5 Tips to Help You Stop Procrastinating

Kelsey Leerhoff, Staff Writer

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Procrastination. Almost all of us do it. We know we shouldn’t, but we still do. I’ve found that it’s really hard to break the habit once someone has started.

But procrastination isn’t always a bad thing. I personally think I do some of my best work when I’m last minute. I find that when I dedicate tons of hours into a paper last minute, I get into this crazy groove of just working, and I don’t wanna stop.

Not all people are like that though. Some people procrastinate and do some of their worst work in the final hours leading up to due date. That’s completely normal, but it shouldn’t be. People who tend to perform poorly when they procrastinate have to try really hard to stop.

I still will procrastinate all the time, but I’ve found some tips and tricks to help me stop doing it as much, and I think people who don’t do well under a time crunch might be able to stop procrastinating as much or even all together.

  1. A Little Work Goes a Long Way

When receiving a project or paper, instead of putting it off and doing it later, tell yourself that you won’t do it later. Put around 15 or 30 minutes in each and the workload will seem so much lighter. This helps your emotional state as well.

  1. Make a Schedule

If a little work goes a long way, then a schedule goes even further. Scheduling days to start working and what you plan to get done is so relaxing and it’s extremely satisfying to stick to it. It makes you feel so much better than just not doing your work and stressing about it last minute.

  1. Push through it

A huge part of procrastinating is not being lazy and just convincing yourself to do the work. Pushing through the hard part and just getting it done may feel hard at the time, but after its done, it feels amazing knowing that the hard part is over. Now you can be left to do the easy part or, better yet, your done.

  1. Think of the Reward

When you are procrastinating, just think of this: what will your reward me from finishing this? Let that reward be your motivation to finish or even start. If you really work for it, you will achieve your reward in the end.

  1. Don’t Stress Too Much

Procrastination can cause a huge amount of stress. It will stay on your mind all day and every once in a while the thought will come back and plague your mind. Stressing over a project, paper, or even just studying in general, can make you want to procrastinate, put it off, or just not do the work altogether.

I overcame this problem by just coming to work with a calm mind. I realized that if I don’t do something now it will haunt me later, so I’d better do it now so I don’t have to do it later.