Ah yes, procrastination. It’s one of our worst habits. We get an exam notification a few weeks prior to the test and what do we do? Delay studying for it. ‘I’ve got plenty of time, I’ll just do it later’. ‘I’m not bothered right now, maybe tomorrow’.
Then it’s the night before the exam. Cue the panic monster.
Make a To-Do List
Having a to-do list is THE BEST. It allows you see what you have to do on paper and gives you the satisfaction of ticking it off when you’ve completed the task. It helps you keep organised and is likely to make you feel guilty if the tasks aren’t completed. This will force you get up and finish the things that need to be done.
Keep Away from Distractions
Distractions are one of the most common reasons why people procrastinate. The biggest distraction? Your phone. How many times have you delayed doing work because you were distracted by your phone? The best way to ensure you don’t get distracted is to keep it away from you. Turn it off or place it in another room. When it’s out of your sight, you will be less likely to get distracted.
Have your own Study/Work Area
It’s important that you have your own work/study area, in a quiet place. Having your own little corner or desk gives you somewhat more motivation to study. It’s also better if your work area is in a place where there is little to no noise. No noise will help you concentrate better, and allow you to complete your tasks.
It can be difficult to suddenly start studying for a long period of time, which is why you might want to have a reward if you complete your task. The reward could be a snack or ten minutes to spend on your phone. This ‘reward’ is a short and temporary motivation to help you finish your task.
Have a Goal/Vision
This is the last important factor to help you stop procrastinating. Every time you feel like slacking off or making excuses, think about your long-term vision. Your dream, your passion, your goal. Think about how you would thank your tomorrow self for completing this one task today. With determination to reach that goal, the motivation will come with it.
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