Today not tomorrow

Putting off procrastinating

It can be easy to put off a task until 'tomorrow', but sometimes tomorrow becomes a last minute rush. If you struggle with putting things off, try some of our top tips to put you back on track.

Think positive

One of the biggest reasons for procrastination is making a big deal out of something. It could be related to how tough, boring or painful the task could be. Instead try taking a step back and re-thinking what you need to do, focus on the goal rather than not liking the task. 

Plan your day

A great way to keep procrastination at bay is to plan your day. Figure out when you're most productive, whether you're a morning bird or a night owl and work that around your schedule. Try and start with the more difficult tasks as getting through that barrier will make the following jobs easier. 

Be realistic

As you create your plan for work set yourself up for success. Take the time that you need rather than trying to force a large project into a much shorter amount of time. 

Focus!

Your environment when you work can help or stop your work, especially if you have a bunch of distractions around you. Find an environment which is quiet and comfortable and try putting your phone on 'do not disturb' to stop a notification from letting you procrastinate. 

Reward yourself

Figure out a reward to have once your task is complete. Whether it's checking your social media or watching an episode of your favourite show, reward yourself once you've completed what you planned. Instead of using the tasks as distractions to procrastinate make them motivation tools to help you do what you need to do. 

Forgive yourself

Don't beat yourself up for what happened in the past. If you've procrastinated something then forgive yourself and re-plan what you need to do to finish. Understanding why you've put off something in the past will help you tackle it in the future. 

Drop the perfectionism

With perfectionism something is either perfect or failure. Thinking in an all-or-nothing way will stop you from finishing any task. Focus on getting the job done, or work with a partner which can help curb the perfectionism. 


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