#1 Strategy for Beating Procrastination

Have you noticed how your most insightful and creative ideas that have nothing to do with your work only come to you when you are on a deadline? For example, in the middle of you working on your project, suddenly it dawns on you that you need to wash all the dishes in the sink or else you can't work on your project.  Or you glance at your home office and notice it’s too messy and it needs a vacuum right away.

When it comes to procrastination, I must say, I am the queen. Whenever I have something important to do I always find a million other things that seem somehow to be more urgent. Recently, I discovered this little trick that actually seems to work in beating procrastination and all you need is a stopwatch (use your phone or Google Timer).

Set the stopwatch for 15 minutes and do nothing but work. As soon as that annoying sound goes off, set the stopwatch again for 5 minutes and do anything that you want to do that doesn't involve doing the work that you actually suppose to be doing. As soon as the stopwatch goes off set it again, this time for 35 minutes of work and 10 minutes of doing whatever you want. Keep going and increase the time five minutes each time. Before you know it, you’ve actually completed your work! Simple!

Side note: I actually wrote this blog when I was on my 10 minutes of "do anything" time. Great ideas always come to mind when you have other things that are more urgent to do. I think it's important to be open to it and accept who you are instead of trying to change yourself. Just work with it and make it work for you.

If you decide to implement this strategy, I would love to hear how it worked for you.

What strategies have you tried that work at beating procrastination?

A few of my Favourite Apps

Great To-Do list creator
Easy-to-use picture editing app that allows you mark up your image, write on it, and share
Create fun short videos that loop back and forth and share with friends
Tip N’ Split
Calculate tips and split bills in 5 seconds.
Great team communication tool (real-time messaging and archiving)  
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The best GPS app I have found thus far.
Twilight App
Exposure to blue light before sleep may distort your natural (circadian) rhythm and cause inability to fall asleep.Twilight helps eliminate blue light on your mobile device
Think Dirty
Here is a great app that measures the amount of toxic ingredients in beauty products.
With a public library card you can thousands and thousands of eBooks and audiobooks for free
Love this web browser because it doesn’t collect or share any of your personal information

Must Have Google Apps  
All my brainstorming notes, blog ideas, work-related files are all stored in my Google Drive. This way I can access all my documents anytime and anywhere. I can't recall my life before Google Drive.

Is MSWord useful anymore?

As I logged into my Google Drive and opened my Google Docs, I noticed that Google users now have access to templates like resume, letter, report, and project proposal. This is amazing. Why would anyone ever want to use MSWord again? 

The best part of using my Google Docs or any Google Apps is that I can access it anytime and anywhere. I am never dependent on my computer's hard drive. All I ever need is an internet connection and any computer. 

Are you thinking of using Google Drive for work but not sure how to get started? Contact me and I'll help you become a Google Ninja. 

Creative Image Editing in Slide

Use the following trick to find images for your presentation that are free to use. In addition, learn to get creative with the images you import into your presentation.  

Neat tip for Google Sheets

Here is a step-by-step video that demonstrates how you can use the "Text Wrap" option in Google Sheets to better be able to read or analyse your data. 

What is your collaboration style?

As professionals, we often hear of the collaborative working environment. This got me thinking ... how often do we really engage in a collaborative work with our colleges. I think in many cases collaboration among educators and other professionals is still a work-in-progress. However, thanks to social media this is starting to shift. In my own experience, I have to say Twitter has taught me to be better at sharing and collaborating with others. 

So, what is your collaboration style?

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