We’ve all been there at some point in our lives: you should be writing that pitch or that press release that’s due before lunch, but instead you’re wasting your time on BuzzFeed trying to figure out if your personality matches that of a grilled cheese or a taco. The field of public relations is full of deadlines, and as exciting as it is to find out what food matches your personality, it’s even more important to stop wasting your time and start being productive.
Whether you’re a chronic procrastinator or an occasional procrastinator, here are a few tips to help you be the best publicist and stop putting off all that important work:
- Put Your Phone Away
This is the most obvious tip, yet also the hardest to actually practice. Turn your phone on silent and keep it in your purse or your bag under your desk. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Write A Detailed Timeline
And by detailed, I mean write specific dates and times next to all of your tasks. This way you have a visual of what you need to do and when you need it have it done by.
- Save The Easiest Task for Last
It’s best to get the hardest tasks done first when you have the energy and the willpower. This method of task completion will give you the best chance to succeed.
- Time yourself
Set a timer for ten to twenty minutes and challenge yourself to get a specific task done within that time frame. It may take a little longer than the timer, but you’re forcing yourself to become engrossed in that specific task and will find it easier to complete.
- Just Do It
Sometimes perfectionists are the worst procrastinators in that they are constantly waiting for the perfect time to do something. It will never be the perfect time, so just write that press release and make things happen.
Remember, procrastination happens to the best of us so don’t be afraid to follow these tips!
Have a happy Tuesday!
Written By: Emily Johnston