Tuesday, March 22, 2016

7 Ways to Avoid Procrastination

It's that time of the semester when we are overloaded with work but have zero motivation to do it all. Here are some tips to stop you from procrastinating.

1. Start with the hardest task first. 
Use your initial energy to complete your toughest task. 

2. Get a second wind at 2 pm. 
Try resetting your day at 2 PM with your choice of energy boost such as coffee, fruit, or granola bar. This will turn your day into a fully productive day instead of only getting work done in the morning when our brains are sharpest.

3. Break the task into smaller tasks. 
Projects can be a lot less overwhelming if you see it as a list of small things.

4. Ask a friend to keep you accountable. 
If you're worried about completing a project, tell a friend. Ask them to check in every so often. Fear of disappointing someone is a powerful positive motivator.

5. To get past the starting apprehension, set a timer for ten minutes. 
Work for ten minutes, anyone can work for 10 minutes. Chances are, you'll get engrossed after those ten minutes, have a small success and want to continue working. 

6. Eliminate distractions. 
Silence your cell phone, install blocking software on your computer that prohibits use of certain sites after a designated amount of time, install software that shows you how you use your time on your computer, or find a quiet place to work where no one will distract you.

7. Plan a day without procrastination.
Make a list of tasks you've been avoiding and then don't stop until it's all done. This usually works best when you have a friend.

Check out these videos from ASAP science. They can help you further understand procrastination, productivity, and laziness.

without further ado....

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