Procrastination; we’ve all been there. When you know you need to do something, yet you find yourself preoccupied with other things and end up putting it off. Whether it’s an essay you need to get done, or an art project you’ve been meaning to get on with, try these 5 tips!
Whatever you’re working on, the best way to retain complete focus on it, is to remove all distractions from your area. That means no access to your phone for intrusive scrolling, and closing that extra tab. If you often struggle to keep yourself completely focussed, some would suggest listening to music. For some, it satiates the need for outside entertainment or distractions and occupies the part of the brain desperate for distraction enough to remain focussed.
This doesn’t have to be a physical list if that’s how you work best, though the satisfaction of putting a tick in a box is a great reward! It could be a bunch of post it notes, or a list on a screen. Either way, laying out what exactly you have to do can help you focus on your goal. Breaking large projects down into smaller tasks can be very helpful too, as it makes the end game seem much more realistic and attainable.
Once you know what motivates you, you can use it to your advantage! Figuring out how to drive yourself through difficult tasks helps to remain focussed and achieve the best results. It can be different for every project, or even every task, but as long as you know how to motivate yourself, you’ll be able to blast through each responsibility with ease! You can learn more about motivation by clicking here to see an earlier blog.
This tip applies in most areas of life! If you do the worst bits first, you’ll be motivated to continue to the end when all that’s left is the good bits. It’s the same as eating a meal. Some people are taught to eat their least favourite things first, like veggies on a roast dinner, so that by the end, you’re left with the best flavours!
With the help of your list, setting yourself a schedule gives you times to get started, and times to be done by. You should try to set yourself deadlines within this schedule. That way, you have something to aim for, and an end in sight. If you’re working on something like an essay or a poster, it can give you a time to step back and appreciate that what you have made is the first version, and you can go on to make improvements.