From constantly checking the fridge to see if anything new has magically appeared (it never does) to watching countless Youtube videos, there is nothing I won’t do to procrastinate.
It just seems that studying seems to be a really, really good activity for making me remember all the other things I would rather do and makes me want to do them – straight away.
Procrastination is a huge struggle for me (especially since I have lots of uni assessment this week!) but I have come up with a little trick that helps me stop procrastinating, at least for a little while.
How to stop procrastination
Whenever I sit down to study or do whatever it is that I have to do, I grab two post-it notes (or pieces of paper or whatever I can write on) and stick them next to me on my desk. I also grab a pen and put it with the post-it notes.
I then title one post-it note ‘things I want to get distracted by‘ and the other ‘things I need to do later‘.
And then I get to it (usually using the Pomodoro Method).
Without fail, about 3 minutes into studying I want to procrastinate. It’s just what happens. Studying is usually boring, hard or both so there are always many, many more appealing things to do. This is the battle.
So when I think of something I want to do instead (like downloading the latest episode of Kardashians or browsing fashion blogs) I just write down whatever it is on one of the post-it notes and keep going.
If I want to get distracted by something more than once (this always happen) I just start putting little tallies next to things.
Then, at the end of my little study session, I have a look at what I wrote down and figure out if I still actually need to do any of it.
Usually there are a few things I legitimately need to do, but the majority of it I can do really quickly or don’t need to do at all.
why you should try it
I’m not going to lie – this isn’t always easy to do (and gets harder as the task gets more boring) but it has still helped me so much.
It takes away that fear that I’m going to forget to do something if I don’t do it straight away and it has made me so much more aware of how I react to things and how a lot of the things I want to do are complete time-wasters!
If you struggle with procrastination I definitely recommend giving this a try!
You might want to write different titles on your post-it notes or create an electronic list rather than a physical one – it doesn’t matter! Just give it a try and see if it works for you.
What do you think?
Do you struggle with procrastination? Have you discovered any tricks that work for you?
Don’t forget that comments are always welcome and appreciated – I’d LOVE to hear from you!