How to beat procrastination

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Have you ever sat down to complete an important task and then all of a sudden all of sudden you find yourself concentrating more on other tasks than the important one…sigh. You’ll need to write that essay or start that PowerPoint presentation but instead you’re taking out the rubbish, checking out if they have a sale on ukuleles or reconnecting with that person you met on your travels 4 years ago. Or perhaps your cat needs to be fed, plants need to be watered, your ceiling fan needs dusting — or maybe even going out for lunch, ignoring the fact that it’s only 10.00am?

By the time you know it, the day has already passed and your important task remains unfinished.

Most people perceive procrastination as this strong mysterious force that prevents them from completing their most urgent tasks and duties in their everyday life; equally strong as when you try to bring like poles of a magnet together. Jokes aside, it could be a rather dangerous thing potentially causing victims to fail out of school, perform poorly at work etc.

To help save you from the claws of procrastination, we have come up with a list of things we believe help fight it.

Get Moving

A great way to get rid of procrastination is to change your current scenery. Instead of lying in bed all curled up or sitting in front of the TV or computer, get up and go out. Go for a walk in the park or even do some stretches at home. That would help you change your mindset from a stagnant state to an energised one.

Set Deadlines

You remember how you did that term paper in less than 6 hours, when you actually had a whole 3-4 weeks to do research and write it. There’s no greater motivator to getting things done than an approaching deadline. Hence, try setting yourself deadlines for the tasks you need to do and you actually might do them in time.

To Do List

Make a list as soon as you are done with your morning routine. It will help you keep track of what you need to do and what you want to achieve for that day. That way it would be harder for you to forget and get sidetracked.

No Social Media

Pretty obvious one as it is probably one of the biggest prerequisite for procrastination. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, everything. Disconnect yourself from the social media world in order to be able to focus at the task at hand. You can always check that ‘like’ later on.

Wake Up Early

Yeah, I know, I know. We all know how we actually get that spike of energy late at night and then in the morning, getting out of bed is the hardest thing we have ever had to do. However, the good part about early mornings is the quietness and stillness of it, which allows you to get so much more work done. As for going to bed early, you need to get that beauty sleep to recharge your whole body so you aren’t tired the next day.

Clean Up

Often we are overwhelmed by how big of a mess our lives are in and rather than actually doing anything about it, we just procrastinate, which most probably got us there in the first place. Imagine if you spent 15-20 minutes a day, clearing up and cleaning up some things, how much less of a mess your life would be?

Motivation Buddy

It’s always better when you have someone by your side. Nothing helps more achieve goals or tasks when you have the right support. Just get someone to be your pillar, like you mum, brother, friend or dog so when you feel like you are slipping back into procrastination, someone is there to pull you out.

Entertain Yourself

Let’s admit it some work and tasks can get pretty boring and dull, hence it is easier to procrastinate and put off doing them. In order to prevent that you need to keep yourself happy so change it up and entertain yourself. Go see a movie, grab a quick coffee with a friend etc. Getting away from our current duties is a great way to overcome procrastination as well as refuel your creative energy.

Take a Breather

Remember to give yourself a break as well once in a while; don’t beat up yourself for not being able to beat procrastination straight away, we are all human and we all know that most of us like to stew in our own uncompleted mess of work sometimes. The key is to know when to stop and work hard to get out of it.  By break we don’t mean this is the time to go grab the coffee with friends we mean take time out for 15 minutes, make a cup of tea and get going again.

Just Do It

So we all heard the excuses so far, now all its left to just get down to it. The sooner you get those annoying tasks out of your, the sooner you get to do the things you enjoy without that tiny voice in your head constantly reminding you how much work you have.