8 Foolproof Ways to Beat Procrastination

Do you put the pro in procrastinate? We hear you! When you’ve got a ton of work that needs to get done, even cleaning your room somehow becomes so much more tempting. We know how stressful this can be, which is why we decided to share some foolproof ways to beat procrastination!

 

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1. Break up big assignments. 

Understandably, it’s hard getting yourself to sit down and tackle an assignment when you plan on doing the entire thing in one sitting. Instead, break up your work into smaller and less overwhelming chunks. For example, plan on doing the research for your project one day, the planning the next day, and so on.

 

2. Use a planner.

Using a planner will help you map out when everything needs to be done. Sometimes all it takes it a visual aid to help you get started on your work!

 

3. Change your environment.

When you work in your dorm room, there’s a world of distractions at your fingertips. It’s so easy to make excuses like, “Just one more episode!” Find a nice quiet spot in the library, instead.

 

4. Take care of any distractions.

Speaking of distractions, there are other ways you can avoid them besides just changing your environment! Make sure you don’t have an empty stomach, turn your phone on silent, and look into tools like Freedom or StrictWorkflow, which will temporarily block any distracting sites and apps.

 

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5. Reward Yourself.

Whether it’s buying those new shoes you’ve been eyeing or treating yourself to a night out with friends, a reward is a great incentive to start your work. Figure out what kind of reward works best for you!

 

6. Take note of your excuses.

Sometimes, you don’t even realize you’re making excuses! Common excuses include not having enough time, being too tired, or feeling too hungry. Work on recognizing these excuses, and then find a way to squash them instead of giving in to them.

 

7. Write down your to-do list.

Seeing your responsibilities written in front of you often gives you the kick you need to get started on your work. Those tasks will still be there staring at you until you can cross them off of your list! Just remember that it’s okay to break big projects up into smaller chunks. You don’t want to end up overwhelming yourself!

 

8. Ask a buddy for help.

Let one of your friends know that you plan on spending the next hour studying or doing homework, and then ask them if they can check up on you periodically. If you know someone will be making sure you’re working, you probably won’t want to slack off in front of the TV instead.

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These are some of our best tips for fighting procrastination, but we want to know what works for you! Share your tips with us in the comments below.

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  1. Anonymous student says:

    I have tried all this but it doesnt work

  2. Selena Ramos says:

    Great ideas!

  3. Hammy says:

    I’m only reading this to avoid getting started on my homework

  4. Marcus Knox says:

    Uninstall apps, turn phone off or leave phone elsewhere works wonders. Otherwise, think of the grades you want, and your current activity. Does this activity produce those grades?

  5. Probably not Mark says:

    I’m in lab right now, reading to avoid doing my work…

  6. Sandra Unorji says:

    Nice! Thanks for the tips

  7. Aubrey M says:

    Breaking up big assignments does help, especially long papers. Thanks for the tips.

  8. Jeannette says:

    This article was my procrastination. I should be doing a research paper on a medical situation, instead I am reading and writing a reply so that I won’t do my research paper. Well I guess it didn’t work for me, especially since I am still typing this reply.

  9. V.V says:

    These are good tips which I try to do.However, some can’t apply to me.For example I commute. Its very true that just like a dorm once I’m home there’s a ton of distractions and it’s hard to focus on school. and I can’t just stay at school late because I have a child I need to get home to. Also being tired isn’t am excuse. I’m seriously always tired and it’s something I struggle with everyday. I can’t force myself to stay up, at a certain point my body just falls asleep. Also having to spend time wit my daughter sounds like an excuse but she needs the attention. I somehow seem to get the work done in the end though. If anyone has tips for balancing my work better and having more energy I’d appreciate

  10. I'd rather not says:

    Great tips! Now, for my own nugget. Sometimes I put off confusing work because I am not sure that my efforts will amount to a successful job. Like anyone else, I don’t want to appear stupid or inadequate, so I wait until the last minute to start the assignment. This allows me to blame my failure on my lack of time, rather than my actual lack of effort. A way I’ve been combating this is by telling myself that everybody is stupid and inadequate in some way. This actually lightens the pressure and allows me to start my work sooner.

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