Life Hack: 6 Ways to Overcome Procrastination

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Do you often find yourself procrastinating or putting things on the back burner? Perhaps, you've procrastinated in completing your homework, doing laundry or dishes? Procrastination can easily rob you of the opportunity to achieve your goals. Whatever the task, procrastination can be hard to overcome but don't worry, we've got you covered. Let's overcome procrastination together!

Here are 6 ways you can overcome procrastination in your life:

Make a To-Do List

There is a type of gratification that occurs when you get to check-off a task on your to-do list. Try creating a list of tasks, homework assignments or errands. This will not only help you stay on track but will give you a confidence boost once an item is complete.

Make It a Habit

Making responsibilities into habits can help you with procrastination. By forging habits, you are able to train your body to complete tasks during specific times or days. For example, if you make a habit of doing laundry on Sunday, when that day comes, you are able to remember to do it. Try making a habit of completing your homework during specific days and times of the week. You may even want to set a reoccurring "alarm" on your cell phone to remind you to do the task as you work to make it a habit.

Break It Into Small Pieces

Breaking down an assignment into smaller pieces makes it seem less daunting. If you can, break the assignment into sections from the beginning to the end. If you have an essay to write, you can start with just writing the outline. Then, the next day you can write the body paragraphs and the next day you can edit the essay. This will help enhance your creativity and lengthen your attention span.

Take Planned Breaks

Take a break after an hour of whatever your task may be. Plan your breaks. During your breaks you can go on a walk for ten minutes, eat a snack, or grab some water. Make sure that what you do during your planned breaks is not something that will hold you back from jumping right back into your task. It might be helpful to set a timer for your breaks, too.

Keep Track of Time

Set an alarm on your phone or timer for an hour to do your assignment. If you finish in an hour, great! If you don’t, take a planned break for ten minutes and then set the timer again for another hour. Keeping track of time while you are doing an assignment will help you focus on the direct task in front of you.

Picture the End Goal

There are no words for the feeling that you get, when you reach a goal you thought you could never achieve. During times that you feel like procrastinating, think of the finish line. Imagine the feeling of walking across the stage receiving your diploma. Hold onto that as inspiration to go the course. Remember, you can do it!

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