So today I wanted to talk about procrastination, ‘the thief of time’: are you a procrastinator? I certainly am, and I believe that most people probably procrastinate in some way or another.
Are you procrastinating right now? Are you meant to be doing a homework task, or something that seems to be too much effort, or too hard? If so, why are you putting the task off? From experience, it’s only going to get more tricky as time goes on.
‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’ – Nelson Mandela
I can be really good at putting off tasks, especially when it’s the holidays as I tend to just want to be a bit lazy… Generally, I find that the longer it takes me to do something, the harder or more mentally tough it becomes; in other words, I play a mental game where by the end, the task has become so much harder than what it actually is. This is partly the reason why I love the above quote from Nelson Mandela, as I find his words so true…
Here are my top tips for keeping yourself motivated & avoiding procrastination:
- Before starting an ‘impossible’ task, listen to your favourite song, or most motivational music. I find that this can really help you get in the zone for some hard work – it’s always nice to feel motivated before a task! 👍
- Remove your phones or any other potential distractions from your working space; you don’t want your phone beeping every 5 seconds with a social media alert, you’ll quickly get distracted and will want to stop your work. 📱
- Reduce your ‘to-do’ list to 1 or 2 important items. Personally, this really helps me to prioritise & focus on the most important tasks that I need to get done. If I have a really busy and long to-do list, then I find myself taking the easier tasks on first… This can lead to some serious procrastination!
- Whilst working on an impossible task, break the task down into smaller, more manageable stages for you to complete. One big task can be a lot more daunting than lots of smaller stages. You could even give yourself a reward, such as a piece of your favourite chocolate or simply just the acknowledgement of completion, after every complete stage. 😋
- Take breaks every now and again. Everyone says this, but it really can help. Use your time wisely by having a drink and refreshing yourself – you could even listen to another motivational tune 🎶 . I would avoid checking your phone though – you don’t want to get caught up in any social media ‘drama’.
So there we are, my top 5 tips for avoiding procrastination and keeping yourself motivated. I hope I have encouraged you to start getting more stuff done, I know some tasks can seem like a mountain at first, but by the end you’ll be relieved!
‘How many Monday’s have been and gone since you said ‘I’ll start next week’? Take action, and start TODAY’
Are you a procrastinator? What are your top tips to avoid procrastination? What do you do to motivate yourself? Do you know any motivational quotes? If so, please comment down below!
Only 3 more days to go to half term everyone! Keep going – we’ll get there eventually 😄.
Lots of love,