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.

Do what you love

 

“Happiness is by choice, not chance” – Jim Rohn

There is this general misconception in life that if we have two or three university degrees, work long hours, and earn a five or six figure salary, we will be happy.

Life is hard, challenging, demanding, and sometimes asks too much of us, but we do not have to enslave ourselves in order to be happy.

Let me be clear – there is nothing wrong with having an education and striving towards your goals by working long hours. We all have different ideals and dreams. But if you ask yourself today: “Am I happy? Genuinely happy?” and you hesitate to answer, then I have a simple solution for you.

You do not necessarily have to change your career or uproot your whole life in order to find the happiness that you deserve. There are simple things in life that can make us feel secure, loved, happy, excited and content.

Riding a bike at sunset

Here is a list of a few things that you can do:

  1. Find time to do some exercise. Not because you need to lose weight, but to get some blood and endorphins flowing! You will feel healthier. Exercise does not necessarily mean spending hours in a gym – you can do something less strenuous, such as going for a 20-minute walk every day.
  2. Look in the mirror and find a physical quality that you like about yourself. Write it down and remind yourself of it every day.
  3. Think about 5 non-physical things that you like about yourself, and add it to your growing list.
  4. Think about 5 activities that you enjoy, such as playing with a dog or kitten, cooking food, swimming, or listening to music. Write them down and try to do at least one of them once a week.
  5. Write down 5 things that you would like to do, but have not yet gotten around to doing, such as taking cooking classes, travelling to certain destinations, studying a course, or learning a new language. Set yourself goals to do at least one of those things in the next year.
  6. Make time for yourself to relax and be comfortable. This may entail taking a bath, wearing your favourite pyjamas, curling up under a blanket, or having a massage. Do this at least twice a week.
  7. Make a list of your favourite sounds, smells and tastes. Sensory stimulation is one of the best ways to trigger happiness. It may be the sound of the rain, the smell of freshly mown grass, or the taste of a chocolate croissant. Take the time to experience these things again. Some are so simple, for nature provides us with these comforts.
  8. Make a list of 5 goals that you want to reach in the next ten years. Motivation is a great way to elicit happiness.

I am responsible for my own happiness

We have a right to be happy. We tend to forget that happiness is right at our fingertips. Eating more healthily, exercising, and doing things that we love are important steps in the direction of happiness.

Remember that we are responsible for ourselves, and therefore have the power to be joyful and content. Write your own story. Do what you love!

 

“Happiness is a direction, not a place.” – Sydney J. Harris

Happiness is a choice. You are the only person who can make you happy. You're as happy as you choose to be.