Five ways to stop procrastinating
When your new normal involves studying from home, beating procrastination can become even trickier. Here’s five ways to keep your studies on track while ignoring the siren song of Netflix calling to you in the background…
1. In the zone
If you do nothing else, the key to facing procrastination head on is to set up a good study space, both physically and figuratively. If you’re lucky enough to have a separate room, assign this space to studying only. Otherwise, rearrange your bedroom or find a quiet corner for your desk (assignment greatness rarely comes when you’re slumped over on the couch…).
But here’s what makes the difference – this is your study zone only.
It can’t merge into the studying/watching Netflix/staring out the window zone.
Set the intention that the only reason you are in that space is to study. If you need to make a phone call or take a break, leave that area behind, relax, and when you’re ready, get back into the zone.
2. Block it out
Falling down a social media rabbit hole is an easy trap. And once the scrolling begins, it can be impossible to stop. This is where blocking apps come in.
A good one to install is Offtime, as not only will it block you from a mindless TikTok session with no end in sight, but it can keep you off apps, games and even text messages. The best part is it also highlights how much time you’re really wasting on your phone. Perhaps this can be the wake-up call you’ve been looking for?
3. Know yourself
Whether you’re an early bird who likes getting your research done first thing in the morning or a night owl who does the lion’s share of assignment prep after dark, take a moment to think about which one rings true for you. If you’re in your study space, your phone is off, the door is shut, but… something’s not right, there could be more to it.
Think hard not just about where you like to work, but when. Trying to force a study session on yourself when you’re not at your best is just going to lead to more delays and self-recriminations.
4. Speak up
Whether you have regular chats with your bestie, your mum or your online bud from the other side of the world, you need to let them know you’re struggling with procrastination and it’s time to set limits on your availability.
Schedule your study time and let the people most likely to contact you know when this is. Don’t forget to tell them that your phone will be off – or at least on silent if that’s all you can manage for now.
5. Take it outside
For some of us, just thinking about a looming due date can cause so much stress that it’s hello Instagram, goodbye study time. Instead of hoping for a miracle, take it outside.
Exercising with a walk around the block, or further if you have time, could be the change of scene you need.
So, take a breath, regroup. Then get back on track.
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