We have all fallen into the trap of procrastination. In fact, according to ThriveMyWay, approximately 95% of college students procrastinate, and 50% consider it to be a huge problem. And although you probably know what you should be doing, you still delay important tasks. Today I want to share with you 5 ways to help you overcome procrastination.
- Just do it
When you want to get something done and you find yourself procrastinating, the best thing you can do is “force” yourself to start. When we are procrastinating, we are avoiding doing something, and we start making a thousand excuses not to do it.
- Make sure you’re comfortable
Before you start doing something, make sure you are comfortable. As I mentioned in the previous point, you will start making a thousand excuses not to do something, especially if you are feeling tired, hungry, or thirsty.
- Build a routine
If you find yourself procrastinating, you should consider building a healthy routine and sticking to it. We have a lot of things to do in a day, and very often we don’t know where to start, that is why we usually end up procrastinating.Building a routine means you will have a more structured day, this will help you avoid falling into the trap of not knowing what to do.
- Motivate yourself
It is no secret to anyone that we often procrastinate because of a lack of motivation. To motivate yourself you have to keep in mind that we humans respond to emotions. With that being said, watching movies, motivational talks, reading articles or books, or listening to music can get you motivated.
- Remove any distractions
It is easy to not do an important task when we have many other things to do. That is why you should prepare your workspace and remove any possible distractions by turning off notifications, removing trash, getting snacks, water bottles, or anything that you think you might need while doing the task.When overcoming procrastination, you must recognize that you are doing it. You must also recognize the negative impacts procrastinating can have on your life whether you are in college, high school, or the workplace.
Also, keep in mind that the five ways we shared to help you overcome procrastination should be helpful to the majority of people. However, if you believe the reason that you are procrastinating is due to depression or anxiety, then you should consider looking for professional help.