GBP The Great British Procrasti-nation | Page 14

CONCLUSION Britain has emerged as a ‘procrasti-nation’. Our research shows that procrastination is widespread and has a significant impact on both a personal and economic level. Time spent with friends and family, managing our finances or helping others is instead frittered away doing things we don’t really care about. The economic impact is hard to conceal. The staggering figure of a £76 billion cost of procrastination to British business dwarfs the £23 billion3 cost of sick leave and £21billion4 cost of cybercrime. To help you banish your procrastination demons and #MakeTodayPay, we’ve listed our top 10 tips to stop procrastinating. There is so much you can achieve with the time at your fingertips so put down your cup of tea, drop your grooming gear, logout of social media and read on. The best bit? It’s time that you won’t even miss. TOPPEOPLE STOP PROCRASTINATING 10 TIPS TO HELP OUR EXPERT’S ADVICE TO #MAKETODAYPAY 6 Remove distractions: You might be someone who needs to sit in a dark room to avoid distractions. Why not start by turning off the TV, Facebook etc. and truly focusing. 2 For each task ask yourself: Should I do it, delegate it or dump it? And then act accordingly. 7 Acknowledge your inner demons and notice when you’re about to procrastinate (“ I’ll work on this later instead ”). Just push yourself to spend a few more minutes on the task – you’ll find it’s easier to complete once you’ve started. 3 Take small steps: Break down tasks making the HX[