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5 Ways to Avoid Procrastination

Updated: Nov 26, 2020


Procrastination is a prevalent bad habit, mostly occurring amongst teenagers and young adults. Studies have found that nearly 75% of students believe that they procrastinate, and around 50% do so regularly. The three most common ways people procrastinate nowadays are watching TV, sleeping, or using social media.


Procrastination can be harmful to your mind and body. Researches have shown that procrastination is linked to low self-esteem, fear of failure, and mental health problems like anxiety and depression.


So how can you overcome this habit? We present to you 5 ways to avoid procrastination.


5 Ways to Avoid Procrastination

1. Organize

You won’t begin your tasks unless you have a set plan. Create a daily or a weekly planner and organize your tasks in order of difficulty and importance. You can also use a calendar management app to set deadlines to motivate yourself.


2. Set Achievable Goals

Avoid making vague promises to yourself. Instead of saying, "I'll study chemistry today," say, "I will complete chapter 5 of the chemistry book by the end of the day." Doing so will help you get started on your tasks, making them less daunting.


3. Get Rid of All Distractions

One of the proven ways to avoid procrastination is to eliminate all distractions from your study or workspace. Ensure you are situated in a quiet corner with no people or pets around to disturb you. Keep your phone miles away if you can. Try to sit in a room where there is no TV and sit far away from your bed at all times.


4. Do the Hard Tasks First

Keep your challenging tasks on top priority. You are fresher when you first start studying or working, so getting done with the hard tasks first will seem easier. You will also be more relaxed towards the end with only easy tasks left.


5. Challenge Yourself!

People also procrastinate because they tend to get bored with the nature of the task. This happens especially when there is redundancy in work. Challenge yourself and make your tasks harder so you are motivated to complete them and gain a sense of satisfaction and achievement.


If procrastination hinders your work, studies and self-growth now is time to do something about it. Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Follow these 5 ways to avoid procrastination to achieve better results in everything that you do.


--Morgan


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