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In today’s post, I am going to be sharing 7 best ways you can beat procrastination this fall.
Procrastination is something that a lot of us face on a regular basis. After all, there is always something that needs our attention more than the task at hand, always a notification on our phones, and always something else that we’d rather be doing.
But the problem with procrastination is that, more often than not, it takes us away from things we should be doing to better our education, our mental health, our personal development, and health among others.
In this post, I will be sharing ways that I have been able to procrastinate less and get more done.
I still procrastinate from time to time, which I think is normal, but I have been able to drastically increase my productivity levels. Working full-time and running this blog has been a very good push for me to get myself organized and stop procrastinating. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be as active on the blog as I’d like.
So without further ado, here are things I do on a regular basis that help me beat procrastination and get a lot more done in a much shorter amount of time.
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7 Best Ways To Beat Procrastination This Fall
One of the best things I’ve discovered over the years was that I work best under a time constraint.
That’s where timers come in.
Whenever I need to get something done urgently, or just without procrastinating, I like to set a timer for an hour at a time and just WORK.
Something about the fact that time is literally ticking kicks my butt into gear and helps me stick to the task at hand rather than looking for any distraction to take my focus.
I also like to make sure that the timer I use is NOT on my phone, or else I’d probably just keep looking at it instead of working.
Having a clear plan or to-do list of what I want to accomplish helps me get so much more done than if I were just winging it.
Planning out my weeks has become a staple in my weekend routine. Along with a weekly plan, I also break down my daily tasks into to-do lists.
That helps me actually see how many tasks I have to do that day, and I can pretty much always figure out how much time I will need for each task.
You can grab a free weekly planner below to help jump-start your planning routine!
I think it’s safe to say that we all have goals, both long-term and short-term.
How many of us, however, stick to those goals?
It’s great to have goals like save money, lose weight or read more, but without having these goals visible to us every day, it’s hard to actually stick to them.
Writing down our goals and having them somewhere we are guaranteed to see them every day helps us remember them, and we, therefore, become more inclined to work towards them.
A trick I like to do is writing down my goals in my planner. Every month I write down what I want to accomplish that month, and because I use my planner almost daily, I see my goals all the time. This helps me remember them, and that helps with sticking to them.
Get the hardest thing done first
It’s easy to push the longest or hardest task to the end of your to-do list, but you will feel SO much better if you get it over and done with!
If something is going to take me a long time to complete, I make sure to finish it first just to get out of the way. Once that is done, you can then get to smaller tasks which will take you no time compared to the big task you just tackled.
Block out time for all your tasks
Scheduling your tasks by the hour is an excellent way to maximize your time. It is also super easy to do at the beginning of each day or as you are planning your week.
What I like to do, especially during busy days, is making a “schedule” of what I need to get done in specific time slots.
This allows me to clearly see when each task needs to be worked on, and that keeps me organized throughout the day.
Put your phone away
You knew this was coming, didn’t you? 🙂
Our phones can be super distracting, especially when we are not looking forward to doing something. The best way to combat not picking your phone up for every notification is by putting it on airplane mode OR turning off your data/wifi.
Most of my notifications come from some sort of app that uses the internet to connect, which makes turning my data off the perfect solution for me.
Think of the big picture
The last piece of advice I have for anybody who struggles with procrastination is to think about WHY you need to do the task at hand.
It can be easy to forget the big picture, so reminding yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing can help a lot with staying motivated.
Are you cleaning your home? Why? To live in a calming space/to have a clean home/to spend less time cleaning it later when it becomes a lot worse than it is now.
Are you doing homework? Why? To learn and gain knowledge/to get my degree/to get that kickass job I’ve wanted since I could remember.
I hope you enjoyed these tips on how to beat procrastination! If you have any tips that you’d like to share regarding how you like to stay productive, I’d love it if you left them in the comments!