So I've already failed not procrastinating. This post was supposed to go up on Thursday and I had another post scheduled for today, but I was so tired because of revision so I ended up not writing it, sorry! Anyway, I asked on Twitter if you wanted to see this post or the one I had scheduled, and it was 50/50, but I decided to do this one as it turns out I didn't have the stuff I needed for the other one!
So as I sit here, listening to Shawn Mendez and spending to much time writing this as I keep stopping to do odd dance moves *is it just me who thinks they sound better singing when you have earphones in?*, I am going to attempt at helping you solve an almost incurable problem.
- Make a To Do List and Put It Somewhere You Can See It All The Time - Also put the deadlines on here so that you are constantly reminded of when the task needs doing by. I found somewhere that you make a list on the notes app on your phone/tablet/iPad, screenshot it and set it as your lock screen, so that every time you go on your device, resulting in procrastination, you will be reminded of how busy you are.
- Turn Off All Distractions - Put all your devices in a draw/cupboard, power them off, put on silent to be sure. Just hide it. If its in your line of vision, you will be tempted to use it. And if you aren't willing to give up your devices, you could delete the apps off your phone, not games and stuff, social media apps, as you won't be able to go on them.
- Reminders - Whether it be on your phone, your mum yelling at you every five minutes, just get a reminder. Its also a good idea to have something in front of you that will remind you to do something. So if you are a YouTuber, set up your camera, if you are a blogger, leave your blog open on your laptop, if you are procrastinating from school work a) I wish you all the luck in the world and b) make a pile of all your school books on your desk.
- Negotiate With Yourself - Say something to yourself like "I you complete your physics homework, you can go on Instagram for 15 minutes", for example. I hate physics. Sorry, bit of a tangent. Your brain will then think you are getting a reward for doing a simple task, and will try and get it done as quickly as possible.
- Tell Other People - By making your 'to-do list' public (i.e. tweeting about it or telling your friends) there is added pressure to complete it, as people will ask if you have finished it yet. Also, they might offer to help you to get it done, bonus!
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