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Back to School Tips: Defeat Procrastination

A school girl sitting in a chaire with one leg up. elbow resting on knee, with a pencil touching her forehead.

Your deadline is approaching, and your focus is diverted from your work to miscellaneous activities such as checking email and social media, watching videos, and browsing through blogs and forums. Despite knowing you should be working, you don't want to.

Procrastination is a well-known phenomenon. We procrastinate by wasting our free time and delaying important tasks until they're too late. Panic and regret over not getting started earlier intensify.

People who are chronic procrastinators spend years trapped in this cycle. They delay, put off things, slack, hide from work, and only face it when they have no choice but to do so. These habits delay them from reaching their full potential.

Below are some steps on how to avoid procrastinating:

1. Optimize your work environment.

A poor work atmosphere can make you postpone work, whilst a positive work environment can boost your productivity. As a result, you should strive to improve your workplace by making it a location where you can concentrate on your tasks easily. Chronic procrastinators should pay special attention to this since they typically tend to accumulate a lot of clutter, which they find difficult to eliminate even though they believe it decreases their quality of life. If this is a problem, tidying up your workspace will make you feel better, which will increase your focus on work.

2. Eliminate distractions

3. Gamify your behavior

4. Create Streaks

5. Reward yourself

6. Take breaks

7. Reflect and improve

Procrastination can be difficult to overcome, but if willing to take the required measures to formulate a solid plan of action and then put in the effort to carry out the plan of action, you have a very high chance of succeeding in doing so. These back-to-school tips will help in decreasing your procrastination throughout the learning journal.


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