So, are you? If you think that you are not, I have to disappoint you.
Let’s clarify. What is a slacker?
A slacker is someone who tends to get easily distracted, thus resulting in reduced work (or even personal) productivity. Have you ever done this? Did you ever switch on Facebook or Twitter or your favorite blog just because you were not in the mood to work? (When you want to slack, we do recommend coming here, probably better use of time than Facebook!)
As it turns out, an average American worker wastes 1.7 hours per day! Ok, this number is only a fraction of your 24 hour day, but it is proportionally big when compared to the 8 hours or so that you spend at work. Among most popular distractions, internet is not the only one. Socializing and being out-of-focus take up a lot of time as well. Have you ever found yourself staring into space while at work, only to be jolted by a colleague who wanted to warn you about the boss approaching? Sounds a bit like school, but it is actually very common, even in workplaces.
This might not come as a surprise to most of you, but the statistics also point out that younger people waste more time than their older counterparts (younger generation do lack focus, I will be the first to admit). The 1.95 hours that they spend ‘slacking’ are nearly 4 times the time that older generation waste in a day. Hats off to the older generation for their efficiency. Can you imagine slacking for only 30 minutes a day? Sends shivers down my spine!
So all said and done, there are a few tips that can help you to avoid slacking, and improve productivity:
Just Do It – Nike might sue me for saying this, but just do it! Sometimes over-thinking and over-complicating simple tasks is counterproductive to our initial intentions.
Work Under Pressure – Interestingly, most of the slackers work best when chasing deadlines. So if you are a repeated slacker, it would do you a world of good to align your tasks according to your deadlines. You will be more productive once you have your own (or given) deadlines.
Keep Reminding Yourself – that you have a task to complete. Put notes everywhere (Post-Its work). This will allow you to stay focused on your next goal, pushing you to work instead of slacking.
Skill Up – Sometimes, people slack because they don’t feel competent at handling a task. If this is you, then skill up. Try and upgrade your knowledge and skill base so you can feel more interested in the work at hand.
The Pomodoro Technique – As mentioned here, you could really maximize your productivity by using this technique, so check it out.
So, are you a slacker? Were these tips helpful? Can you add more?
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