Procrastination has been my problem since I entered college. We all experienced this and we all familiar with the feeling. Staring at your computer screen with so many thoughts going in your mind while asking for some miracle to finish off your assignment due in 30 minutes. Then, there’s an urge to make a cup of coffee first for some ‘motivation’ and before you know it, a cup of coffee has turned into a Netflix marathon while you missed your deadline.
I’ve learned several ways to deal with procrastination and how to avoid it. I’m going to share the techniques I did and continuously do whenever I feel to procrastinate. Hope that these tips will help you as well!
- 𝙒𝙃𝙔 𝘿𝙊 𝙔𝙊𝙐 𝙋𝙍𝙊𝘾𝙍𝘼𝙎𝙏𝙄𝙉𝘼𝙏𝙀?
Write down and identify the factors why you procrastinate. It is essential to identify these underlying reasons so that you will know which things are keeping you distracted from doing what you are supposed to do. May it be it’s your phone, fear of failing, or because of your messy or chaotic environment.
2. 𝙎𝙀𝙏 𝘼 𝙏𝙄𝙈𝙀 𝙇𝙄𝙈𝙄𝙏
Give yourself time a limit. By doing so, you won’t get trapped in the cycle of “Later, I’ll do it. I will just rest for a bit,” or “I won’t cram because I have so many time left.” The truth is, you will cram later on. It’s important to set a specific time, date or schedule for when you want your goals to be accomplished. Plan you time efficiently. If you have an assignment due in one week, aim to complete or pass it two or three days in advance so that your must-do tasks will be lesser. That way, if something unexpected happens, you still have an extra time to do it.
3. 𝙎𝙋𝙇𝙄𝙏 𝙏𝘼𝙎𝙆𝙎 𝙄𝙉𝙏𝙊 𝙎𝙈𝘼𝙇𝙇𝙀𝙍 𝙏𝘼𝙎𝙆𝙎
Splitting big tasks into smaller tasks helped me a lot. I split large and difficult tasks into smaller and more manageable ones every time I feel overwhelmed and not quite sure about how I’m going to start a project. Once you do this, it’s over! It is best to complete your most challenging tasks first. That way everything after it seems easier and takes a shorter amount of time.
4. 𝙂𝙀𝙏 𝙍𝙄𝘿 𝙊𝙁 𝘿𝙄𝙎𝙏𝙍𝘼𝘾𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉𝙎
Before doing your tasks, it is important to get rid of all potential distractions so that you don’t get sidetracked halfway through your task. It you tend to spend too much time on your phone unconsciously, then shut off your phone. In my case, I did shut off my phone but eventually opened it to ‘give myself some rest’, so I installed an anti-distraction mobile application which locks my phone within specific time. If the distraction is external source or messy environment, go to places where you can clear your mind and do your task distraction-free.
5. 𝙍𝙀𝙒𝘼𝙍𝘿 𝙔𝙊𝙐𝙍𝙎𝙀𝙇𝙁
Everyone loves being rewarded. It’s important to give yourself a reward, no matter how big or small for a doing a great job. It could be as simple as, “If I finish this assignment today, I’ll give myself an hour to check my social media accounts,” or “If I will receive a 100% on my online exam, I’ll buy myself a dress.” It’s good to reward yourself sometimes because it will drive motivation to achieve your goals no matter what. It is also easier to work on something if something you like is at stake.
These are the simple ways I find effective in dealing with procrastination. If you find my ways or discover some techniques suitable for you to eliminate procrastination, you will create a new habit of getting things done in a timely fashion. At the end, you will be happy, productive and far less stressed. GET STARTED RIGHT NOW!Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in