Picture the scene: It’s 9 a.m. on a weekday. You sit down in front of your computer – because, as a good and conscientious professional, you certainly wouldn’t start your working day late – and take a look at your to-do list for the day. Let’s see… a couple of invoices to send out, a non-disclosure agreement to fill in for a new client, and a moderately sized, somewhat dry press release to be translated by tomorrow.
Well… it can wait, right? Let’s start the day by reading the headlines. Oh, and you should check in and see what everyone’s doing on social media. That’s an interesting-looking link somebody shared last night, I wonder where it leads to?
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Fast forward to lunchtime and you’ve still got nothing done. What’s more, a few more emails containing translation requests have landed in your inbox. Suddenly, your existing deadline is starting to feel a bit like a time bomb. You’ve fallen victim to procrastination.
Don’t let it get to this point. Be mindful of the time you’re spending, both on work and on play. Take breaks, by all means, but don’t let yourself do something fun until you’ve done a piece of work. Finished your paperwork? Allow yourself to read one news article as a reward. First draft of the press release finished? Okay, now you can stop for a coffee. Always get the job done first, then indulge yourself.