6 Tips Everyone Should Know to Fight Procrastination

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Students procrastinate because they dread studying. Adults procrastinate probably because we want to avoid a daunting task in hand. No matter which stage of life we’re at, procrastination never seems to stop haunting us. 

If you’re procrastinating and came across this article, read on to find out some scientifically proved tips that help you get back to work! 

  1. Choose one task to focus on
focus - AJ KUMAR
Taken from: http://ajkumar.com/how-do-you-define-success/focus/ 

Sometimes, we don’t want to do anything because the list seems never-ending. Well, it’s time to face it. Pick your battles wisely. Choose only one task to focus on and make a commitment to complete the task within a given time frame before moving on to the next.

  1. Never start tomorrow 
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Taken from: https://medium.com/techjuice-pakistan/10-ways-to-stop-procrastinating-and-start-working-cd101d1bc1ea 

How many times have you told yourself ‘It’s okay. I’ll do it tomorrow.’? The truth is, if you don’t start today, you probably won’t start tomorrow. The outcome is just like the picture: doing it at the very last minute or not doing it at all! Take immediate action and start today once you’ve narrowed down to the task you want to do. 

  1. The miracle of 5 minutes
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Taken from: https://www.capspire.com/5-minute-settlement/ 

According to research, this is one of the best ways to overcome procrastination. Identify a mini step that takes less than 5 minutes to complete and helps move the task forward, even if it’s only by a little. Then set a timer for 5 minutes and begin doing the step. Unfinished tasks are more likely to stay in your brain. Therefore, once you start on the step, you will most likely want to finish the task. 

  1. Power through with rest 
REST, You're doing it wrong. – Chapman World
Taken from: https://chapmanworld.com/2017/05/31/rest-youre-doing-it-wrong/ 

Put away everything that distracts you, for example, your mobile phones or tablets, and concentrate on your work in small blocks of time, which can be around 15 to 20 minutes. After each block, have a short period of rest time so as to maximise productivity. 

Studies have shown that our brains go through ups and downs. Your output will improve upon balancing work with relaxation time.

  1. Cross it off 

Let’s face it: You are probably not going to do everything in your ‘To Do’ list. If you think you are never going to do something, why do you leave it there? Consider letting it go and cross the thing off your list!

  1. Reward yourself 
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Taken from: https://www.brightermonday.co.ke/blog/reward-yourself-workplace/

This works particularly well with some people. Decide on a reward that you will give yourself once you finish the task. This can be a form of motivation for you to finish the task as quickly as possible and avoid procrastination. 

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