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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15 More Small Things That Make Life Better

Recently I’ve really been trying to embrace being positive. Sometimes the littlest things can put a smile on your face – it doesn’t just have to be big gestures. Here are 15 little everyday things that make life better.

  1. Listening to your favorite song on repeat.
  2. Turning on the TV just as your favorite TV show is starting.
  3. Breaking perforated seals on anything (and everything).
  4. Waking up a few minutes before your alarm goes off, so you can lay in bed for a while before you need to get up.
  5. A kind gesture from a friend or family member, like offering to help with the washing up.
  6. The smell in the air after heavy rain.
  7. Taking off your shoes and formal clothes when you get home, and putting on comfortable clothes.
  8. The elevator arriving the second that you push the button.
  9. Clicking ‘Unsubscribe’ on annoying emails.
  10. Watching the rain fall when you have nowhere to be, and no responsibilities.
  11. Clean laundry – especially when it is warm from the radiator or dryer!
  12. A deep stretch when you first wake up to get your body moving.
  13. Taking an extra-long bath or shower when you have a free evening.
  14. Eating healthy, delicious food that makes you feel good on the inside.
  15. Spending time in your home when it is clean and tidy.

What is your favorite thing on this list? Let me know 🙂

25 Ways To Save Money On A Day-To-Day Basis

  1. Carry a bottle of water with you when you go out, so you are less likely to buy an expensive drink.
  2. Try to avoid bulk buying food that is perishable, even if it is on sale. The most expensive food you buy is the food you throw out.
  3. Go vegetarian for a few days a week to save money on meal costs.
  4. Eat leftovers for lunch instead of buying more food.
  5. Switch to energy efficient light bulbs.
  6. Carry less money in your purse while you’re out and about – and try to leave your credit card at home if you aren’t planning on shopping.
  7. Throw a swap party with your friends. You can swap clothes, household items, vouchers – anything you can think of!
  8. Need something new? Consider buying a second hand version to save money.
  9. Don’t watch much TV? Consider getting rid of your TV license and replacing it with Netflix or Hulu.
  10. Only do full loads of laundry.
  11. Check your cell phone plan to see if you could move to a cheaper plan with less offers.
  12. Bike to your destination, instead of driving or getting the bus.
  13. Wash your car at home, instead of paying someone else to do it.
  14. Need to get a taxi? Make sure it’s an Uber as they are often more cost effective.
  15. Replace expensive cosmetic products with a drugstore brand.
  16. Work out at home or the park, instead of the gym to save money on membership fees. There are lots of Youtube tutorials to make sure you are still doing quality exercises.
  17. Stop collecting items, and start selling.
  18. Spend the night at home with your friends, instead of going out. You can still eat great food and drink delicious drinks!
  19. Repair old clothing instead of throwing it away and replacing it.
  20. Make four times as much stew or casserole when you are cooking. Freeze the extra so that you can have leftovers for lunch at work. This also means you have delicious meals ready at home, so you’re less likely to order take out.
  21. Stop using credit cards entirely.
  22. Do a price comparison for your local grocery stores to make sure you get the best deal.
  23. Cancel all of your membership cards that you don’t use.
  24. Wash your hands regularly. Being ill is expensive!
  25. De-clutter your home and sell the items that you don’t need.

HOW TO BE BRAVE

People aren’t born brave – it is a skill we gain over time as we go through different life experiences. If you want to be a braver person, you can practise by thinking about fear and challenging yourself in different ways.

Here are 8 things you can do to be a more courageous person.

 

Accept that you have fears. Everyone has fears, including the bravest people. Don’t push away your fear; be honest with yourself and accept that some things make you feel scared.

 

Name what you are afraid of. Lots of people don’t really know what they are scared of, and the uncertainty can make you a more fearful person. Say it out loud – for example, someone might say “I’m scared of quitting my job. I don’t like working there and it makes me feel stressed, but the idea of quitting make me feel even more stressed. I’m worried I won’t be able to find another job, or that I’ll find another job I don’t like.”

 

Challenge your fears. We often get stuck in negative ways of thinking, and when we actually challenge these fears we realize that we have distorted them in our minds. Ask yourself; Why do I fear this? Is it rational? Is this fear holding me back?

 

Remember that you have control. You can’t stop being scared of something, but you can control how you handle that fear.

 

Consider engaging with your fear. Sometimes the best way to face a problem is head-on. Don’t run away from your fears; confront them if you can.

 

Don’t become disheartened if things don’t always go smoothly. Everyone goes through unpleasant experiences, including the bravest among us.

 

Choose a brave role model. Imagine how they would deal with the things that scare you, and this may inspire you to act in the same way.

 

Be brave for 30 seconds. You can do anything for 30 seconds.

 

I’m not always a brave person, but I do try to be! What do you think of this list? Do you have any other tips? Let me know with a comment!

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