The Most Important Time Management Question

- Thursday, June 07, 2018


Content courtesy of Craig Jarrow from The Time Management Ninja

You find yourself wasting time.

Maybe you have spent the last hour chatting it up with your co-workers. Or you have been surfing the Internet, reading news, or social media.

The minutes, and then hours, have ticked by… and by.

When this happens, how do you get back on track? How do you snap out of your procrastination streak?

There is one simple time management question you need to ask yourself to bring you back-to-task.


The Question to Break Your Procrastination


When you are off track, the question you need to ask yourself is…

What should I be doing right now?

This simple question will stop your procrastination in its tracks. Thoughts of your priorities, undone tasks, and important items you are not currently doing… will immediately come flooding back.

"If you are procrastinating, stop and ask “What should I be doing now?"

You may feel like you are calling yourself out like a child. However, it is a powerful question that can get you back on track with your work.

Here are a few productivity tips to keep in mind:

  • Stop and Ask – The most important step is to stop the procrastination. Whether surfing Facebook or watching YouTube, you need to stop and ask yourself what you should be doing at that moment.
  • Look at Your To-do List – If you don’t immediately know what your most important task is, it’s time to look at your list. You can then better judge what is your top priority.
  • Remove Yourself from the Procrastination – When it comes to beating procrastination, stopping the action can be a good first step. However, make sure you remove yourself from the source of distraction. If you are chatting it up in the break room at work, leave. If you are playing on your phone, put it down or turn it off.
  • Take the First Step Towards Productivity – Getting started on what you should be doing can be difficult. Yet, taking one small step towards starting that important task can lead to the momentum you need. Whether it is going to the location needed to perform the task or simply gathering the materials required, these simple actions can help you get started.

Should vs. Could Be Doing

The question is what should you be doing.
Not could. Or would be doing.

Because you could be doing anything right now.

To beat your procrastination, always ask, “What should I be doing?”

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