Is procrastination always bad?

Well, I’m not here to support the rhetoric that procrastination works for those who work better under pressure. Truth is: if you’re really serious about your job, then you probably know there’s nothing as good as working at a steady pace.

Say you’re a software developer, delaying a coding task until the eleventh hour would make you more prone to making errors and, consequently, likelier to introduce bugs to your code. In other words, it’s usually difficult to certify the quality of work that’s done under ‘last-minute’ pressure. So, to answer the question: yeah, procrastination is bad – evil, in fact.

Unfortunately, many of us are embraced by the warm arms of procrastination, more often than not. To overcome it, we must first realize our reasons for always putting off work.

If your tendency to procrastinate is caused by psychological factors, such as a feeling of perfectionism and rebellion to a strict parenting style, then battling it will require a change in orientation. Otherwise, you’ll want to try out things that force you into maintaining a good work ethic… and that’s how technology comes in handy.

This article will show you some 4 applications to help in the battle against procrastination (each provides unique solutions to the problem).

1. Newton:

In 2005, a research conducted at the University of London found that the IQ of those who tried to juggle messages and work fell by 10 points. The CNN report that brought this study to the fore was titled: “E-mails ‘hurt IQ more than pot’ ” – proving how detrimental attending to emails can be to productivity.

The above is probably a no-brainer if you’ve noticed how easily you get engrossed in reading and responding to emails while performing crucial tasks.

Fortunately, Newton helps to reduce this distraction. Although a productivity-focused email app, its ‘Send Later’ and ‘Snooze’ features are mostly useful when trying to avoid the cons of suspending work in favor of emails.

As its name implies, the Send Later feature helps to schedule the sending of emails. Using this, you can map out specific periods of time to send emails in order to not worry about doing so when performing important tasks.

If your problem is the fear of forgetting to attend to emails, then the snooze feature will help you “snooze” such emails for later, so you don’t miss them.

Both features prevent procrastination because they can save you from worrying too much about emails and consequently, may prevent the temptation of having to regularly check your inbox.

2. OnTheClock

In 2012, a study revealed that the average worker wastes 2.09 hours each day on non-job-related activities. CNBC also estimated that since the average salaried employee makes $39,795, procrastination costs employers $10,396 per year and per employee.

Now, the crucial question is: how do you prevent procrastination from ruining your business? A good answer is time tracking.

As an online time clock, OnTheClock provides a time tracker that can reduce procrastination in an organization. This is because employees are likely to be up and doing knowing their time while on the job is being tracked. In fact, science proves that the ‘illusion’ of being watched can make people better behaved.

Some of the major features of OnTheClock include: GPS Employee Punch Location Tracking, Easy Time Card Adjustments, Employee Shift Scheduling and various features that ensure consistency and integrity. It’s a perfect fit for this list as it happens to focus on organizational productivity and packs so many features in one piece.

3. Cold Turkey:

If you’re always tempted to check your social media accounts while working, then you’re not alone.

Salary.com conducted a survey of more than 3,200 people, and 64% claimed to visit websites unrelated to their work. 37% of these people attested to having LinkedIn as their top destination after Facebook, which 41% claimed to visit the most.

If you consider yourself as lacking discipline to fight distractions posed by social media platforms, random sites, or even certain applications, then you probably need Cold Turkey to help you out.

The aim of Cold Turkey is simply to block distractions that glare at you on the web, on your phone or PC.

It also helps to keep track of progress, show motivational messages to keep you going and schedule blocks. It’s therefore a right choice for the chronic procrastinator who doesn’t have discipline as her strong suit.

4. Quality Time:

In his book, “The Effective Executive”, Peter Drucker presented some actionable tips to boost effectiveness at work, one of which is “Know Thy Time”.

The idea of knowing your time is quite simple in this context: to fight procrastination, you should be committed to discovering the activities that eat up your time.

For this purpose, Quality Time proves to be one of the best apps out there, considering that many of us are addicted to our smartphones and mobile tech impairs cognitive control.

Quality Time is basically an app that quantifies mobile app usage. Some of its major features include custom alerts for managing app usage and custom screen look.

Using these, you’ll be convinced about what you spend time doing on your phone and take steps towards avoiding activities that make you procrastinate.

Conclusion

Procrastination is the killer of time which you must get rid of in order to stay on top of your job. Since software abound to help fight against it, this article provided readers with 4 apps (with good reviews) that can be of help. Try them out.