So I don’t know about you guys, but I have the hardest time when it comes to procrastination. I can be very motivated to do things but when it comes to tackling big projects (especially during the summer) I find myself making excuses at every turn. The past few summers I’ve had summer reading assignments for my English classes and this year was no different.
My goal this upcoming school year is to stop procrastinating. It’s definitely a big goal for me but I feel like with more time to work on things and less work I should be able to tackle what I need to on a day to day basis.
Here are some reasons to stop procrastinating:
1. You’ll have more time once you’re done to be able to do things that you want to do instead of working on all the work you’ve put off.
2. There’s a sense of accomplishment to having done all you have to do on time, or even earlier than you need it to
3. Once you’ve gotten into the habit of getting your work done on time you’ll be more productive and actually get your work done on a regular basis.
If you’re like me, then these probably won’t be all the motivation you need in order to stop procrastinating. These are some things that I’ve been doing to try and make better habits:
1. I avoid rewarding myself with time on the internet. If I do, I’ll play one level of Candy Crush, or watch a YouTube video but I don’t check social media.I find that if I let myself go on social media I spend way too much time on it and don’t get any work done.
2. I do reward myself though, like I said I’ll play a level of Candy Crush, or watch a YouTube video during a break but I also reward myself with other things too. Usually for when I’m done with all the tasks I figure out a “big” prize, sometimes I plan a relaxing night, order food for dinner, buy something I have on my wish list, something like that. For smaller rewards I usually make, or buy myself coffee or tea, spend time scrolling through social media, or watch a movie. It’s always great to have something to look forward to at the end of a long To-Do list.
2. I gather everything that I could need while working on my project and put it where I’ll be working. The only reason I let myself leave my workspace is if I have to go to the bathroom.
3. While I do try to leave my workspace as fewtimes as possible, I do give myself breaks. I try to work for at least half an hour at a time and then take a five to ten minute break. Breaks are really important because if you work for too long you will get burnt out.
4. Just do it. Make a list of everything you need to get done, prioritize them, alternating tasks that are hard and ones that are easy. Then sit down and get to work and don’t stop until you have everything done. Once you’re finished you will feel so much better about things and it will alleviate so much stress.
Do any of you have issues with procrastination? What are your favorite ways to keep yourself motivated?
Have a great day everyone!