Instead of getting tangled up in your Facebook feed first thing in the morning and procrastinating over trivial things, get on with the important jobs straight away. If you can cross the first (and most important) task off your list by midday, the day will already be worthwhile. The most important thing for feeling genuinely productive is the “have-done” list. Write down everything you have achieved during the day in this column. Jobs that take less than two minutes shouldn’t appear on either list by the way: they should just be completed straight away. By the end of the week, your have-done list will give you a realistic summary of everything you had to get completed, and will enable you to identify time sinks and find new ways of dealing with them, or to justify the amount of work you have to your supervisor. Over time you will also learn the best ways of distributing your various tasks throughout the week in order to complete them as efficiently as possible. The best thing, of course, is that you can go home for the weekend knowing that you have finished everything. Try it for yourself next week. All you need is a pen and paper and about 15 minutes to concentrate on the planning. You will also be rewarded with a feeling of pride and satisfaction when you see all the other things you manage to get done as well. And that feels better than procrastinating.