We’ve all been there.
It’s 11:30 PM. You have a paper that is due at midnight and even though you “started” it at 6 PM, those damn Gilmore Girls episodes kept playing and you just didn’t have the strength to turn it off.
I’m not here to tell you you’re a horrible person for procrastinating. That would make me a hypocrite. Quite frankly, I believe procrastination is a healthy part of life(in small doses of course). But when it gets to the point that you make a conscious choice to watch your 19th episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in a row instead of doing the paper that is worth 50% of your final grade, that’s when it becomes a problem.
Although I will be honest, I don’t think there is one solid way to kick procrastination out of your life completely, I’m going to share with you some of the tricks I’ve found to make it a little less of an inconvenience.
PLAN, PLAN, PLAN.
I don’t know about you, but I am a bit of a crazy person when it comes to planning. My thought is if you don’t have a solid plan of how and when you’re going to get something done, you’re not going to get it done because you keep pushing it off.
I know I can’t just sit here and tell you what I am doing at every hour of every day or when I have free time. But if you write down all of your plans for the day, it will be much easier for you to find time to work. And then if you add that into your planner, you’ll be 50x more likely to actually do it-and get it done early
Just Take the First Step
Usually, the task at hand is so much bigger and more overwhelming in our heads than it actually is in reality. When you finally take the first step, you’ll realize that it really isn’t all that bad.
Taking the first step is the key to everything and once you do it, you’ll say “damn. Why did I push that off for so long?
I’m writing a post about how to stop procrastinating…but also telling you to give in to procrastination. How does that make sense? Let me tell you my friend.
You have to give yourself breaks. If you have a project that is going to take you 8 hours, there is no way in hell you’re going to be able to sit at your computer for 8 hours to finish it. In fact, you are going to sit down for about an hour, decide it’s too much, and just push it off again.
You have to find increments that work for you. For example, I have found that I am most productive working for 2 hours straight and then taking half hour breaks. Whatever time you find works best for you-stick with it. You can do whatever you want with your breaks, but just make sure that your break time is never more-or even close to-your working time.
Tell yourself: “When I finish doing everything I have to do, I will treat myself to takeout from my favorite restaurant.” or whatever it may be. If you have something to push you and motivate you to get your shit done, you will get it done faster!
Think of the Benefits
When you’re writing a paper for one of so many classes you’ll take in college or writing a blog post that only 20 people will read, it’s hard to think of the big picture. But you need to take a step back and think about the future. This paper puts you one step closer to the degree of your dreams. This blog post puts you one step closer to blogging as a career. Would you push your future off? No? Then don’t push this task off.
You got this! – K