that. It is set to completely change the way we live our lives.

Let’s start with a smart table or side table. These pieces can feature LED lights, Bluetooth speakers and wireless phone chargers.

The innovative smart sofas offer similar perks but with more coziness. Besides LED lights and speakers, they provide you with a convenient place to charge your phone, allowing you to have everything you need at your fingertips.

Other innovative pieces include color-changing wardrobes and TVs that can be “masked” into artwork, when turned off.

Make everything work together – smart hubs

You might find it difficult to control all your smart gadgets individually. A smart hub allows you to create a centralized system where all your devices are connected to the cloud, and you don’t need more than one app to manage all of them.

Additionally, smart hubs enable you to automate your devices. For example, this would mean that as soon as you unlock the door (using a smart lock, of course), the light in your entryway will be turned on and the thermostat will set the optimal temperature.

The only problem with smart hubs is that this new technology is still in its infancy, and there are too many manufacturers who do not collaborate. This makes pairing up devices from different manufacturers into one hub impossible. Until that changes, to avoid any problems, you should buy the products from the same brand.

A helping hand voice

If you are among those people who remember the Halloween special episode of the Simpsons on the mention of a smart home assistant, don’t be afraid. The assistants of the real world are nothing like Ultrahouse 3000 voiced by Pierce Brosnan. In fact, this technology can make your life a lot easier by helping you make the home automation run smoothly.

Just like Cortana and Siri are improving the smartphone user experience, smart home assistants will make your life easier.

They can be set to react to voice commands, which allows you to control various smart home features without having to use any app. Also, if you have a camera above your entrance and a smart lock, your assistant can unlock the door when they recognize your face.

It’s an exciting time to be alive, and we are sure that there are plenty other surprising smart home innovations on the horizon. Until then, try out these five, and see for yourself how they can change your life.

About The Author

Emma is a writer and a home décor enthusiast. She believes that good design can be found at the intersection between beautiful and functional. Her inspiration comes from traveling and exposing herself to new experiences.

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