6 Tips To Avoid Procrastination
No matter how passionate you may be about your work, procrastination is an inevitable part of life. Generally, we procrastinate when we are avoiding a task because it is too difficult, we are afraid of the repercussions, or we don’t know where to begin. Whilst it is not possible to avoid procrastination all together, it is possible to minimise the amount you procrastinate. Read the below six tips to find out how:
1. Manage your time effectively
Effective planning and time management skills are imperative in order to avoid procrastination. If you are able to plan out your tasks, set personal deadlines, and are motivated to work towards completing these deadlines – procrastination should be a thing of the past. It generally occurs when there is a lack of focus, but if you are committed to getting the task done in the time frame, then you should be able to avoid it.
2. Be realistic
When managing your time, you must be realistic in the targets that you set. Putting yourself under immense pressure with unreasonable targets will not avoid procrastination – it will encourage it. From the beginning, ensure you set realistic goals, and ones which you believe are achievable.
3. Break your work down into steps
Before commencing your work, ensure you break your project down into achievable steps. Instead of working towards the end result, concentrate on the smaller milestones along the way. This will ensure you keep focused as it is for a shorter amount of time, and will result in less procrastination.
4. Work in productive environments
It is extremely easy to procrastinate in an environment with numerous distractions. When you are sitting down to do your work, ensure you are in a quiet, well-lit study area where you won’t be disturbed. This will result in minimal opportunities to procrastinate, as well as a more productive work ethic from you.
5. Plan for obstacles
When planning your time and deadlines, take into account the fact that there may be obstacles along the way. In any project, unforseen circumstances can arrive, therefore leaving extra time allows you to be able to catch up should this occur.
6. Create a rewards system
Rewarding yourself for completing work is a great way to encourage a work ethic which avoids procrastination. Choose your metric, for example per hour of study or per page of essay, and at the end reward yourself with something that will give you a break of about 15 minutes.
What do you think?
Do you have any other tips to add to the above list? It isn’t easy to avoid procrastination completely, however there are some great steps you can take to limit it. I’d love to hear the views of current and past students, and how you avoid procrastination in your studies.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.