A Beginner’s Guide to Avoiding Procrastination

By Elena

Especially now, the year seems to have been going on forever. Everyone’s tired, and the work just keeps on piling on. As a result, procrastination may overcome all of us, but there are ways to avoid procrastination. Here’s a list of some of my favorite.

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Make a list

One of my favorite ways to avoid procrastination is by making a list. Seeing everything I have left to do and when I need to have it done helps me avoid procrastination by giving me more motivation to actually do the work.

Furthermore, doing something small like a list before starting my work helps me get into a work mindset. It’s a lot easier to start with something small to get into the right headspace than it is to actually start doing work.

A list can also be anything. Maybe you do this by writing in a planar, or maybe you just want to write on a notecard or piece of paper. Personally, my favorite place to make a list is in a spreadsheet, because it’s easier to edit and I can move the different items around as much as I want.

The trick is to figure out what kind of list works best for you, and develop it into a system that’s going to keep you from procrastinating.

Put away distractions

One of the main reasons we procrastinate is because we have distractions around us. Our phones, books, the internet, anything can be a distraction. This is why to stop procrastinating, you need to force yourself to put it away. Put restrictions on how long you can spend on your phone, use a focused browser until you finish your work, find some way to manage putting away the distractions around you.

You need to put away the distractions so that you can keep yourself on task and get your work done as fast as you can. There are many different ways you can manage putting distractions away, and it’s up to you to find what works for you.

Put your distractions as far away as possible, or have someone keep them from you until you can get your work done. There are many ways to handle distractions, and this once again is something you need to figure out how to do for yourself.

Reward yourself

Create a rewards system for yourself so that you can stay on task.

This could mean that every half hour you work, you give in to one of your distractions for 5 minutes before putting them away again, or after completing all of your assignments for the week you treat yourself to some take out. Whatever it is, having something to look forward to at the end of the work you do is going to make you more productive and finish faster.

To avoid procrastination, you need to have an end goal in mind. Most of the time, the most effective one to have is a goal that allows you to reward yourself. Focusing on this reward will help push you to finish.

Sometimes, the reward can be as simple as going to bed, especially if you know you have a lot of work to get done. This doesn’t mean to sacrifice sleep for your workload, but it does mean you need to have some kind of reward that will help motivate you.

Schedule your time

If you still can’t figure out how to procrastinate less, make a schedule for yourself. Put away time for everything you need to get done, and also put away time for rest and rewards.

Scheduling your time will help you have a way to stay on task and keep yourself from giving into procrastination. It might take time to develop your schedule and develop one that works for you, but you have to work on it to figure out what will end up being the most beneficial for you.

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