Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step to understand how to stop procrastination. This is probably one of the most common issues that we all deal with. I wish that enforcing how to stop procrastination was something that was taught in schoools! Procrastinating makes it harder to get
shit things done. Maybe you’re putting off a new diet/workout plan, finishing up your research paper, or making deadlines. These are simple tips that seem like common sense but are usually overlooked. They are my go-to on how to stop procrastination! I have found that they help me to be more productive and will help you as well.
5 Tips on How to Overcome Procrastination:
- A Handy To Do List – I find that To Do List’s just make life easier when they are put to use properly. Break down your work according to the significance of each task. Put down that you need to do that presentation due in a few days and skip out on movie night so you can get it done. If there’s a research paper you’ve been putting off, break down your To Do List by having simpler tasks. Start with finding sources, then work towards the outline, or work on just the introduction one day. Once you’re done, you’re going to feel good when you check off your task. Break it down so it’s easier to tackle! Stop by a local Marshalls (or any store) and pick up a To Do List stationary.
- Planners are your best friends – When you have so many deadlines to meet, it becomes overwhelming. Planners can ease your stress by giving you a visual of a time frame. This way you have a better idea of what you need to get done sooner. It has also been proven that when you write down a deadline for something, you are more likely to get it done. Maybe you’ve been putting off starting a new workout plan because you feel like you haven’t had any time. Set a date – today, tomorrow, next week, whatever seems best for you – and write down “Start Workout”. This way you know you have a deadline to meet.
- Take a time out from “Devil’s Advocates” – This is specifically meant for distractions: your phone, Instagram, Youtube, a new episode of New Girl, using food to stall time, I mean anything. Having these around you when you want to be productive will more than likely just slow you down because you’ll be tempted to “take a 5 minute break” (which turns into an hour before you know it). If I want to complete a task – a powerpoint presentation for work – I most likely won’t have my phone around because it will slow me down. If you have trouble separating from your phone, start with a shorter time frame for a smaller task and work your way up. You can reunite with your distraction after you’ve completed your task.
- Tell a friend your plans – This is a fun one! Tell someone – a friend or sibling – what you have to get done and your plans of when to get it done. It’s easy to fall back on work when only you’re aware of it. When you tell a friend, it pushes you to get it done. You’re inclined to make a commitment to yourself and that person because now you have someone else monitoring your progress also.
- Positive Reinforcement – Your brain is an interesting part of your body in the sense that you can train it to behave how you it want it to. In other words, if you positively reinforce good habits, like being productive, it’s going to become second nature to you. After you’ve completed your work, treat yourself to a yummy snack, a movie night with your friends, or take out a day to just relax. This will make you feel good about getting your work done, encouraging you to be productive. Procrastinating will just make you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and anxious. It will just s l o w you down. Find something that motivates you to get things done and then do positive reinforcement after.
I hope you find these tips helpful! Take Care!
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