Have you ever found yourself avoiding that dreaded but highly important task by doing a million and one other things? If you have, then you’ll be aware of the pain and stress that goes hand in hand with procrastination.
If you think you’re the only one struggling with procrastination, think again. Check your friends’ social media pages. It was probably posted less than 5 minutes ago and like you, we’re sure they have more important things to be doing.
We’ve put together a few tips on how to avoid procrastination and tackle the task ahead hands on!
1. Think of the £9,000 you’re paying to study each year
If you’re at university then this one should set alarm bells ringing. You’ve just paid a huge sum of money to gain your education and you’re wasting precious time by watching YouTube videos and tagging friends in memes, if that’s not enough to fill you with guilt so you drag yourself to that 9 am lecture or begin your revision then we don’t know what is.
2. Fill your room/desk with motivational quotes
It might sound cheesy but it works! Whether you’re a student or an apprentice it’s always good to look at the bigger picture and understand why you’re doing it, what your goals are and how you’re going to get there. Here’s an example of one: ‘Don’t watch the clock, do what it does and keep going!’
3. Set goals
You’re at school, college, university or work to accomplish something and reach your goal. You want to pass, get a good job in a field you enjoy and have loads of money. But in order to get there, you need to take the rough with the smooth!
This is important for your health and well being. You should be aiming for at least 8 hours sleep and this will help massively with your concentration and memory levels. We all have that one friend who can go out all night and still turn up to work or class as fresh as a daisy. They’ll get all the answers right and you’ll be sat there feeling like death warmed up just wanting the world to swallow you up, know your limits. It’s okay to go out as long as it’s not afflicting your revision/work.
5. Block online distractions
There are particularly useful apps you can use that are FREE to block online distractions. StayFocused is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to decide how long you’re allowed to spend on each website which is considered as a distraction to you. For example, if you only want to spend 30 minutes on Facebook a day you’ll set the timer in StayFocused and once your time is up you’ll be blocked from the site.
What are your goals and dreams?
When trying to avoid procrastination you need to remember what you’re aiming to achieve. At the end of the day, it all comes down to how badly you really want what you’re aiming for and how determined you are to achieve it.