I know what you're thinking:
"I'm to lazy to click on this. I'll read it later."
"It takes so long to open this post! Maybe another time."
"Ugh, I'm to tired to read this right now. I'll read it tomorrow.
STOP! That is procrastination, in case you didn't realise yet. Putting something off to do later.
Take out the trash.
You: Yeah, I'll do it in five minutes.
Make your bed.
You: Let me just finish this. *watches television for an hour*
Write a blog post.
Me: Can I do it tomorrow?
That's right, you know you are guilty of procrastinating. I understand, but you know that you won't be productive if you keep on procrastinating. Here are some tips.
(Once, I was assigned a lot of homework. And even worse, it was math. What I did was try to have fun, try to get it done as fast I can and every I wanted to get up and leave, I looked at a list of reasons why I have to complete my homework and I found funny motivational pictures on the internet, but didn't get too carried away with it.)
Tip 1: Two Minute Tasks
Maybe things like homework and washing dishes needs a little more motivation. But simple tasks that barely take two minutes is not going to hurt you. Can't you pause the video to wipe crumbs off the table? Or tear your eyes away from your screen just to take something and put it back where it belongs? Every time someone asks you to do something like this, don't complain, just take a deep breath, remember this rule, and do it.
Tip 2: Prioritize
Alright, maybe some work you have to do is lying on the table right now, and it's due tomorrow, but you just really want to watch your favourite show. And don't forget the essay that's due next week. Or the project that has to be submitted in a month. This is probably what's going on your mind.
"I have to do my homework. It's due tomorrow. But my show! How could I miss it? But then there's that essay! Oh, it's too much work. I'd rather do it right before I go to bed, or tomorrow morning."
But think about it. Wouldn't it be better to maybe finish your homework, start a bit of work on the essay and then watch your show? You need to do things according to which is most important right now.
Tip 3: Rewards and Consequences
Have a project due but you are hesitant to do it? Reward yourself with a snack or five minutes to do whatever you want when you finish a bit of the work. Finally, when you finish the whole thing, pat yourself on the back and help yourself to watching a movie or some leisure time.
But that might not work on everyone. So you could try and think about the consequences. What happens if you don't finish it? If it's school work, you could get punished, scolded or something else. If it helps, write down a list, and every time you don't feel like continuing, look at the list, sigh sadly and continue.
Tip 4: Stop, Drop and Work
Follow these instructions. Set an alarm for five minutes. (You might be tempted to set it longer.)Then do whatever you'd like, eat, play, read, chat. When it rings, stop, drop and start working. (I mean drop whatever you're doing) You've had your relaxation time, now it's time to put on your boots and get working.
Tip 5: Multitask
Want to watch the latest episode of a show but need to write an essay? Do both at the same time. Although this not the best advice, and lots of people find it hard to multitask, some people benefit from this. The main rule is: You have to get your homework done. No. Matter. What. Although, don't use this tip if you are studying. Only for things that don't require too much attention and aren't too important.
So, I have to admit that I do procrastinate, and sometimes don't follow the first rule. But I guess I will try now. I can't stand being a hypocrite.
Note: I wrote half of this post, then my laptop glitched and all my work was gone. I was planning on just rewriting it later, but then I said- "How ironic."
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Link of the Day: http://smallnotebook.org/2010/03/08/31-things-you-can-do-in-1-minute-or-less/
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