We've all been there, whether you're the most productive person on earth or the laziest person on earth. At some point all of us have procrastinated doing something and with the new school year just starting, we all want to become better people and students. We tell ourselves every year that this will be my year and I'll do everything I can to not leave things till the last minute.
Fast forward to exam time and we're wondering what our grades are because you haven't been to class in the last 3 weeks. It happens to the best of us... But it's time to get over that and really truly have the best school year. I came up with some tips that I feel like are the most practical and will help you out in this stressful year, no matter what year you're going into. If you work hard and you listen to these 10 tips on how to stop procrastinating, you'll be the badass bitch you've always wanted to be. And you'll hopefully have the grades to show it ;)
1. Change your environment.
I know, it's so much better to sit at home in your sweats and lay in bed while writing a paper. But do you ever actually get anything done? Probably not. Getting up, getting dressed and changing your environment is actually proven to help you concentrate better. Go to a local coffee shop and don't let yourself leave until you feel accomplished. You'll be more inclined to get stuff done with no distractions and watching Netflix in the middle of Starbucks isn't exactly #relatable.
2. Turn your phone off or put it on airplane mode.
Sounds obvious, but it actually does work. If your phone is constantly going off, you won't be able to focus. So put your phone in another room and don't touch it until you're where you need to be.
3. Listen to classical music.
It has been proven on multiple occasions that listening to classical music helps the brain focus while relaxing it as well. Another benefit of classical music is that it releases anxiety, so it's beneficial if you're cramming for a stressful exam.
4. Stop telling yourself you work better under pressure.
Tell yourself you don't work well under pressure instead. Make it a goal to tell yourself this whenever you get an assignment because you are just making excuses for being lazy. Starting work ahead of time is actually such a good feeling, so try it out if you haven't!
5. Bargain with yourself.
If you need to get a paper done by Sunday night but it's your BFFs birthday on Saturday night, bargain with yourself. Tell yourself if you stay in and work all night on Friday and all day Saturday, you'll be able to make it. Give yourself a good source of motivation to finish your assignment and not last minute.
6. Only let yourself check social media on breaks.
Meaning going to the bathroom, making food, and eating should be the only times you check your phone. If you get sucked into the world of social media while trying to work, it's so hard to get out of that. If you truly want to check social media, tell yourself you can after writing the next paragraph or when you finish the design you're working on. Again, give yourself motivation to check your phone.
7. Stop stressing out!
Easier said than done, but once we start stressing that something is too big for us to handle, we automatically don't want to do it. If a task does seem too big for you to handle, split it up into bits. If you have a 40 page paper due in two weeks, no, you won't be able to get that done in one night. Please don't even try. But if you split it up doing 10 pages over 4 days, that sounds more realistic.
8. Go to the gym/take care of yourself.
We've all learnt how good working out is for us, but it's especially healthy for us when we're stressed out. You can kick your own ass at the gym and then go home and have all the energy in the world without that caffeine crash. You're also taking care of yourself in multiple ways if you make working out a priority, even if it's just for a 20 minute walk. You'll feel so refreshed.
9. Avoid caffeine and use essential oils instead.
Most people rely on caffeine to get them through the day. However, that mid-afternoon crash that you get? Not fun, and it always makes you reach for another cup of Joe. Instead, try ditching the coffee and try out essential oils! They're a natural remedy for so many things, and can be used for literally anything. Emotionally, physically, mentally, essential oils don't discriminate. I suggest buying an essential oil diffuser and using this blend to keep you focused:
- 8 drops of grapefruit essential oil
- 5 drops of basil essential oil
- 5 drops of bergamot essential oil
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil
*You can also buy blends that are already mixed!*
10. Start as soon as you wake up in the morning.
We're all guilty of using the phrase "After this episode I'll start studying". But you and I both know that won't happen. Starting earlier in the day will make your chance of procrastinating later so much less. You will feel accomplished and will want to keep going. If you start at the end of the day, you're more likely to be too tired to concentrate or to find reasons why you should push it off 'till tomorrow. If you have all day and you start right away, it's amazing how much you can actually get done.
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