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How to Beat Procrastination

We all promised ourselves we wouldn’t procrastinate this semester, but at some point we get distracted and lose all motivation. Here are a few tips to beat that procrastination (because we all want that 4.0)!

According to Psychology Today, “Procrastination in large part reflects our perennial struggle with self-control as well as our inability to accurately predict how we’ll feel tomorrow, or the next day.”  On the bright side, there are numerous ways to overcome this.

Surround yourself with motivated people. If you’re the type who tells yourself to go to the gym but actually doesn’t, then get a gym buddy or group that will work out with you.  You can even find a fun workout Youtube video and play your favorite music (just not during quiet hours) or run up and down the Carrier Dome stairs with a friend.

Keep moving. I know as procrastinators, we avoid doing things we have to get done.  Sometimes the best thing to do is to have a change in scenery or just take a walk to get your blood pumping.

Give yourself a schedule (time blocks). Create a rough schedule where you can literally cross out each task that you’ve done.  Plan your day ahead so you can work with a set time slot to finish your assignment.  If you know you have an entire day to finish a paper, then you’ll end up saying to yourself that you can do it later.  Fill up your day with a club activity, getting lunch with friends, etc.  Instead of spending that time procrastinating, you could put it towards doing other things.

Treat yo’self. Give yourself a little reward each time you finish something. You can set shorter goals or longer goals. For example, treat yourself to a frozen yogurt down on Marshall once you’ve finished your term paper or watch thirty minutes of your favorite movie after reading a chapter for class. Be sure to mix up the rewards too.

DIY agendas/calendars. Decorating your room with cute sticky notes or festive calendar printouts will make you want to look at your reminders even more.

By: Allison Leung

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