1. Make a To-Do List
One of the easiest ways to spend time dawdling is to make a list of all the things you need to do. Make it neat, make it pretty, make it as detailed as you possibly can. And in the meantime, you don’t actually have to start the task you want to avoid!
2. Organize your desk
If you like a neat desk for when you write, spend a bit of time cleaning off your desk, putting away all those pens, nail clippers, mail envelopes, etc. Decide you need to organize your pens by type (ballpoint, fineliners, and gel rollers) so that you know exactly where to reach when you want that special pen out of the 250 that you own.
3. Take a stretch/exercise break
Take a few moments and stretch yourself out – do a couple of yoga poses, if you like. After all, when you exercise, more blood pumps around your body, right? And it will improve your lung capacity, ensuring that oxygen will actually reach your brain. Experts recommend that you get at least 10 minutes of exercise each day, so don’t bother to sit back down until those 10 minutes are up.
4. Read a motivational article on how to stop procrastinating
Along the line, quite a few people have figured out how to cure humanity of the crisis that is procrastination (aka dawdling). These wonderful teachers and gurus have written their wisdom for you to read in your time of need, which is when you are avoiding doing that looming task, of course.
5. Get enough sleep
The doctors have said that we simply don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis. Our brains, when sleep deprived, are impaired and we are no longer able to make good judgments (such as when to stop using the third person). Go ahead, go to bed. Chances are you are reading this late at night, anyway. So stop your dawdling, go to bed, and you can pick up that task tomorrow!