How to stop procrastination in the workplace

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Are you worried that your project deadline is approaching ?

This is evident for everyone, that instead of working, almost all peeps a look onto the social media platforms, surfing blogs, wasting time on unnecessary activities. We know that there is a lot of work to do, but we don’t feel like doing. It’s a common phenomenon.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks aside. We should be doing them till it’s too late. And, ultimately when we realize that its too late, we suddenly wake up and chase to finish out the task given to us fast. In this way, we forget to add the touch of perfection and completes the project with many flaws,

Let’s’ discuss the factors responsible for procrastination

Procrastination Factors

1. Identify what triggers you to procrastinate

Whenever you make up your mind, this time I’ll focus, at that very moment. You find yourself saying things like ” let’s work after 10 mins”. In this way, we delay our work by getting trapped in the procrastination puzzle.

Hence, it’s necessary to understand the underlying factors that drive you to procrastinate.

The reasons can be boring , frustrating, difficult and not rewarding.

2. Be determined 

When you say that you ll start the work after 10 minutes, be determined enough to start it after 10 minutes. Don’t delay so that you can finish your work at the earliest.

Try to foresee the future catastrophe that can happen if you waste your time and delay your work. This will motivate you to stay alert and work at the earliest.

3. Split your overall task into parts 

Fragment your holistic task into sections to simplify your work. This will disperse your workload to accomplish sooner. 

For instance, if your manager has given you the task of writing an article, then split it into 5 segments. 

  • Research
  • Set up a topic
  • Create an outline
  • Write a draft
  • Review
  • Publish

In this way, you can manage your overall task more efficiently. 

4. Set a clear deadline for tasks

A complex task takes time to finish. Hence, allocate your time to finish chunks of the project at a specific time interval.

That way, instead of thinking, “This is going to take me at least two hours” — which makes the task feel scary and intimidating and only encourages you to keep putting it off — you’ll know that you only have to work on it for the allotted time.

But doing it over 3 x 45-minute sessions is better than a stressed and panicked last-minute rush.

5. Zoom out the big picture

Focus on your ultimate goals. Remember to achieve your goal only when you are disciplined and follow time. 

“Time waits for none”. Hene, value time and don’t waste time on unnecessary activities.

So when you’ve procrastinated, try to draw a line under it and move on. Procrastination can make you feel really bad and guilty.

6. Track your work progress

Track your work output by checking and analyzing productivity metrics. 

WorkTrak’s idle & active time feature allows you to know your daily productivity output.

Track your work output by checking and analyzing productivity metrics. 


Procrastination is an important issue for all. Everyone faces but it doesn’t mean you can’t get rid of it. If you follow the above steps, you can definitely beat procrastination and can deliver productive results.

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