Procrastination is the little devil that sits on your shoulder whispering sweet nothings about Netflix binges as you stare down at all the work you need to get done.
How to beat procrastination and get that little guy out of your head once and for all. That’s the dilemma.
We all want to stay ahead of the game, to be organised and to get things done, and especially at University before your exams come around the corner.
Beating procrastination and being productive at University or in life generally is not an easy task. I’ve gathered some tips (from some of you guys on Instagram) that may just get you on the right track.
Top tips for beating procrastination:
- Set your target, write it down in BIG BOLD LETTERS and lay it in front of you as you work to create that sense of urgency. Draw up a timetable for the week and set daily short-term goals
- Create a VISION BOARD, either on Pinterest or if you want to get creative, a physical one and stick it up on your bedroom wall
- Find a space where you feel Zen and where there are no distractions. That space is NOT your bedroom. It could be the library or a quiet coffee shop or a spot under a tree in the park
- Think of the END RESULT and remind yourself of where you want to be one day
- Shut off all TECHNOLOGY. Put your phone as far away from you ask possible, disable WhatsApp on your laptop and keep off of Facebook and Instagram for the time that you’ve set to get work done.
Read More: My 5-Day Technology Detox
- Start BIG! You may feel inclined to get the simple stuff out of the way, but if you tackle the harder work first, you’ll have the most energy and you’ll get it and then you can relax and work on the easier things.
- Personally, one of the best ways I like to get into the zone and beat the procrastination that’s weighing me down is to LISTEN TO CALMING MUSIC from Youtube to get in the zone
- Finally, sometimes the answer to how to beat procrastination is that YOU CAN’T. If you can’t beat them, join them. Sometimes you just cannot get into the mood, so don’t beat yourself up about it. It’s always about quality over quantity so if you’re creating something or working with a negative mindset your work will never be the best it can be. Watch an episode of that show, take a nap, eat that packet of Oreos. When you’ve done that, you’ll feel super bad about it and that’ll set you right to getting those assignments done to meet those deadlines!
That’s all there is to it! Procrastination is a bug that will bite us so long as there is work to be done and deadlines to be met. Just know that everyone else out here is hustling, so you need to work hard to get to where you want to be in your life.
Nothing comes easy, so do your future self a favour and get started today!
Sit back, grab some Oreos, and let’s see what life has to offer us next.