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Overcoming Procrastination in Five Steps

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Procrastinating is so easy to do, especially when deadlines and assignments begin to pile up. Luckily, there are many different ways to deal with bad habits of procrastination and take some weight off your shoulders. A few tips can help you sort out and delegate time to specific tasks, even with your busy life outside of school. 

  1. Making a list of everything that you need to do can be daunting to look at, but organizing the list into due dates you have set for yourself and allotting time where you can complete those tasks can give you more control over your workload. 
  2. Once you’ve narrowed down a task you can see yourself completing, take action on it as soon as possible so you don’t have time to think about procrastinating. 
  3. If you feel like you don’t have enough time to work on something, set a five or ten-minute timer to solely work on that task, and then whatever you finish in those few minutes counts as good progress. Continuing this can create a good cycle of working on an assignment in pieces, instead of all at once. 
  4. For bigger tasks, it may be easier to break your study session into intervals of work time and break time. It could look something like this: Study for 30 minutes, 10-minute break to get up and walk around, study for 30 minutes, take a 10-minute break for mindfulness or focused meditation, study for 30 minutes, 10 minutes outside taking a walk, study for 30 minutes, then repeat until the task is done. You can break up the time intervals however you like, but by continuing this pattern and not pushing yourself too hard, you can make the task feel lighter. 
  5. The last tip is a boundary to set for yourself when working to complete a task that will test your restraint. It was a method introduced by a novelist named Raymond Chandler, in which you set that boundary that you either do the task or do nothing at all. Ideally, there are two rules:  1. You don’t have to work on the task. 2. But you can’t do anything else. Being able to set this boundary and having the will to hold yourself to it could be crucial in trying to get work done, and by staying off of screens or doing other things that would aid you in procrastinating, you will get bored and eventually choose to do your work. If you allot time in which you do the task or nothing at all, you will figure out how much easier it is just to sit down and focus on it. 

There are so many more tips and strategies out there to get away from habits of procrastinating, but these are a few that are well-proven to work for anyone, in school or a workplace these methods can be very important in getting over the slump of a workload and provide stress relief. 

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