Mental Health

3 Sure fire tips to help you achieve productivity and beat procrastination

By Jun 21, 2017 No Comments

How is it that in the 24 hours that we all have in a day – some can get their lives organised, while the masses just fall off the wagon? In the same amount of time, even with seemingly the same opportunities, one can lead while others follow. There are only so many leaders and core decision makers amidst a surplus of commoners.

According to an African proverb, “a chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches”. Everyone seems to have an opinion from whether this entails an innate and/or hereditary traits or if it is something one can get better at.

Many have written books on how to get the ball rolling and moving forward. There are many contradictory comments, but here are the undisputed, sure fire tips to help you achieve productivity and beat procrastination.


Before exam season even starts, it is important to have realistic expectations and a certain level of self-knowledge. Know that there are days when you will not feel like studying. Perhaps you may study and give your all, only to be blind sighted by the examiner.

In short, things can and they sometimes do go wrong. When that happens, having the ability to bend back into shape and get up can make all the difference between success and failure. Don’t stay discouraged for long. Dust yourself up without delay. Be resilient.

Emotional intelligence

There’s more to this phrase than sneaking it into presentations along with other seemingly trendy keywords like “thought leadership” and “captains of industries”.

Stripped off all this pretence, emotional intelligence simply has to do with your awareness of your emotions and how you control them. Closely linked to this is if you handle/express yourself sensibly in interpersonal relationships. This has been closely linked to success in all facets of life as it will affect your productivity and help you overcome procrastination.


How well do you know yourself? Do you know what you want? Do you know what it will entail for you to stay motivated, get productive, do what you need to do timeously and stay at it?

Self-awareness is a phrase experts use to refer to the conscious knowledge of one’s own character and feelings. It is not an overnight thing, but can take a while to master. Self-awareness will help you walk away from time wasting activities and focus on the task at hand.

If all else fails, know yourself. There’s untapped potential and dynamite energy in you waiting to be unleashed.

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