We’ve all been there. Shoving a task away, right up until you realise that the deadline is a lot sooner than you think. But don’t stress!
Everyone’s gone through that before in their lives...except for that one person who always seems to get things done a week before they’re due. Procrastination is something that is pretty inevitable, but also super regrettable once you realise how much it is holding you back. You might seem more productive in the end, but wouldn’t you rather be watching YouTube without feeling guilty, or getting to sleep more?
So, how does one actually stop procrastinating? It’s such an elusive question for like, everyone, and sometimes you feel like you can’t help it. Here are some steps that could guide you to be less persuaded to fall into the trap of procrastination:
1. Forgive yourself for procrastinating in the past — it’s important to feel positive about the future first!
2. Look at things in a different way — instead of saying “I need to”, try saying “I choose to”. This can help you feel more in control of your own tasks.
3. Reduce distractions — it can be hard, but social media and YouTube are one of the last things you want when you’re tackling a massive task ahead of you.
4. Ask someone to check up on you once in a while — if it’s not your brother or fellow classmate, helpful (and pretty!) apps like Forest and Headspace may help you stay focused on the task at hand.
5. Get the tasks you feel the least like doing out of the way first. Then you get to do the fun stuff later!
6. Promise yourself a reward — after the task, of course.
Obviously, everyone is different, and it can be hard to break out of old habits. But if you can stop procrastinating, or even reduce it, you’ll end up freeing a lot of your time and thoughts. So get to it, then! :D
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