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What are some tips on not procrastinating on your work?

I am very guilty of waiting until the last minute to do assignments. #procrastination #needtogetaheadofthegame #struggle

Thank you comment icon Hi again Delaini! One thing you can try is to start working as soon as you get home, because you don't want to interrupt the productive mood you're in from school. You can also make a big checklist of all the things you need to complete (and all the things you were "going to do tomorrow") and motivate yourself by thinking about how satisfying it will be when you can check it all off and be free of anxiety. You can also reward yourself along the way with snacks for completing small tasks. In addition, keep someone productive and organized near you to keep you in check if you get off task. Most importantly though, it's about directing the energy you were going to use to procrastinate and/or make excuses to finish the assignment(s) you been avoiding. You can do it, I believe in you! Mireia

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Barbara’s Answer

This is a very common issue with many of us. The first step is acknowledging it and making it a priority to stay focused. Make of a list of each task you must accomplish, short and to the point is best. Now you need to prioritize your to do's. Once you have prioritized you may need to break down bigger projected into smaller action items which is ok but ensure you make a sub list and list them in order to complete those as well. Now take each item one by one. You will need to step yourself up for success. Ensure you have everything you need to complete the task at hand before you begin to engage - if you don't you may be setting yourself up for other distractions as you are trying to retrieve the other items, which will then led to further procrastination on this task. Once you start on the items on the list, stay focused on it until that item is complete (even if its just a sub list item). Once you have checked an item off the list acknowledge/celebrate your success. Refocus and move on to the next item.
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Vivian’s Answer

I've found myself pondering this same question over the years Delaini! I'm a firm believer in the value of digging a bit into the "why" behind something to help unveil potential solutions. Here's an article that could help uncover some insights and inspire your next steps!

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fearless-you/201506/9-reasons-you-procrastinate-and-9-ways-stop
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Suzanne’s Answer

Hi Delaini - You're already ahead of the game by asking how you can change your procrastination! That's a great start :). A couple of things to think about:
1) Organize the thing you need to get done into smaller pieces so that it's not so overwhelming. If you have a bigger project deadline in a few weeks, do a little bit each night and specify how long you'll spend each night.
2) Start with things you enjoy rather the things that you don't want to do. Once you get started, you'll have the momentum to get through the things that aren't as enjoyable.
3) Get rid of any distractions you may have. Constantly texting your friends or on social media? Turn off your phone and the notifications so you aren't distracted. Go to a quiet room without a tv. Put on a little soothing music to get you motivated - and get to it :).

This is a good video in case that's easier to digest. Keep it simple - don't overcomplicate it. Good luck!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvcx7Y4caQE
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