Updated: Jan 30, 2020
Have you ever heard of the word
Procrastination is putting something off to avoid completing or making progress on a task. Some of us #procrastinate when we are studying for test, starting new projects, cleaning our rooms, and packing for a trip, etc. Whatever way you procrastinate, it usually stems from a feeling of fear, uncertainty, or disinterest in the task. Procrastination then manifests in the form of distractions - anything to help you avoid doing the thing you don't want to do.
The problem with procrastination is that the more we do it, the deeper we dig ourselves into a hole. For example, the more you put off starting that project, the less time you have to work on it. That can lead to us feeling even more anxiety!
So, the next time you catch yourself slipping into a procrastination hole, try some of these tips to help you climb your way out!
Make an outline for the task that needs to be completed.
On a piece of paper, write out what needs to be completed and how it needs to be completed. Create a calendar or timeline to help you manage your time. Make checklists to keep yourself on track. It's easier to tackle a big project when it's all laid out in front of you!
Eliminate the distractions
Procrastination feeds on distraction. Avoid working near a TV or a loud conversation. If you need to listen to music, try something instrumental - find a place where you can focus.
What does your procrastination look like? Let us know in the comments!
Figure out what is the most important, timely thing and tackle that first. Sometime we subconsciously distract ourselves with small things that are unimportant and then we are out of time! Keep yourself on schedule by prioritizing.
Reward yourself for small goals
It's easy to forget you are making progress when you don't recognize it! Reward yourself for the little accomplishments. Maybe 30 minutes of focused study equals 10 minutes of free time, or finishing homework on time means movie night!
Ask for help
If you are feeling overwhelmed, ask a friend or family member for help! It may just take an outside person to help you take a step back and come up with a plan.
If you are really having trouble staying focused and completing tasks, talk to your school's #GuidanceCounselor about time management. Guidance counselors are there to help YOU succeed!
If you ever need a quick and effective way to calm down and come back to your body, try this #BreathingTechnique:
8 seconds may seem like too long for an exhale, but try to just relax your lungs. Instead of pushing air out, just let your breath slowly release. You will almost immediately feel your muscles relax and heart rate slow.
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