How to Overcome Procrastination
As a college student, procrastination is my worst enemy 😅 especially with virtual classes: procrastination and stress levels have increased tenfold!!
So, I wanted to break down my go-to strategies for beating high-stress levels and procrastination! 🥳
Table of Contents
Don't Catastrophize 😳
A lot of procrastination is triggered by catastrophizing (or making a big deal out of) a certain task or assignment. It might be due to the task being boring, difficult, or unpleasant to complete 😞
But, usually, the underlying feeling is that the task/assignment is just downright unbearable.
Let's not forget that procrastination is linked to stress. So, to deal with that stress, try to keep things in perspective! Yes, this isn't what I want to be doing right now, BUT I know I can get through this and complete this!
A positive mindset can do WONDERS -- I promise you!
Remember your 'Why' 🤗
Instead of dreading starting a certain task/assignment, try focusing on
the why: why are you having to complete this? Is it for your degree? Or possibly for a certificate? Or a coding course?
Whatever it may be,
try to focus on the benefits of completing it!!
Time to get a Planner!! 😆
Projects/tasks that get done "when you have time” (as in “I'll just do it when I have time”) usually don't get done very often, if ever.
Repeat after me: time management is my best friend!
If you don't already have one, it's time to get a planner or a calendar!! It's essential to schedule when you are going to work on a project/assignment and block out that time 😎😎
And when it is time to do your work, put away all distractions (phone, social media, etc.) and set a timer so you can be focused for the entire time you've set aside
Be Honest with yourself 💕
What I mean is, if you're not a morning person, you probably won't be taking an 8 am college class, will you? 😅
Being realistic with yourself sets you up for success. Some projects/assignments can take longer than expected, so maybe factor in some extra time.
And look for ways to make it easier on yourself: like I mentioned above, if you're not a morning person, don’t expect yourself to get up at 5 am to start coding that app you've been designing for weeks... it might be better to schedule that project during lunch or before dinner
Chunks FTW 😎
Procrastination happens often when you have an assignment/project or task that just seems SO overwhelming 😅
So, ask yourself this:
"How can I break this project/task into smaller, more manageable chunks?" 🤔
Breaking things into chunks and organizing those chunks in your calendar/planner goes * a very long way!* You'll notice you no longer dread completing that task/project 🥳
An example: you have a ten-page research paper due in a month. But, where do you begin? How do you get started?
Organize your necessary to-dos into chunks! From the example above, a chunk would be 'finding a topic', or 'collecting credible sources'
Then, designate a chunk to complete each day over the next few months/weeks! (In this essay example, you'd plan to 'find a topic' on Monday, and 'find credible resources' on Tuesday, then 'start your rough draft' on Wednesday!)
Separating an overbearing task/project into chunks, and organizing those in your planner will leave you feeling more empowered and less overwhelmed. I promise!! 🥰
Excuses be Gone 🤘🏼
Have you found yourself saying:
"I'll get around to it when I have time"
"I need X and Y to happen before I can get started", or
"I just have to be in the mood to complete this".
Those are EXCUSES! It's time to
Be honest with yourself and just START!
Zero Distractions 😡😡
The environment/space you work in can either hinder your productivity OR help it. So, look around the room you're currently working in...what in it can you credit to being a distraction?
Check your computer/laptop...do you have tons of social media tabs open? How about Slack or Discord? 🤨
During this scheduled block of time to work on a task/project, here are a few things you should do:
close your email and IM
turn off your phone (or at least set it on “Do Not Disturb” and put it out of sight)
don’t let yourself get on the internet until you have completed the task/try to hold off any necessary internet searches until the end
Give yourself some Credit!! 👏🏼
Give yourself a reward if—and only if—you complete what you set out to do!! 🥳🥳
Don't let yourself binge-watch that new Netflix show, check Twitter, or go out for a lunch date until you complete the task you have planned!
Instead of using those activities to procrastinate, make them contingent upon you actually finishing what you schedule yourself to do 😎😎
And... that's all I got! 😆😆
I hope some of these tips can help you in whatever level of procrastination you're feeling!! 💕 give me a thumbs up on this post, if it helped you! 🥰🥰
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Catch you guys later!! 😎 also, drop a comment below if any of these strategies helped you!! I'd love to know 😍😍