Beating Procrastination With Accountability

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When it comes to productivity and reaching your goals we are all fabulous at getting right to work every day, never getting distracted, and………. Oh look! Something is happening on Facebook, and I’ve just realised I have one episode of my favourite show on Netflix left. Yes, many of fall foul of the Instant Gratification Monkey. Accountability is one of the best ways to lessen your likelihood of procrastination, to get things done and to achieve your goals.

What is Procrastination

If you want to know more about the Instant Gratification Monkey and procrastination in general, this truly excellent Ted Talk from Tim Urban will make you laugh as well as explain much!

When it comes down to it, most of us have the potential to procrastinate. Some of us excel at it. Procrastination isn’t always necessarily a failure. Some consider it simply a different way of working, and one that is often favoured by creative minds. Whether you see procrastination as a quirk or a pain in the behind, you do sometimes need to overcome it or push past it if you want to get work done on time.

What is Accountability

Accountability is having someone or something (there are apps) that keeps you on track, that gives you a nudge and which prods you when you start to wander off the prescribed task.


Find an Accountability Partner

An Accountability Partner is someone who will check in on you regularly to see how you are getting on. You may also be their accountability partner. It may be someone who you know in “real life” or someone online, perhaps someone from a social media group or similar that you belong to. A Facebook group I belong to, The Freelance Lifestylers, can be a great place to find some accountability when procrastination is taking over and I have deadlines.

Join a Coworking Group

I run a local coworking group which enables a number of freelancers and otherwise self-employed individuals to move away from their office desks and come together to work alongside each other. We work independently but often try and keep each other accountable. A simple “I will get X done by the end of the session” with the knowledge that someone will ask whether it was done can be enough to get it done!

Use An App

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Set a timer or use an app. The Pomodoro Technique has an element of accountability as it pushes you to work for the agreed upon 25 mins until it says you can have a break and for how long. There are a number of fabulous accountability apps on the market right now.

Put It Out There

State your intentions to the world. Tell a colleague that you are going to do X, Y and Z by this time and know that they will know if you haven’t. Post it on social media, tell your partner, tell your dog. Whatever works. Sometimes by saying out loud to the universe that you will do something can be one of the best accountability tools of all.

In Summary

We would all like to spend our time looking on our favourite office furniture UK site (because a new desk will match up brilliantly with all the desk porn you found on Pinterest instead of finishing that piece of work) or catching up on massively important work such as sock matching. We all also want to meet our goal, enjoy guilt-free leisure time and get paid. Accountability, having someone or something to keep you on track and make you responsible for something can be an excellent way to combat procrastination and help you move forward.

What are your top tips for beating procrastination?

Common Computer Issues and Solutions

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I would be lost if my laptop had computer issues as I rely on it for so much. I work on it, I play on it, I shop and bank on it. That is why understanding common computer issues and solutions is a must. Laptop or PC downtime in my house is not an option.

The blue screen of doom strikes fear into my heart, however, more often than not this, and other common computer problems I (and you) might face can be fairly easily sorted which is essential for those of us running businesses.

Now and again we will all encounter small hiccups and issues such as slow wifi and blank screens. Here are some of the most common computer problems you might face and how to solve them.

Common Computer Issues

The Computer Won’t Start


Sometimes you will be happily in the middle of a video of a cat or you will be writing up some work and the computer will suddenly switch itself off with no warning. This can be a huge annoyance and it can run the risk of you losing all of the work you have just done. The most common explanation for this happening is that the power supply you have in has an issue. Make sure you check that the computer is plugged into the power properly and test the power lead on a different device to determine the cause of the issue.

Blank Screen

If you are trying to turn on your computer in the morning and you notice that the screen remains blank, this is most likely due to the cable not being plugged into the screen properly. A lot of the time a simple wiggle of a cable will set you on your way and you will be back online in no time at all. If this doesn’t work it could be a sign that the internal wires of the machine need to be tinkered with and you will need to call a professional.

Operating System Acting Up

If something seems odd or seems to be glitching with the computer it could be a sign of a virus. Turn off the computer and turn it back on, then run a virus scan to check for issues. If there is a virus on the machine you might need to call a professional to get rid of it.

Windows Won’t Load Up

If Windows doesn’t want to load up at all, you will need to turn off your computer and try again. If it still isn’t working, you will likely need to run a reinstall of the program and start all over again. If you don’t have a download disk for windows you should be able to do it through the App Store. If you aren’t confident, get an expert to have a look first before reinstalling.

Frozen Screen

Sometimes you will be happily in the middle of a browse on the internet and suddenly your mouse becomes unresponsive and the screen will freeze. The main annoyance with this is running the risk of losing your progress work-wise and it can be a pain. You can solve this issue most of the time by restarting your machine, or as Daddy Pig would say “Try switching it off and on again”. Most of the time freezing is caused by issues with the RAM or spyware being present on your machine. Make sure to check for all of this once the computer is up and running again.

Slow Computer


If you start to notice one day that your computer is working slower than usual, this is often a sign that your storage is getting low and you need to clean out some of your old files. When your computer comes clogged up with lots of files it can cause the computer to struggle running its programs and therefore your computer will be slower on the whole. Spend some time clearing out things you no longer need and this will largely solve the issue for you. Make sure you have antivirus installed to keep the computer safe and you should see an improvement in the device.

Annoying Noises

If your computer starts to wurr one day (a technical term) and it becomes very loud while you are trying to work, this is usually due to the fan inside the machine being clogged up with dust or it being about to die completely. The fan inside your computer usually stops everything from overheating and from burning your skin. However, when it begins to make noises you need to either clean it out or get it replaced. No one wants a hot laptop or computer at their desk.

Slow Internet

 

There will always be times that the internet in your house is slower than usual, and there is often a simple explanation for it all. If you have a family and you all have your own devices, you are all trying to access the WiFi at the same time and this can slow down everyone’s devices. You could also have too much cache built up on the computer which needs to be cleared. Clear cache and cookies to free up space on the browser and this should make your internet move quickly.

In Summary

If you educate yourself about common computer issues and their solutions you will save yourself time, increase productivity and potentially save yourself money on repair bills.

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