I’ll Do It Later…

Procrastination, literally everyone does it. In fact, I’m doing it right now as I’m writing this. There are a ton of other things that I could be doing but I currently choose to write this post. As a former IB student, we often prided ourselves on the idea that we could work on a limited time span. We were known for our procrastination. It’s not that we did not care about our work, we just had a bunch of other duties to think of. That is often one of the most common reasons for procrastination. I have too much to do, in too little time. However, procrastination can be extremely detrimental. For example, if you have an exam and hold off on studying you often face the consequences of getting a bad grade. Correspondingly, I can attest to how waiting to do the laundry adds up to a mountain of clothes in your room. Nobody wants that. Likewise, procrastination takes eventually takes away from your free time. Whether its cramming for the exam or having to fold the mountain of clothes, your life would be easier if you worked ahead. One of my goals this year was to be more organized. Organization is one of the key factors when combating procrastination. Well how do you become more organized? Planning! I am a huge fan of making to-do lists. You can make one for the day or for the week. Having a tentative plan of what you have to do really sets you up for a better day. The next tip I would have to say is to make small goals. Don’t load your to-do list with a bunch of intangible goals. In order to accomplish your goals you need to make them managible. For instance, instead of making a goal to finish a paper, study for the math test, and clean your room, make a goal to just finish your paper. Adding up the little goals that you make really helps you stay motivated. Furthermore, I advise anyone who wants to stop procrastinating to reward yourself for the little goals that you make. If you finish studying for biology, then you can watch a couple of episodes of your favorite TV show. It’s all about finding balance between work and play. Giving yourself a reward is a wonderful incentive to keep you on track. Additionally, work on your most tedious task first. Once you knock out the hardest task, everything else will come along smoothly. I also want to warn you to limit distractions. Distractions are everywhere but if you make a concrete effort to avoid them, you will be less likely to procrastinate. Avoiding distractions can simply be changing your venue, or turning off the tv. One of the biggest distractions we have now adays is our cell phones. If you are trying to do something important, turn off your cell phone. Trust me, it works every time. Well, that’s about it. I hope you found my tips helpful. I hope you stop procrastinating. Go out and do something.