Create lists to get more done and avoid procrastination

It can be hard being a young professional – there’s lots to achieve in such a short amount of time. There’s a few simple ways that you can achieve more of what you want to do in less time. Three of the biggest problems are:

  1. Procrastination
  2. Distraction
  3. Inefficiency

The best way to avoid procrastinating is to write down your goals on a notepad and set yourself deadlines.

If you’re one of the millions of people worldwide who rely on smartphones to keep tasks and notes, you might find yourself not being able to keep to your tasks and get stuff done.

One of the easiest ways to avoid procrastinating is to stop ‘thinking’ about what you want to do and instead get a notebook to write down your goals and the things you want to achieve.

Getting stuff done is one of the best ways to get noticed and may help you with your performance reviews and get ahead at work. Writing it down will help you get more stuff done, quicker!

Writing things down on paper is one of the best secrets to getting things done – it manifests in your mind and you are more likely to do the things you want to do.

Don’t wait until tomorrow morning, start now – try these techniques:

  1. Get a shiny new notebook and pen
  2. Write down all the things you want to do
  3. Break your goals down into smaller, manageable tasks
  4. Next, prioritise these things by what is most important – what tasks and activities will help you achieve your long-term goals
  5. If there’s something that won’t help you achieve what you want to achieve, remove it from your list
  6. Keep your notebook with you at all times – on your bedside table, in your totebag and at your desk in the office – the more you see and use your notepad, the more you will avoid procrastinating because your goals will be front-of-mind at all times
  7. Be creative, don’t just write lists but also draw what you’re trying to achieve


If you’re struggling to find the motivation to create lists or planners, try being creative. You’ll find that using colour and decoration can make creating a task-list fun and enjoyable.

Do you use lists or do you have other ways of avoiding procrastination – let us know below!