The Foolproof Formula To Beat Procrastination

We’ve all been there. We have a long list of important tasks to tick off today, but somehow Netflix and the comfort of a warm bed take priority, right? And the procrastination begins…

I used to lounge around in bed for hours, resulting in an unproductive and lazy day, until one day I realised, life is too short (a cringey and overused statement I know, but nevertheless relevant). So here are my top ways to kick ass and tell your comfy bed so long until bedtime! (A devastating goodbye…)

My Top Tips – Preparation

Wake up early! – I know for a lot of people the phrase ‘set an alarm’ may be the equivalent of an expletive, but let me tell you this, it works. Forcing yourself to wake up via an alarm on your phone or a cute little alarm clock like this one gives you more time in the day to get your tasks done, so now you can’t play the ‘I didn’t have enough time’ card! It’s a great way to avoid procrastination.

Switch off distractions – Again, this is a difficult one for most as we live in such a technology based world, but turning off your phone, notifications, or any other potential distractions minimises your ability to get distracted. This has saved me during the struggling times of writing an essay, but only writing 10 words in an hour because I was actually scrolling through Twitter the whole time (the sad truth).

Plan, plan, plan – My planner is my lifesaver. Having my uni deadlines, to do lists, and blogging post dates/topics written down is the only way I keep myself organised. There are so many cute planners out there too! Why wouldn’t you want one?! The Paper Parlour do some adorable planners, and so do Rifle Paper Co.. (This one is a favourite of mine). So get your hands on a planner and start organising!

Tips On Getting Started

Get stuck in – If you’re avoiding a task due to the fear of failure or just getting started, my advice would be just start. I know this sounds like a cliche piece of advice, but sometimes just starting writing/creating can get the ideas and productivity going!

Break it down – The worst thing you can do when trying to stop procrastinating is attempting to complete a big chunk of work in a short space of time. If trying to complete a 2,000 word essay in one go won’t make your brain cry, nothing will (I can tell you that from experience). Give yourself breaks if it’s a long term task, and plan when you will complete which part (see, planning again!).

Reward your progress – What better way to celebrate completing a task you didn’t want to do? Go out with friends, or just take a break and go for a walk, anything enjoyable that will take your mind off the task for a while (and make sure you acknowledge that success yourself too!). It will hopefully make you want to give up procrastination for good!

So if you’re procrastinating right now by reading this post, go ahead and get started! You’ve got this.

 

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22 Comments

  1. February 9, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    LOVE this post, so glad you broke it down into a lot of different ways to be productive. I’ll definitely be using these tips!

    • itstheblondelife
      Author
      February 10, 2018 / 11:23 am

      Awh thank you my love! Yes I find tackling tasks in small chunks helps, even when structuring a blog post! I hope you have a happy and productive weekend xx

  2. February 8, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    I’m such a huge procrastinator so that’s definitely something I need to fix if I want to get stuff done haha. I always tell myself that I have so much time and I’ll just do things later ? Great post! Thanks for sharing.

    Grace | https://glossybelle.com

    • itstheblondelife
      Author
      February 8, 2018 / 8:45 pm

      Haha dont worry most of us are like that! Thanks my lovely xx

  3. February 4, 2018 / 11:49 pm

    I think planning more would change my life! Definitely need to sort something out to give me a kick up the bum at the moment! Thanks for these tips ?

    • itstheblondelife
      Author
      February 5, 2018 / 12:04 am

      Youre welcome! Planning is the main way I stay on top of things, it really does help! Maybe just try buying ab inexpensive planner and just planning out the weeks ahead! Xx

  4. February 4, 2018 / 6:03 pm

    I agree with all of these! Waking up early is the best because then you don’t feel rushed and disappointed that you wasted the whole day. Also, it provides more time to relax after you get the task done!

    Ashiana, ashianashome.wordpress.com

    • itstheblondelife
      Author
      February 5, 2018 / 12:03 am

      Exactly! I try to get my main tasks done in the morning as this is when I feel most productive and then I can have a more relaxed afternoon! Xx

  5. February 4, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    Great post, I’m the worst at doing two things at a time. I’m actually filling a survey in on my laptop while looking at my phone and commenting on your blog!!! So I definitely need to heed that advice!! I don’t however need to wake up earlier, I have insomnia so was up at 1 this morning and 2 most days but great advice for “normal” sleepers!!!

    • itstheblondelife
      Author
      February 4, 2018 / 2:55 pm

      Ah yes you definitely dont need to wake up earlier! I hope it gets better, but yes the multitasking thing is something I struggle with too! X

  6. February 4, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    Loved this post!

    • itstheblondelife
      Author
      February 4, 2018 / 1:39 pm

      Thanks so much!

    • itstheblondelife
      Author
      February 3, 2018 / 6:16 pm

      Ah youre welcome! Thanks for being so kind xx

  7. February 3, 2018 / 5:08 am

    I find waking up is key for me to have a really productive day! Brilliant Post as always ?

    • itstheblondelife
      Author
      February 3, 2018 / 8:10 am

      Thank you my lovely! Yes waking up early is definitely a key one for me xx

  8. February 2, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    Switching off distractions is still one that I really struggle with. I think once I do though it will be so much easier to not procrastinate! I always forget to reward myself as well but it’s so important to.
    -Olivia Xxx

    http://oliviaxalesha.com/

    • itstheblondelife
      Author
      February 2, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      Ah yes those are two of the key things I find! Xx

  9. February 1, 2018 / 11:16 pm

    I try follow these tips religiously! It always eventually works ahaha

    • itstheblondelife
      Author
      February 2, 2018 / 10:13 am

      Yes eventually it works if you keep going!

  10. January 31, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    I was actually thinking about writing the same post today, and now I’m even more inspired! xx

    • Yasmin
      Author
      January 31, 2018 / 4:47 pm

      Ah thats great! I look forward to reading your post xx

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