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How to fight procrastination

How to fight procrastination
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It’s cold, it’s snowy, and it feels as if there’s no way to fight procrastination.

Set yourself some goals

It’s always better to get yourself motivated when you have a goal to work towards. It helps you to set deadlines and make sure that are achieving what you want to achieve in life.

If the urge to achieve your goals reduces throughout the day, then a great way to get around this is to wake up early.

If you only have a little to do, you might be able to get it all done before lunchtime, leaving you plenty of additional time to relax.

Seek out your personal distractions and identify them

Seeking out your own personal distractions is a great way to make sure that they are not stopping you from working. If you are always picking up your phone, then switch it off and hide it somewhere in your room, having it just to the side of where you are working means that it’s too easy to simply pick it up and start scrolling away for the next two hours.

Use some productivity apps

Productivity apps are a great way to set goals in your every life.

Mindfulness apps are really worth your attention. They help you to breakdown your day and work towards personal goals. ‘Stop, Breathe and Think’ is a great app to use when all you really want to do is take around 5-10 minutes of the day to recharge and focus on yourself.

Try to limit social media

Social media, the endless scrolling and the countless links you click on all add up in terms of time and all of a sudden you have been sitting on Facebook for two hours.

If you do want to check social media, setting a time limit, (as silly as that sounds) can be a great way to not stay on there for too long!

Pin point the crucial work and set to getting it done first

Which part of your work day are you most nervous about? Are you dreading that exam mock paper? Or do you really not want to go and sort out your student finance?

A great thing to is to pinpoint which parts of your day seem the most intimidating and smash them first! Getting the hardest parts done will really give you a boost, meaning that any task afterwards just won’t seem as bad.

Visualise your success

Visualising your success can be a really good motivator.

Whether it’s graduating, publishing  a piece of work, handing something in or even visualising yourself sitting and relaxing after giving the student kitchen (yuck) a good clean.

If you get up in the morning and think that today will pass, and you will get back into bed again in the evening, really helps you to realise that every task in your day is perfectly

Break down large tasks into smaller ones

If some tasks seem like they are far too big and difficult, then work on breaking them down and even adapting them to suit you and your work style.

You can even spread one large task over a few days, just taking it a little at a time, it can be perfect, whilst not feeling too over whelmed at the same time.

Don’t be afraid to take breaks

Please do not be afraid of breaks! I know sometimes it might seem a little scary, as you could never start up again what you were just doing, but just remember to keep it all within a time frame and you will be fine.

I like to leave an hour for lunch, and stop working or doing my tasks after a certain time in the evening. It can be a great way to fight feelings of guilt and to focus on times to relax and recharge.

Elizabeth Whittingham Elizabeth is a third year history student studying at The University of Manchester.

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