How To Easily Stop Procrastinating

Everyone is occasionally guilty of procrastinating! Here are some very easy ways to stop procrastinating.

 

1. Try Positive Procrastination

If you are feeling super lazy, try using your procrastination to your advantage. You can leverage tasks by writing down a list of things that you need to do  – and then start by completing the easiest task. This methodical method means that you are much more likely to start working as you are setting yourself a fairly easy target.

Completing the easiest tasks first means that you can put off the hardest tasks, but it means that you are still working and getting into a productive flow. Once you have finished the first few tasks you will be feeling more productive so it will be easier to complete the difficult tasks, and they will seem less overwhelming as you will already have ticked a few things off your to-do list.

 

2. Work On Your Mood

If you are in a bad mood you are much more likely to procrastinate, as you are more likely to think that you should improve your mood by doing something fun.

When you are in a bad mood you are less likely to knuckle down and work, as you feel like you deserve to do something that makes you happy. On the other hand, if you are already in a good mood you won’t be thinking about how you can improve your mood, so you are more likely to work.

Try to improve your mood quickly by watching a YouTube video or chatting to a friend – but remember that you are improving your mood so that you can be productive!

 

3. Break Tasks Up

Big tasks can seem overwhelming, and one of the main causes of procrastination is the feeling of dread. The task seems so big that you know it will take a long time to complete, and this can be disheartening.

If you can relate to this, break the tasks up into smaller, more manageable chunks. Sure, writing a 10 page essay is overwhelming – but writing an introduction isn’t too hard, and you can do that in less than an hour.

What do you think of my suggestions? Do you think that they will help you to procrastinate less? Let me know with a comment!

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10 PRODUCTIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO IN YOUR FREE TIME

If you have a big chunk of free time, it is best to spend it with your friends or family, relaxing and enjoying yourself. However, if you only have a couple of minutes or quarter of an hour, it is often more useful to do a little productive task to make your life easier.

Here are 10 productive ways to fill a spare five minutes!

 

  1. Use the time to clear out your inbox and respond to any important emails.
  2. Do you have a friend or a co-worker that you need to speak to? Use this as a chance to pick up the phone and get the job done. You can do this wherever you are (if you have your phone!)
  3. If your desk is covered in junk and paper, spend a few minutes throwing away the rubbish and filing the important things. It will make the rest of your working day much more pleasant, and it will be easier for you to stay focused.
  4. Lots of people fall behind on their finances, but you can spend your free time paying a bill or making a note of a transaction. You’ll thank yourself later for this one!
  5. Back up your favorite photographs of you with your friends and family. It’s always good to have a back-up copy, and you can email a copy to the other people in the photograph.
  6. Network with your co-workers by contacting them with a question, or a follow-up email. This can really benefit your working relationships!
  7. Exercise. Do some jumping jacks, sit ups or push ups for a few minutes to get your heart racing.
  8. Stretch. Sitting at a desk all day can be really bad for your back, so do a few quick stretches while breathing slowly. This will relax your muscles and your mind.
  9. Become an expert. Do you love learning about steam trains, or are you fascinated by World War II? Learn everything you possibly can about your passion so that you’re an expert on the topic!
  10. Start a to-read collection. Bookmark webpages that you want to read later, or buy a magazine or a book that you can read later.

What do you think of these suggestions? Do you have any of your own? Please let me know with a comment! 🙂

10 THINGS YOU DON’T NEED TO FEEL GUILTY ABOUT

Cancelling plans with your friends to have some alone time. Time with yourself is important, too! Put on a film you love and eat your favorite snacks without feeling mean or guilty.

Not putting in 100% at work every day. Life isn’t all about work. Lots of people see being stressed and tired as a sign of being a hard worker, but you should never lower the quality of your life for your work.

Your career choices/life choices. It is your life, and you have to live it in a way that makes sense to you. Don’t feel like you need to change your choices to make other people happy.

Not checking your email outside of work. You’re not at work, so you don’t need to (unless your job description specifically says you need to). Darn Smartphones!

Your appearance. Your flaws make you unique and different.

Ending a bad friendship. You are not obligated to spend time with anyone, and your friends should make you feel happy, supported and loved – not upset, angry or stressed.

Taking a risky chance. Life is for living, and that risk could hugely improve your life – just look at entrepreneurs all around the world.

Saying ‘no’ to people. You are not a machine that is designed to grant the wishes of other humans. If you don’t want to, say no.

Not knowing the answer to a question.

Treating yourself. You work hard (maybe) and you deserve it (probably)!

GET MOTIVATED WITH 15 QUOTES ABOUT HARD WORK AND SUCCESS

Sometimes it can be tough to push yourself to achieve your goals. If you are having an off day and you need a dose of motivation, check out these 15 quotes about hard work and success.

Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. John Wooden

Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence. Lisa M. Amos

I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it. Denzel Washington

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill

I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down. Abraham Lincoln

Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together. Marilyn Monroe

Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. Rumi

The best revenge is massive success. Frank Sinatra

All things are difficult before they are easy. Thomas Fuller

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. Bruce Lee

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. Epictetus

The starting point of all achievement is desire. Napoleon Hill

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. Thomas Jefferson

If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success. Malcolm X

Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting. Napoleon Hill

5 BENEFITS OF TALKING LESS AND LISTENING MORE

Do you think that you talk or listen more? Most people tend to talk more than they listen, and often when they listen they don’t fully focus on what the other person is saying.

However, there are lots of benefits to listening more.

1. You won’t say anything silly, or that you may regret later. Once you have shared some information with someone, you can never take it back.

2. The person who you are listening to will feel understood, helping you to build strong relationships. It feels great when you are talking to someone and it feels like they really value what you are saying.

3. You may learn something interesting. You never know what you are going to be told –it could be an interesting fact or story, or it could make you laugh for hours.

4. You may learn something that could benefit you. You could learn something that could help you at work, or something that could make your life easier.

5. People will listen when you do speak.

4 WAYS TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF WHILE WORKING FROM HOME

It can be tough to work from home. Unlike in an office, there are no co-workers or bosses – but there is a TV filled with new episodes of your favorite TV shows. If you struggle to work from home, use these four methods to become more productive.

Organize your day
It can be very useful to plan your day before you start. Many people who work from home struggle to switch the laptop off and stop working (or start!), and they often forget to take breaks or eat food, which leaves them feeling burned out. Plan your full working day before it starts, including breaks.

Don’t be unrealistic
It is important to be ambitious, but being unrealistic can demotivate you. It would be great to complete 12 hours of work each day before working out at the gym – but it is unrealistic. Instead set daily working goals that are both achievable and challenging.

Share ideas
If you work from home it is likely that you work alone. This can be demotivating as it sometimes feels like you have no-one to share ideas with. If you feel this way, consider speaking to your house-mates about your work or joining a forum where you can share and discuss ideas with other people.

Reward yourself
You can motivate yourself by planning rewards for completing difficult tasks. You can reward yourself with a snack, or a quick break, or even a glass of wine during the evening. Try telling someone else about your goal so that you don’t feel tempted to cheat!

10 SWAPS YOU CAN MAKE TO BE HAPPIER

 

Most of us want to be happier, but it can seem like a nearly impossible task. Where do you start? What do you do? The truth is anyone can easily be happier – it just takes a few small swaps to your daily life.

 

Check out 10 small swaps you can make to be happier here.

 

1. Instead of sitting on social media for an hour, do something else. Read, write in a journal, ring or Skype a friend, take a walk, paint – there are endless possibilities.

2. Instead of saying yes to everything, only say yes when you mean it. Don’t feel guilty about saying no – it’s okay to want to be alone sometimes!

3. Instead of seething when you are in a bad mood, speak to someone about your feelings. It will help you to clear you head and focus on a solution.

4. Instead of going to bed whenever you want, set a regular bed time. You will fall to sleep quicker – and your quality of sleep will be better.

5. Instead of ignoring strangers, smile at them. It will improve both of your moods!

6. Instead of forcing friendships, let the bad ones go. Not all friendships are for life – and holding on to bad ones will leave you both feeling guilty and stressed.

7. Instead of being passive-aggressive, be honest about your feelings. It is better to work out problems openly, instead of skirting around the issue.

8. Instead of trying to please everyone, simply try to please the people you love and yourself. It is impossible to keep everyone happy – and trying is exhausting.

9. Instead of being a pessimist, be an optimist. No-one is born one or the other – you choose how you see the world.

10. If the weather is good, swap sitting inside for sitting outside. It will do wonders for your mood, and nature is pretty epic to look at.

 

What do you think of this list? Do you have any other suggestions? Let me know in the comments!