5 Ways to Beat Procrastination

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3. Get out of the house

You can help yourself to better focus on your tasks by simply removing yourself from distractions. Although studying in your own home sounds like a lovely idea on paper, the reality can be quite unhelpful.

You’re home environment has the danger of being extremely distracting as there’s so many other options to avoid doing what you’re meant to. You could easily get trapped in front of the telly, find cleaning to do around the house or even waste hours laying in bed.

Don’t let your own home allow you to waste time. Grab your laptop and your notes and head out. You can go to a cafe or to the local library. In these environments, there is nothing else for you to go and do. You’ll either be getting on with your work or sit there doing nothing. So you’re far more likely to just get on with it.

4. Mini Rewards

One of the reasons we may procrastinate is because we forget to reward ourselves when we don’t. It’s easy to get bogged down in an endless list of tasks. Completing them all can seem impossible, and with no reward, it’s easy to get fed up and go and do something else.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Work out when it’s time to work and when it’s time for a break. Separate your tasks into manageable chunks. Once you’ve finished a chunk, reward yourself. This can be anything from meeting a friend for lunch, or having a quick five minutes for a biscuit and a cup of tea.

The point is to positively reinforce your hard work. Recognise when you have done well, react positively to it, and know when it’s time to carry on with the grind. Allowing yourself regular breaks from your tasks will make them seem far more possible, making you less likely to procrastinate.

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