Five ways to procrastinate less

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It’s a new year, and that means a fresh, new start. 2016 needs to start off strong, and a common New Year’s resolution is to procrastinate less. But it’s tough to stick to, especially with modern conveniences and distractions, so this resolution almost always ends up getting broken. Here are some tricks to help you say “no” to “I’ll do it later.”

1. Make a to-do list with check boxes. Write down simple but necessary tasks, and be specific. What the list does is that is breaks down your work schedule to short, easy blocks. It’s efficient, and has been scientifically proven to help with procrastination. Plus, it feels redeeming whenever you check off each box, making it all the more satisfying when the job’s done.

2. Give yourself some motivation. After completing a few tasks, give yourself a small reward for getting them done. You can also give yourself a time limit if you work best under pressure, or you can make a punishment, like not playing a game or watching a show, if you fail to do what needs to be done.

3. Have someone help you. Call up a friend or family member that can help remind you of your work or keep track of your tasks. They can even motivate you while or after you work. If you’re involved in a group project, have a classmate work with you so that you can both get your shares of work done.

4. Focus on doing one thing at a time. Multi-tasking is actually less efficient than only doing one task, so don’t give yourself too much work. You’ll also be less likely to make a mistake this way since your attention is on one thing and not divided among five others.

5. Take a break if necessary. If you’re too distracted to work, relax for a few minutes and clear your head. Make sure not to put off your work; that break is only for a little bit!

If you want to read more into procrastinating less or even stopping it altogether, you can do so here. I wish you the best of luck!

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