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by Lord Muro
Procrastination is a serious issue facing many of us, especially in the gloomy winter months when homework is the last thing we want to do. After days of procrastinating on this article, I have compiled a list of tips to help you get your work done without staying up until three or four in the morning.
Procrastination is the art of avoiding a task that needs to be done by doing less important tasks. We all, from time to time, have procrastinated. You can procrastinate anything from pulling the weeds in the yard, to having to write that article for your newspaper class. If you don’t have any personal motivation for the task, it only seems like more of an effort of carrying it out.
Tip #1 Close Distractions
One major way to stop procrastinating is to get rid of distractions. Sign out of social media, move the TV remote to the other side of the room and actually close the door to the room you’re working in.The Buzzfeed Articles on “What Disney Prince are you?” or “Would you survive The Hunger Games?” can wait. The guaranteed way to not procrastinate with these examples is to close all distractions. If you struggle to stop looking at social media on your phone, there are apps you can get, like Forest for Android or FocusNow for iPhone. Both of these turn focusing into a game where you get points for how long you concentrate on a task.
Tip #2 Get a Good “Why”
It’s common sense that it is easier to get yourself to do something that you value. If you’re struggling to get something done, why not spend a few minutes thinking more deeply about exactly why you want to do it. If you’re procrastinating a project for a class, focus on wanting to get a good grade on it so you can get a good grade for the class. Then that will be on your transcript, so you can go to a good college. It may be a seem a bit excessive for an English paper during your second semester of freshman year, but it does push you to get it done.
Tip #3 Be an Optimist
When doing anything, if you go into it with a negative attitude, that is exactly what you’ll get in your product. When working on something, focus on the good. Be positive and say things like “Okay, I only have this much to go.” Be an optimist. Sometimes it helps to break things down into manageable sections and then give yourself a reward when you complete that section. Maybe you get a snack after five math questions, or a three minute Twitter break after 200 words. Either of these can make you feel more successful and optimistic about being able to finish your task.