IN HONOR OF FIGHT PROCRASTINATION DAY A Few Unusual Ways to Pummel Procrastination
Find new ways to make lists.
Maybe since you’ve started working from home, you’ve had a harder time staying focused on your work. Or, maybe you’re not working and you have a list of household
You’ve probably heard that making a list can help you conquer the tasks at hand, but the typical numbered, lettered, or bulleted lists don’t spark productivity for everyone. When you’re making a to-do-list, try grouping similar or related tasks together with an overall goal at the center. You can also use Venn diagrams and other spatial organization methods when creating to-do lists. Find out which ones are more motivational for you!
chores you’ve been putting off for weeks. Whatever the case, we’ve all struggled with procrastinating on the tasks we need to get done. So, in observance of Fight Procrastination Day on Sept. 6, here are a few unique ideas to help you stay focused.
Take care of small tasks first.
While some people might swear by the method of tackling larger tasks first, sometimes getting the smaller things out of the way first can help you move through your day more quickly. By taking care of the 10-minute chores, or by answering those two or three emails in your inbox first, you free up your mind to focus on the larger projects so you can tackle them more quickly as well. Procrastination doesn’t have to bog down your day. With just a few minor tweaks and changes to your daily routine, you can get more done than you ever thought possible.
Spend a short time outside.
If you do the majority of your work in front of a computer, stepping away might feel counterproductive. However, one 2009 study from the University of Michigan found that people who spent a short time in nature during a workday improved their focus by 20%. However, even if you don’t live near a forest or a park, just taking a short walk outside can leave you feeling refreshed and more productive.
Who says a loaded potato has to clog your arteries? In this healthy version that serves four, a sweet potato base is topped with fiber-rich bean salsa. INGREDIENTS EASY STUFFED SWEET POTATOES
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4 medium sweet potatoes
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1. With a fork, prick each sweet potato a few times. Microwave the potatoes on high 12–15 minutes, or until cooked through.
2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the beans, tomatoes, olive oil, cumin, coriander, and salt. When the potatoes are done, microwave the mixture on high for 2–3 minutes. 3. Cool potatoes slightly, then cut each potato open lengthwise. Pull the halves apart to create space to spoon the warm bean salsa inside. 4. Add a scoop of sour cream to each potato, garnish with cilantro, and serve!
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