Sunday, 7 January 2018

Procrastination

A blank word document, masses of work needing to be completed, books still unread and essays still unwritten... we've all been there, let's be honest. 

I'm always hunting for solutions to the procrastination we all experience, I feel like sometimes we're naturally in 'the zone' to work, and at times we just lack the go to do anything. 

Now it's 2018, and everyone amongst you will have work coming your way. So, I thought I'd share some methods of how I get myself motivated and focused, to complete what I need to do!


HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO 

I usually find I work best if have something to look forward to, once I've completed the task I need to do. For example, if I know I'm going out later with friends I tend to procrastinate less and get on with what needs to be done.

This becomes more difficult during periods of time such as exams, but if you know you have something small to look forward to, even if its simply nice food or another episode of your favourite series, I can assure you completing tasks will be much easier!

GET RID OF ANY DISTRACTIONS 

I know you hear this a lot, but your phone will always be more tempting than that one task you've been putting off for days; get rid of it! Put it in a different room or give it to someone you live with, so they can keep it away from you. That goes for anything that can be distracting; try and work in the quietest room in the house, or perhaps go to the library if you're really struggling with noise. 

TAKE BREAKS 

I find I work best in hour long chunks, with small breaks in between, to keep motivated. However, if I feel like I'm working well I tend to minimise these. I feel that this is a very personal thing, and therefore it is best for you to work out how long you can keep focused without a break. So find your groove, and go for it!

HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED AROUND YOU

Prepare the space; before you sit down to work think "what will I need?" It will be so much easier to focus if you have, say, all of the pens and paper you need next to you, with a cup of tea and a biscuit to get rid of the excuse to go to the kitchen!

MAKE YOUR SURROUNDINGS ENJOYABLE

If you're working in a crowded space, with miscellaneous sheets of paper and cables everywhere, you'll feel claustrophobic and are less likely to be motivated. Instead, first ensure the space surrounding you is clean. Then, put some fairy lights on, maybe even light some candles so there's a nice smell in the room. If I feel as if I'm in a pleasant space, I am definitely more likely to focus and get work done. 

LISTEN TO... 

I like to listen to music, but nothing with lyrics as this can distract me, instead of doing any good. I find that classical works well best for me, but if you struggle with the volume of the music changing, try piano instrumentals as these tend to be more consistent and less dramatic in places!

AND MY FAVOURITE...

This is perhaps my favourite tip for motivation; ASMR Rooms on Youtube has helped me so much with revision and focusing on tasks in general. 

They videos are animated pictures with white noise, such as a crackling fire place, the turning of pages and pens scribbling down notes. My favourite are the Harry Potter ones (the above is the Weasley Burrow) but there are more options. They have the common rooms, library, classrooms etc. I highly recommend; when I'm doing work and need to focus, I put my earphones in and listen to these beautiful videos. They're also especially useful if you like working for the same time periods as me, because they're hour long videos, I've even used them to time essays before, especially when I'm stressed with upcoming exams. Perfect!

How are you going to stay motivated throughout 2018?
Do you have any tips that other people could benefit from?
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14 comments

  1. Think I might have to try out your last tip as I feel a nice crackling fireplace could help me concentrate too 😍

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    1. I highly recommend, Emily!!

      ~Lauren x

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  2. The tip about the white noise makes so much since. Going to take a look at it. Procrastination is really a battle. I really enjoyed this post!
    Simply Me

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    1. It has helped me so much, I really do recommend it! It really is, hope these help you. Thank you so much!

      ~Lauren x

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  3. You have such a perfect timing. I just finished a post about how much I struggle with procrastination and definitely needed some advice. First time I've heard about ASMR rooms, great recommendation as I like to have a background noise to help concentrate. I can see myself coming back to this post when my Christmas break from uni is over. Thanks Lauren!

    Laura M - https://thenoisygum.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aw, I'm so glad - this is exactly the reason I wrote it! I hope these tips help you when you return to University, Laura!

      ~Lauren x

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  4. I once try to write in the library in this room where you're not allow to talk out loud or cell phones ringing, it's one of those quiet rooms but strangely, I didn't get a single thing written. it's like all the silence and quietness of the room is too much. but you're right, you have to get rid of distractions or else you get nothing done.

    sorry, I have no tips for motivation. I actually read a lot of tips to conquer procrastination but they don't work all the time so I almost always half finish projects but I think even if a little bit gets down, you're almost there. at least, it seems that way.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. I have definitely experienced that!

      You're absolutely right; perhaps try some of my tips for it, particularly the last one, and see if that helps.

      You too, Lissa!

      ~Lauren x

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  5. Loved this post! I really struggle with procrastination and lack of motivation sometimes, you share some great tips!

    www.letmecrossover.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad! I think everyone does; hopefully these will give you a helping hand. :)

      ~Lauren x

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  6. I found that I always procrastinate when I know I have large chunks of work to do, so what I've been doing is breaking up the work. For example, if I have a 6000 word report, instead of sitting down and trying to complete it in one sitting, I'll do 500 words at a time. Also, I work with the 50/10 rule : 50 minutes of work and 10 minutes break.
    Thank you for this post by the way. I don't think there will ever be enough posts about beating procrastination.

    ~ABY
    a-blog-for-thoughts.blogspot.com.mt

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    1. That's a really good idea; I have done this in the past too! It can really help if you've got loads of work and feel really overwhelmed; I absolutely agree. :)

      No problem at all, I'm glad you enjoyed it! You are right, my main aim in writing this was to try and help some others. I know how tough a heavy workload can be!

      ~Lauren x

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  7. I think this is a great list...and I seriously am going to need it as I go into the last semester of senior year. senioritis is already starting to hit a little bit and I just find it harder to stay motivated. I love the one where you said that having something to look forward to will really help, and I know that little rewards and such are HUGE for me. if I know that I get my math done today, I can watch this TV show tonight, I'm much more likely to get it done. And honestly, I think for some reason I've just been super motivated recently because I hate staying up late at night, and sleep is motivating for me.

    Love this list!

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    1. Ah, the end of the year is always the worst, I've just finished a term and by the end I was seriously flagging!! I completely agree, even if it's an episode of something, it's lovely to have something to look forward to!

      Thank you! Xx

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