Hooray for the start of October! I am super pumped, in my mind this begins fall and the start of the holiday seasons! The start of October also means that I survived my first full month of Sophomore year (this is a bigger accomplishment than it should be). As school kicks into full gear with midterms following all too closely after fall break productivity needs to be at a high with procrastination at a low.
How ironic that I am procrastinating making a study guide to write this post, at least it is productive procrastination, right?
Behold…my best tips on how to avoid procrastination. Now I just need to put my money where my mouth is and follow them.
1. Turn Off All Electronics
This is a tricky one. Often times I have to use my laptop when working on assignments and therefore it would not make sense for me to turn it off. I don't however, need my phone on to complete an assignment and will in turn be more productive if it is off and the idea of "quickly" checking instagram can't be accessed. Also, using the app Self Control on your computer is super helpful when attempting to be productive on the computer, I have used this for years and it works great!
2. Start Projects When They Are Assigned
This is something I continually make an effort to do! Nothing is worse than the stress of last minute so by beginning a project when it is assigned I am less likely to be stressed later on. Also, I can't stand having unaccomplished things on my to-do list so by having a task on the list early I am so much more likely to begin it!
3. Do Your Work In A Quiet / Organized Space
I can not function in a messy environment. I work best in the morning and in the library. By knowing this about myself I know not to waste time attempting to study in a messy place. Cleaning my workspace allows the allusion of control over your studies and sometimes that is all you need.
4. Find An Accountable & Responsible Study Companion
Super talkative friend you want to catch up with? Probably not the best study companion. Take someone who will motivate you to stay on task and accomplish your work! Use each other to make sure you don't get distracted by keeping each other accountable!
5. Reward Yourself
I am all about celebrating productive victories but keep in mind that these need to be within reason. Finishing a math assignment does not call for you purchasing a handbag you've been lusting over. It is however deserving of a cookie! Be reasonable with your rewards and allow yourself something to look forward to after completion in order to motivate yourself during the process!
Good luck and feel free to leave your best tips for productivity below!
Also Gilmore Girls is now on Netflix so if you're looking to completely disregard all of my productivity tips then I understand. You know what I'll be doing for part of this weekend...