10 Tips for Beating Procrastination

Have you ever had so much on your plate that you had no idea how to get started? Don’t worry – you are not alone!  Leaving things for the last minute can be extremely stressful, and can often lead to having to pull unnecessary all-nighters, or having to deal with emotional breakdowns.

Beat procrastination

This blog post is meant to ease your fears and help you beat stress, because having those meltdowns is not worth it. Remember that most of the time, things work out just fine. So let’s get started.

10 ways to beat procrastination:

  1. Know your tasks:

It’s very easy to lose motivation when you have no idea what is expected of you. So, before you start any of your work, make sure you understand the instructions and what you are meant to do.

  1. Get moving:

One of the best ways to free yourself from procrastination is to change your scenery.  Try this: Start your day bright and early,and go for a walk around the block or do some stretches to get the blood flowing through your body. This will change your mindset completely and will help when you need to sit down with your work.

  1. Set a time:

Setting a time for yourself to work can be very effective. For example, 25 minutes is a good length of time to keep focused. After every 25 minutes of concentration, take a break and do something completely different for a short period of time, before getting back to your work for another 25 minutes. This allows your mind to re-energise.

  1. Motivation buddies are vital:

It is the best feeling when you know that people are there to support you.  So when you feel like you are slipping into procrastination, your motivation buddy will be a great help to get you back into the swing of things.

  1. Ask for help:

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it is help from a tutor or a friend, having someone explain things to you can be very useful. At College SA, we give all our students access to a personal tutor. This tutor is available via telephone, e-mail, or Skype, and will attend to any study-related queries that you may have.

  1. Give yourself a break:

Try not to be too hard on yourself if you cannot get out of the procrastination slump for one day. Just work harder the next day to get things done.

  1. Get enough sleep:

You cannot have a full productive day if you go to bed late. You need to recharge at the end of each day, so remember to get at least 6 hours of sleep each night.

  1. Say goodbye to social networks:

Social networks can be very distracting. In order to focus on your work, you need to be strong and turn off all social networks during work time.

  1. Wake up early:

The advantage of waking up early is that it is quiet – giving you time to concentrate and get some work done.

     10.  Relax:

Try to remember that you will be okay! If you fail, it isn’t the end of the world. There are always second chances.