Sometimes we procrastinate without even realising it. We think that we are doing is productive but in reality, it is absolutely not.
The perfect example of this is when you spend half an hour writing and rewriting your to-do list in an effort to feel organised. But really you could have spent that half an hour doing the work on your list!
Most procrastinators do so in a way that makes them feel like it is okay. They procrastinate by doing something else productive like the to-do list in the previous example. I often procrastinate by working on this blog instead of uni!
The problem with this is that we tell ourselves that it will all get done eventually. But by the time we get round to it, we haven’t got the time or energy to give it 100%. So it gets done, but not as well as we might have hoped had we done it straight away!
Procrastinating can lead to so much stress if you leave things right to the last minute so we need to learn how to stop it! Although I have by no means cracked the code here are a few things I do to help me beat procrastination!
Recognise that you are procrastinating and why
The first step to sorting a problem is admitting it! Yes, this sounds like we are at some sort of AA meeting but seriously, without admitting that you procrastinate too much you are never going to beat procrastination.
Once you admit to yourself that what you are doing is procrastinating then it becomes much harder to think of excuses.
The next step is to figure out why you are procrastinating. Is it because you hate that module? Is it because you don’t know where to start? Whatever it is you need to recognise and understand it in order to beat it.
Put your phone away and focus!
One of the biggest ways I procrastinate is scrolling through Instagram and Facebook. The best thing you can do is set yourself a timer and decide to focus for however long. During this time you just do the work. No matter what. No picking up your phone or clicking over to Facebook on your laptop! I really struggle with this and know loads of people who do so here are a few apps and chrome extensions to help you – Forest App and Work Mode
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Do what you don’t like first
One of the major reasons we mentioned for procrastinating was not liking the work. This is definitely the biggest reason I procrastinate. If you don’t like or feel confident in something it becomes ten times harder to want to do the work.
The best way to beat procrastination and be productive for the rest of the day is to do what you don’t like first! This way you get it out of the way and have the rest of the day to do what you do like and look forward to.
To beat procrastination there is really one simple step. Start whatever it is you are avoiding.
I know this is easier said than done but honestly once you start you will realise that it isn’t that bad and you are much more likely to carry on. Even if you only work for 10 minutes it is 10 minutes further than you would be if you hadn’t started!
Procrastination is a hard thing to beat but if you try your hardest and follow these tips you will absolutely get there and smash all your productivity goals!