Today’s Solutions: May 19, 2022

There are many ways to beat procrastination, but the easiest way to get things done is to make a to-do list that works with your natural tendencies. Don’t know where to start? Here are 5 ideas to consider.

Cut the to-do list down

For starters, figure out what to eliminate or automate. If you’re the kind of procrastinator who can’t seem to complete your to-do list, because there are simply too many items, you might want to figure out what you can eliminate. For those time-consuming tasks that are necessary (but don’t bring you a lot of returns), you might want to see if there are solutions and systems in place that will do it for you.

Be specific

Next, make sure that your tasks are broken down into specific parts. Sometimes it seems daunting to start a project because of its scale, which is why it’s important to break tasks down into small chunks. There are instances when the answer is to take a break and come back to it. But when you have deadlines to meet and that’s not an option, you can try moving to another part of those tasks. 

A project at a time

Another effective way of tackling procrastination is to ditch the day-specific to-do list. Instead, create a list with tasks that are only related to one singular project. This will help you use scraps of time effectively.

One each day

Sometimes, the best way of tackling procrastination is to focus on one important task for the day. By putting one important task on your calendar, you might find that you attend to the other tasks that aren’t on your list. However, you will probably enjoy them more because you won’t see it as an obligation, but an added bonus. You can also do them at a leisurely pace, easing the pressure of finishing something by a certain time.

Low-energy lists

The last idea you should consider doing is creating a procrastination “low-energy” list. You won’t always have the energy required to tackle big tasks, which is why you should keep a list of things you need to do that are relatively quick and painless to do. That way, you can get them out of the way while saving your energy for more important tasks.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

“Blue Corridors”: using science and animal instinct to save fish populations

We’ve all marveled at the intrepid salmon swimming against the current, up waterfalls, and avoiding predators to return to its native spawning grounds, or at least we’ve all seen it on a nature show. This ... Read More

The Local Infrastructure Hub: helping US cities get infrastructure funding

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill was signed into law six months ago and has the potential to transform the United States in essential ways that address climate change and wealth inequality. Before that happens, though, states ... Read More

New desalination system uses Teflon-like membrane to make seawater potable

Clean drinking water is already in short supply in many places around the world, but the situation is only expected to get worse with climate change. Figuring out ways to desalinate brackish water or seawater ... Read More

How scientists are bringing human eye cells back from the dead

Scientists from Switzerland and the US were able to achieve something miraculous—some might even say Biblical: bringing dead human cells back to life! The team published a study that opens by defining death as the ... Read More

Turns out the job market isn’t all doom and gloom after all

Life is a surprising adventure, experiencing ups and downs when we least expect it, so, of course, just as we come out of a global pandemic there looms the possibility of an economic recession. Amid ... Read More

MIT system uses machine-learning to reduce traffic and car emissions

As if idling in a line of cars at a red light forever wasn’t bothersome enough, vehicles emit greenhouse gasses while they’re stopped in traffic. Not only that, exposure to excess vehicle emissions while idling ... Read More