How many times do you feel you have heard the word procrastination? We all can admit that we have been procrastinating since about the first grade. Procrastination occurs in our lives, whether it is studying, finishing projects, making breakfast, getting out of bed, taking the dog outside, cleaning, etc. Procrastination comes from within so we must learn how to train our minds to achieve what we need to do each day. It is possible to learn how to overcome procrastination in our lives, but how? Listed below are some ideas.
Rank your priorities
Each morning you get up, make a list of what you need to accomplish in the day. If studying is most important than get that out of the way first. Ranking your priorities will not only help with procrastination, but it will also show you how to master time management. Plus, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in a day and have free time!
Ask yourself “Why am I procrastinating?”
Yes, this does seem too simple, but it will help you understand why you are procrastinating. Maybe it is because you do not understand the directions or you are distracted by other responsibilities. Whatever it is, asking yourself this question will confront you with your distractions. You then can take a moment to reflect on those distractions and remove or minimize them.
Take stock of your environment
Are you trying to work in front of your TV, at your friend’s house, or Starbucks? True, some people can work under these conditions, but it is not meant for everyone. You might have to remove all electronics to complete your work, but at least you know why you are procrastinating. Consider taking a trip to the library or having a home office where you can shut the door and have time to focus on your work.
Split up your time
We sometimes procrastinate because we feel that we have so much to complete. Consider splitting up your time when you have a bigger project. Maybe you have a project to finish; try working on it for an hour and then take a break and go back to work. When we split up our time, this also allows us to clear our minds and refresh ourselves. When we try to cram projects into one setting, we often let small details slip through.