The Oxford dictionary defines procrastination as an action of delaying or postponing something. They may have forgotten to mention that 99.99% of the time it is done deliberately. I know. We can all relate. A five minute break turns into an hour long I’d-rather-watch-Friends-than-work marathon. And we all know how that ten minute power nap never works. Procrastination is my middle name and I am trying to change that, especially now that I am nearing the end of my second year at university. So here’s one of my New Year’s resolutions. Putting a full stop to my procrastination endeavors. And here’s how I plan on doing it.
a) Seeking the motivation
Find out what motivates you the best and stay away from the things that demotivate or distract you. I have realized that studying in my room is not the best option for me. It is so easy to digress from my work. Your surroundings make a huge difference on the state of your mind. The library is the most ideal place for me to work in. Find yourself a study space that is motivating.
Keep a track of all the work that is done and all the work that is yet to be done. Make sure you write down the deadlines so you know how much time you have left before submission. This keeps you aware.
c) Time is precious (and so is chocolate)
If you fail to brush up on your time management skills, you may never stop struggling against procrastination. Don’t leave things to the last minute. And every time you achieve a task, reward yourself with a piece of delicious chocolate. Yum. Or give yourself a cup of refreshing tea. Treat yourself to an episode of your favourite show. Or go out for a ten minute walk with your friend. The prospect of a reward is sure to give you a motivational boost.
So…this is my New Year plan. What’s yours?
Peace out! 🙂