How to Win The Battle with Procrastination 91

Procrastination, Let's Reach Success

The more you put off something, the more pain your create in your life. Because anticipating the thing you have to – do but don’t want to – is painful.

Going to the gym, for example, is easy once you’re there. But you can anticipate it a whole week before that, and now the brain accepts it as a negative experience and wants you to put it off for later. And thus, comes up with tens of excuses not to do it, and ideas of what to do instead (usually easier tasks you can switch to right away, distractions).

But never forget that procrastination is a choice you make.
And as with every other, there’s a deeper reason behind it.

You may spend hours trying to figure it out, and in the end, it’s you and the task again. The thing you want to put off, the activity you worry about, fear, or think might fail at.

And you have to make the same choice again –  whether to start working on it now, or switch to something else.

But if we let procrastination win all the time, we don’t get anything done. And can never move forward, achieve our goals and reach our dreams.

We’ll be stuck in doing meaningless things and living with distractions.

And I’m sure that’s not the life you’ve planned for yourself.

So here are some things to do that will help you win the battle with procrastination:

  • identify what’s important and clear everything else away, know why you’re doing it;
  • break your tasks into smaller actions that are easy and quick;
  • know that nothing matters now but the task;
  • starting is what scares most of us, but it’s also the only time you’ll actually have to use your willpower. From then on, it gets much easier. Just start small;
  • you’ll have urges to switch to another task right away. Don’t listen to them. It’s your resilience speaking. And it doesn’t want you to get anything done;
  • your mind will make up a bunch of excuses as to why you don’t need to take action now. And this can change your decision, if you let it. So don’t;
  • set a time period;
  • have a deadline, it helps;
  • work without distractions – do whatever you need to do so that there won’t be any people coming in the room, phones ringing, notifications coming, etc;
  • we usually focus on the hard part of the task, on how long it will take us, on the things we need to do after that. And it all looks hard and exhausting. We get anxious.
    So try to focus on why you need to do it – think of the benefits of getting it done: how good you’ll feel, how relieved you’ll be, that you’ll be closer to your goals, are being productive, etc.

We can only fear the task and the process of doing it, before we’ve started working on it. So if you start right away, and don’t give your mind time to think too much and analyze what may go wrong, you might just find it super easy to complete it, too.

Win the battle with procrastination a few times, and you’ll get better, more confident, and will see it’s not that hard. Soon it will become a habit to just begin working on stuff, and get it done in no time.

So do you struggle with procrastination? What do you do about it?

See also:

Procrastination Hacks
Beating the fear that causes it
Effective strategies to fight it
Break the procrastination habit
Time hacks

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How to Study to Become a Successful Student: The Only 2 Tips You Need to Follow 29

How to Study to Become a Successful Student

Being a successful student is no easy task.

It may seem like a life of luxury, constant parties, drinking and socializing from the outside, but if you are a student you know it’s not all glitz and glamour! You’re trying to produce the best work you can to impress your tutors who never seem to be impressed. You’re trying to stay in contact with your mum, desperately asking her how a washing machine works. And you’re trying to find out who you are.

That may sound very existential, but it’s true!

You are forming opinions, theories and ideas about the world around you that will go on to inform how you live your life well after university! Well, this is for all those students that just can’t seem to get the formula right! For all those students who can’t seem to get any work done, or feel that they’re not making enough friends in their time studying!

Structure and Routine

These two things should be your absolute best friends when studying if you want to be a successful student. You can’t hope to achieve anything as a student if you don’t apply a structure and a formulated routine to almost everything you do.

For instance, make a food plan, implement some routine into your diet by figuring out what to cook each day of the week. This way you’ll find you spend a bit less on food because you are not panic buying!

Structure your studying, if you see you have a particular module on a particular morning. Maybe plan to do some work or research for that module in the afternoon. That way when it gets to the end of the week you can say to yourself that you’ve given it the time it needs and that you are progressing well through the course!

Hey, feel free to work a bit of entertainment into your routine. You can study for two hours and then watch your favorite show. You’ll find yourself really benefitting from the structure. After a while, you’ll be structuring your nights out too.

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You know that light up screen that you sit in front of day after day? Well, that can actually be used to help you to type something on that blank word document you keep panicking about.

With our little friend the Internet at your disposal, the sky is the limit in terms of useful services that you utilize to your benefit.

Of course, there are the researching tools you can use, like Google Scholar and Jstor. These can really help bolster up your essay writing with solid facts and theories from already popular and established thinkers.

There are also a myriad of sites that can help you with your essay writing including ones that provide scholarship essay writing service to students. These services can support you in a lot of ways. They can provide you with useful quotes, help you structure your essay, and they can even write some of it for you. Have a look on the internet for a literature review writing service.

These sorts of sites can really help you get a leg up on all that work you need to do. It gives an outside perspective on something that, when you are doing it, can be a bit overwhelming. Letting someone else have a look at your work can help you to understand a more bird’s eye view of your structure and content.

These two things are hugely important if you want to stand a chance as a successful student.

They may seem like easy things to accomplish, but if you are a student, think about your average day.

Do you organize anything? Do you purposely implement structure at any point? Because if you did, you would definitely see the positive results it can bring.

Similarly, do you ask for help when you need it? Do you use all of the services that are available to you? You don’t have to feel like you are embarrassing yourself or that you are giving up by asking for help. Everybody needs help sometimes, especially when writing lengthy and complex essays and think-pieces about challenging subjects.

Think about these two suggestions when you get a chance. If you really try to start using them, you will find that being a student isn’t as hard as you once thought it to be.