Tackling the procrastination problem

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Alright, so we made all these goals and plans, but where should we start and how should we go about putting them into practice?

Procrastination is a lot of people's personal nemesis. So, after setting all those goals for your life and resolutions for this year, the first thing to do is to tackle the procrastination problem.

With this in mind, here's a list of ways to go about it:

  • Schedule your life on paper

    When you schedule tasks that you have to do on a planner or a notebook, the feeling of actually getting through the to-do list and crossing them out with a pen is very liberating. It feels like an achievement!
    Try to actually use a planner - when a week gets hectic it's easy to feel so overwhelmed with work that you lose yourself and forget about your planner, which inevitably results in not getting much done. Have you got your 2016 planner, already?

  • Set up some kind of reward system

    Attributing yourself a reward after finishing a task is a great motivational tactic. If you manage to get through all your tasks early, you'll have more time during the evening to wind down before going to bed, which is something that you should strive for, as working late only brings fatigue on the next day and little productivity.

  • Look at the big picture

    If we just think of an uncompleted task as one tiny slip-up, we'll keep doing it without ever realizing that that's how we never seem to achieve our goals in the end. That being said, thinking about the long-term effects of completing all those tasks (and this might be more related to studying) will really make you understand the importance of not missing them.

  • Get up early!

    This is one of the most important rules. It might differ from person to person, but usually people are most productive in the morning period, but that is if they've had a good night's sleep. So, turn in early and get up early and ready to start working! If you finish early, you'll have the rest of the day to do whatever you like. If you wake up late, walk around groggy in your pajamas, you'll spend the whole day thinking about a task you have to complete and never actually getting any work done or having any fun, which equals not enjoying your daily life as much.

  • Run from temptation!

    If you often find yourself eyeing your computer and wishing you could be watching a movie or just procrastinating on the internet, get away from the temptations! Leave your computer or whatever it is that distracts you behind and go study or work somewhere else (to a coffee-shop or a library, for example). Also, avoid texting while you're studying or working, it keeps getting you side-tracked and if you force yourself to stop what you're doing every minute to answer a text, you'll never get into the 'productive zone'. 

  • Schedule free days 

    Nobody likes feeling like they have work to do every day and are always trying to cram some fun or free time in between. Divide your tasks between the various days of the week and try to leave a free day for you to do whatever you like.
  • Remember why that goal was important to you

    The key to keeping yourself motivated is staying ambitious. If, along the way, you forget how much you wanted to be successful in the beginning, you'll lose that and eventually you will find yourself not caring very much about whether you complete your tasks or not.
    Make a mood board next to your work/study area, if you like. It'll make you remember your goals and if it looks pretty, that's a bonus!

We hope these tips help you!

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