Hi, my name is Kay and I am a procrastinator.
If you are a procrastinator feel free to join PA (Procrastinators Anonymous).
2018 has been a great opportunity to start anew and form better habits, so I have decided to stop procrastinating. That’s right, I’m leaving the elite club of procrastination for productivity. Here are a few tips I have come up with to help me stop procrastinating (and check out my video while you’re at it).
- Write down deadlines.
I usually procrastinate because I don’t realize how soon something is actually coming up. I think I have 2 weeks until something is due when actually it is two days! Lately, I have been bullet journaling and it is working wonders with helping me keep up with my school, work, and business schedule.
- Break up your tasks.
Have a 10-page paper? Break it up into intro, main point 1, main point 2, conclusion, and references. Then do each section over a course of a few days instead of the day before (except for the references, you should probably do that as you go along). Another example is, if you know you have an exam in two weeks over 7 chapters. That gives you 2 days to study for each chapter which is much better than cramming the night before (trust me).
- Have an accountability partner!
Someone who knows your schedule and shares similar goals with you and can make sure you do your work in a timely manner. It’s like having your mom tell you what to do, but more chill (or less lol). Sometimes we need that reminder that we have a lot going on when we feel like slacking off.
- Reward yourself for doing work.
Cake, ice cream, shopping, Netflix. Do something to treat yo-self. When you finish a homework assignment or turn in your semester paper early REWARD YOURSELF! I give myself “early” deadlines and when I finish my work ahead of time I reward myself with one of the things I mentioned previously! Giving myself something to look forward to helps me to be more productive and beat procrastinating on things!
- Last, but certainly not least….
TURN OFF YOUR PHONE!
The number one distraction for many of us is our phones. I have gotten in the practice of turning off my phone (or at least putting it on silent) and only checking it once an hour when I am trying to complete a task. It’s hard to not keep up with what’s going on ‘on the gram’ or ‘on the book’ but we owe it to yourselves to get our work done whether it’s for school, business, or our career.
Ultimately, procrastination slows down our progress towards success. These simple tips will help you become more productive and hopefully beat procrastination.