Steps on How to Beat Procrastination

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Steps on How to Beat Procrastination

 This is a post by Elyse H., our Spring Creek Academy High School Ambassador. If you would like to be part of our Intern Queen High School Ambassador program, then comment below!
 
 
Procrastination- the main factor that can inhibit you from producing your best work. I have experienced countless nights of no sleep, migraine filled study sessions, and aftermath eye bags that cucumbers can&t cure. Whether there&s a lack of motivation to complete work in a timely manner, or perhaps there&s an overloaded of work that fails to be attended to, overcoming this deadly habit is never easy. If you&ve been in the same boat as I have, here are three tips that will leave you feeling rested and accomplished.
  1. Get a planner. By organizing your assignments for school, writing down your shifts for work, and so on, you&ll be able to determine how much time each tasks will take. If it&s an assignment, write the due date on the day it&s assigned, as well as on the day when it&s handed in. I prefer color coordinating my schedule with five different highlighters for each subject. Although it may seem like overkill, it helps me to get a clear picture of what needs to be done. You can find planners at your local Walmart, Target, Staples, or Office Depot. If you run out of luck, google.com can surely fix that for you.
  2. Keep work before play. Seeing the latest movie with a bunch of your friends seems way more appealing than staying home to complete an essay, but at the end of the night, you&ll feel so much better about being responsible. After the work is finished, go ahead and reward yourself! Maybe an extra two hours of sleep will do the trick, or perhaps a mid-afternoon shopping spree, whatever you prefer. Just keep your priorities in line, stay focused, and make sure you get everything taken care of before hanging out.
  3. Purchase a calendar for your bedroom. Generally, planners are equipped with calendars inside them, but for extra reinforcement, purchase a large calendar for your room. I have one that sits on my desk. Being that all my work is completed there, I record due dates and assignments on the calendar where my laptop is placed. It helps to see a second reminder, especially if you lose your planner before a big exam, or forget to take it out of your locker. It&s an extra boost that will help you stay organized!
Hopefully, following these three tips will help you slowly overcome the procrastination bug. Remember ladies and &gents, you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. Now go finish that paper!