Procrastination means putting things off intentionally or habitually. We often do it knowingly as students or even when we are working in the field. When you procrastinate, you waste time that you could be investing in something meaningful like studying, or finishing assignments or even just going out to play for aw while. In today’s post let’s look at some ways with which you can procrastinate your procrastination.
- Do the task for just a few minutes
Use the Zierganick effect – once you start something your brain remains alert until you finish it. You could also just commit to doing something you’ve been putting off for a while for just a few minutes. Tell yourself you’ll do just 3 math questions today and chances are that you might end up doing more once the momentum has been set.
2. Do the Hard Tasks First
Doing the hard tasks while your brain is still fresh means you are less likely to give up on them or procrastinate. This means doing the subject that you don’t like or tend to keep for the last minute. This also includes that task that has moved to your to-do since the past two weeks! We know you hate that one thing, but do it first!
3. Believe in Your Ability
You can do it, just implement the skills and strategies you have learnt to self-regulate. Don’t worry about making it perfect or thinking.’ what if it’s not good enough?’ Just start doing it with the belief that you got this!
4. Manage your environment
Control it, don’t let it control you. Get rid of distractions especially that lovely beguiling phone of yours. If you love to sleep, then move to a room where there’s no bed, if you like watching T.V. a lot, then move to a room without a T.V. If you like to solve math problems with music, then make arrangements to have music playing when you’re doing math. If you feel like you’re more productive in a café or at the library, then go ahead and do it. You should make sure your environment makes it easier for you to study or work and not add onto your stress!
5. Set yourself Short Deadlines
Impending deadlines get you going. So go ahead, set yourself short deadlines. Just tell yourself you’ll get one exercise done by the end of the day or before you go to bed. Even if the goal is small with small deadlines and you meet them, you will feel like you’re on top of the world. This will definitely inspire you to work again the next day!
6. Model Success
Who do you know that has done this task well? What did they do? Copy what they did. It will help you pick up on habits and tricks that could benefit you your entire lift and come in handy when you least expect it. Always keep learning habits that you think are useful to you.