Its Monday evening – and one of your most important exams is coming up on Friday. But instead of doing your work, you are doing unimportant things like checking your email, posting on social media, and watching YouTube videos. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.
We all procrastinate from time to time. Sometimes it’s in relation to those mundane things – like sorting through old files or spring cleaning your cupboards – and at other times it affects important things such as preparing for presentations or exams.
Don’t let procrastination take over your life – try these easy tips:
Do the worst thing first
Get it out of the way. Start with the most difficult task of the day. Most tasks are not as difficult as we imagine and putting them off won’t make them go away. Starting the task will also relieve some of the anxiety you feel about it.
Tell other people about your goal
Choose someone who you can tell about your end goal. This way, you will be more committed to achieving it. For example, your end goal may be to pass your exam with distinction. When someone close to you knows about this, they can encourage you to achieve it.
Hang out with people who inspire you to take action
Negative people suck the energy right out of you. Rather hang out with people who have a positive outlook on life. Feed off their positive thoughts and energy. You will be able to accomplish your goal much more quickly.
Just do it!
One of the biggest reasons we procrastinate is because we “just don’t feel like doing it!” Before you do whatever you need to do, change your mood by listening to some upbeat music, or take a couple of deep breaths and commit mentally to completing the task at hand.
Moving forward can change your life, too. Ask yourself: “What kind of life do I want to live?” Do you want to be limited by your fear of moving forward? Or do you want to live a life in which you free yourself of your fears and embrace the opportunities that lie ahead?
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I always leave the worst thing at the end of the day – this is probably my biggest mistake. Because of this, I often ruin my whole day.
However, the right advice is that the most difficult tasks and the most unfavorable activities should be done first.