5 top tips for beating procrastination

How to beat procrastination and make sure your year is great!

1)   Make a to-do list

One of the best ways to beat procrastination is to create a visual to-do list. Instead of floating around in your head, your tasks are written on paper for you to see. To take it one step further order them by priority, difficulty or when they need completing by and start at the top and work your way down. This will make your list seem smaller and be simpler for you to complete your list for the day. Handy tip – make the list the night/day before for the next day so you aren’t overwhelmed in the morning. 

2)   Take 10 minutes out

It can be overwhelming to work straight through, especially if you’re staring at a computer the whole time. Take 10 minutes away from your tasks every so often by doing something completely different and taking your focus away from a screen. Put the kettle on, stretch your legs or grab a healthy snack – do a small task that doesn’t need much concentration and once you get back to your work you’ll be ready and raring to go. 

3)   Stay away from distractions

I’m sure a lot of us are guilty of picking up our phone out of habit and not realising that we are actually holding it and scrolling through social media. However, to stop this procrastination it’s a good idea to keep your phone completely out of reach, put it in another room or a table away from where you are working so you aren’t tempted to just lean across and grab it. The same goes for if you are distracted by noise from other people, grab some headphones and get into your own bubble or if you get distracted by TV – stay out of a room with a TV in it and you’ll be able to focus a lot easier. 

4)    Create a clean and tidy workspace

It’s often easy to get distracted by those things around us, which is why you should create a clean and clutter free workspace for yourself. Have only the immediate things you need around you – i.e. to-do list, computer, materials definitely needed and a drink of water. Try keep your space clear from multiple documents as you’ll find yourself jumping from one thing to another to another. 

5)   Try to be organised

One of the biggest reasons for procrastination is a lack of organisation, particularly when you have a lot of things to do. It’s easy to become really overwhelmed and not know where to start – but if you organise the day/night before everything that you need to complete your tasks then it’ll be a lot easier to start your work and complete it without getting stressed out or begin to procrastinate.