Time Management Skills

A Guide to Curbing the Desire to Procrastinate

By Jul 15, 2020 No Comments

procrastinateProcrastination is the thief of time and is an issue that affects even the most diligent of students every now and again. Our generation is especially vulnerable to procrastination due to the sheer number of distractions and temptations that constantly surround us. From our smartphones and our laptops to our gaming consoles and online streaming subscriptions, procrastination is an easy temptation!

So, how can you avoid the desire to procrastinate and boost your productivity instead? Here are some tips.

Set goals

Decide what you need to do and what you wish to achieve in the morning of every single day. Write it all down and constantly refer back to your list when you are feeling that familiar pull to break away and do something else. Tick off the completed tasks and objectives as you go to provide you with the motivation to keep pushing forward.

Take breaks

You will find that you are more productive when you allow yourself frequent breathers in between working and studying. Give yourself a 15-minute break for every hour of dedication that you put in. Use your breaks to breathe, relax, and reflect. Getting in a bit of exercise and/or a good dose of sunshine is recommended, too.

Create a schedule

A detailed schedule helps to ensure that you get as much done every day as possible. Just be sure to factor in some ‘me time’. If you know that you have a lot to do but that you will have a chance to play your games later this evening, you will be a lot more inclined to buckle down and focus.

Get rid of distractions

Make your study space a device-free zone. No smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, etc. If you need a laptop on which to work, make a habit of only having one window open at a time.

Start with the difficult tasks first

It can be tempting to start working on the shorter, simpler tasks. But, think about it. You will probably be agonising so much about what is still to come that you will have trouble focusing on what you are doing. Get the difficult, time-consuming tasks out of the way first to maximise productivity and reduce the chances of giving in to procrastination as the day goes on.

Put these tips into practice and procrastination is sure to become a thing of the past – at least for the most part!

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