I like to consider myself the Queen of procrastination. I don’t think I have ever finished an assignment early. If I’m being honest, one of the most useful things college has taught me is how to write a paper in about 30 minutes. However, procrastination is not the key. If we all did what we were supposed to do earlier than it needs to be done, our lives would be so much easier. I’ve put together a few tips for you (and myself) on how to stop yourself from procrastinating, so we could all live less stressed lives.
GET A PLANNER!
Hence the bold font and the capital letters, this is the best tip I can give anyone, ever. Get a planner and write your entire life out. Your homework, exams, any events you might go to, when you’re hanging out with someone… when I say your entire life, I mean it. This makes everything so much easier! You will never forget your prior obligations and your life will have so much more order. Plus, there are so many cute planner options, you can even customize them if you’re feeling extra.
Make a To-Do List
If you know that you have a few important tasks you need to get done that day, make a list and follow it. Remember to make it realistic, only write down what you actually have to do. Put it in order from most important, being at the top, and least important at the bottom so that you can prioritize. For example, if you need to get your nails done but you also need to write your paper that is due that night, write your essay first and get your nails done after.
Tackle it Head on
When you remember you need to get something done, don’t automatically resort to saying “Oh, I’ll do that later”. You know why? Because you’re not going to get it done later. You’re going to lay in bed watching YouTube videos for what may seem like an hour, but before you know it, it’s dark outside and your entire day has flown right by. Do it right when you think about it, that way everything doesn’t pile up. A perfect example of this is when you get home from your long day and are excited to do absolutely nothing, you get home and change into your pajamas right away, leaving your clothes on the floor thinking you will put them away the next day. You know you’re not going to put it away anytime soon, so instead of having a pile of clothes on your bedroom floor for a couple weeks just put it away right after you change out of them. I know we’re all guilty of this.
Give yourself a reward for finishing a task! Referring back to my example from the to-do list tip, if you know you want to get your nails done and have to write an essay then write your essay right away so you can reward yourself by getting your nails done. It’s as simple as that and you’ll feel great after. Plus, you’ll have a bunch of free time and can do whatever your heart desires for the rest of that night!
The 8, 8, 8 Rule
There is 24 hours in an entire day. If you divide that up, you have 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of school/work, and 8 hours of doing whatever you want. Keep this rule in mind when you’re going about your day, and maybe make a schedule out of it.
Take a “You” Day
It’s okay to take a day for yourself. If you have no obligations that day, by all means, lay in bed all day and do nothing. Sometimes everyone needs that. Find something you love doing and do it often. Self care is so important, especially to relieve your stress! Remember that you are just as important as anything else you might have planned and don’t be afraid to say no if you’re taking too much on. Trust me, you’ll thank me for this one!