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5 tips to stop procrastinating

If you find yourself becoming distracted these tips will help you get back on track before you lose your motivation

My name is Sarah Lindsay and I work as an assistant account manager at The Challenge. My role involves building rapport with contacts at schools throughout North West London in order to schedule events that promote the National Citizen Service programmes to 15-17-year-olds.

If you’re currently at school or college, you probably get frustrated by your deadlines building up. So to get you back on track I’ve created this list to help you stay focused over the autumn half term.

Whenever you feel like those dreaded deadlines are getting a bit overwhelming, whether that be an essay, an exam or homework, always remember this work is not going to dominate your time entirely.

Well, unless you leave things to the last minute and end up trying to cram all of the information you have been taught in one overnight sitting, also known as the dreaded all-nighter. Then, of course, it will feel like a lifetime.

And going by personal experience, I’ve been there, done that, and worn the t-shirt. Trust me it’s no fun. Stressful yes, laugh out loud not so much.

So… without further or do, here are my tips on how to not become a pro at procrastination!

Tip 1: Plan, plan and plan and some more!

If you organise your time as early as possible, you will reap the reward in the end!

As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm.

So, the earlier you start getting to work, the quicker you can catch up on your favourite Netflix series, let your hair down, or do whatever you like to do to relax.

To be a pro at planning, set yourself personal deadlines. It’s all well and good knowing that, for instance, you have four weeks to complete a specific task, but if you don’t organise your time well enough, the deadline will appear out of nowhere.

To avoid this dreaded affair, set yourself personal deadlines on a daily or weekly basis, and always aim to complete your work at least a week prior to the official deadline.

This will allow you plenty of time to edit, proofread, and all that jazz, which works a treat. No worries, you can thank me later!

Tip 2: Location, location, location!

Location, of course, plays a key role in the procrastination drama or saga (or whatever you may want to call it!).

Perhaps you know full well that you can’t work proactively at home, or at your student digs. From the temptation to lounge around and binge watch TV, to have a catch-up with your flatmates over a cup of tea, maybe there’s simply too much going on.

If this is the case, get yourself to the library or café right away and keep procrastination at bay.

Set yourself a goal prior to your work session, then you can put your feet up after.

Tip 3: Stay optimistic

A positive mindset will always ensure that you accomplish what you have set out to accomplish.

Don’t let those deadlines control you!

Show those assignments or exams who’s boss with a beaming smile and whenever you feel like you’re being swamped by self-doubt, tell yourself ‘yes, I can!’

Tip 4: Deviate from distraction

In today’s day and age, it goes without saying that the realm of distraction is very easy to fall into what with modern technology and apps galore accessible to us on the go. With that said, don’t let it get to the point where the interweb is literally eating away at your designated study time.

Always remember everything in moderation.

You can catch up on those must-see memes in good time. If needs be, switch off all your technological devices during your compulsory study time and you’ll most likely appreciate your scroll scheme all the more once you’ve completed that looming duty on your agenda.

Tip 5: Take a break and breathe

Have a break now and then – you deserve one! It doesn’t have to be all work and no play.

Allow your brain to recuperate by cooking one of your favourite meals, going to the gym, socialising with friends, or having a chat with your dear ones.

A little recess will work wonders, as long as you don’t let it become a predominant factor in the work cycle of course.

After having a little breather, you have my word that you’re bound to get back to the task with more energy and inspiration.

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