Today is the last day of classes before finals (where did the semester go??) so of course the library is full, the coffee is flowing, and everyone is “literally so stressed”. If you’re like me, you struggle with a slight procrastination problem. While I am a generally productive person, I tend to have trouble sometimes getting started on the work I need to do. Here are some tips to help you stop procrastinating:
Tip One- Control the Social Media Time Suck: Aimlessly scrolling through Instagram and Facebook can eat up hours of study time. While deleting these apps is a big commitment, simply turning off notifications and badge app icons (the red dots that tell you you have 2 unopened Snapchats) can help reduce the appeal of checking the apps every time you open your phone. You can also try to only check social media once a day (for example, after all of your work is complete) or leave your phone at home when you go to the library.
Tip Two- Be a Productive Procrastinator: If you really are not in the mood to start reviewing for a boring course, don’t just waste time doing nothing. Create a list of productive things you can do such as cleaning or going to the gym and choose something on the list to do instead.
Tip Three- Lists: Creating a to do list for each day allows you to not only know what you need to get done but crossing things off can be motivation to do them! And once your daily tasks are completed you can spend time doing something fun (like aimlessly scrolling through Instagram and Facebook).
Tip Four- Find Your Happy Place: Try to figure out the time of day that you are most productive and the place where you get the most done. I have learned this year that I am most productive outside of my room (so the library or another spot on campus) and in the morning before lunch. Take advantage of this time and find a place that works for you!
Those are my tips to beat procrastination, good luck with finals everyone!