'Productive procrastinator', Yes I can say that is the best way to describe me right now.
As you may or may not be aware I am a university student living a busy and some may say 'hectic' lifestyle. With being a full time student, a mum and working part time and general life commitments as you can imagine life can get hectic. Right now i am being 'the queen of procrastination'. I procrastinate majorly when i have university assignment deadlines creeping up ... usually to avoid university work and procrastinate i either do a major spring clean of my house, decorate the house, move furniture around, sort out my wardrobe, online makeup shopping, Youtube watching and right now my procrastination technique currently is this blog which i recently started. I have a Psychology report due in a week and i haven't started it, i can't motivate myself to do, i just keep working or working on my blog and doing anything to put it off last minute.
I love being busy, i really do. But recently i have been making myself too busy and procrastinating so much to the point that i feel so overwhelmed that i can't cope or feel i can't do anything. A key thing we all need to manage and learn is how to manage time efficiently. Students out there, don't be a 'queen procrastinator' like me, its important to be motivated and productive. Here are some of my tips to beat procrastination and stay productive when your are a busy bee ...
Creating a to-do list: This is a #1 rule for to be able to be productive. Writing a to-do list and sticking it on my fridge or somewhere i look every day. I put in order of priority what i need to do and tick off as i go along. As the list gets smaller i tend to get more and more motivated to just crack on with it and get it done so that i can carry on with doing things i would rather be doing than doing my studying.
Prioritise whats important: Following on from my to-do list i like to prioritise whats the most important thing and also prioritise the most time consuming tasks at the top so that they are the centre of my focus and i can't hide from them.
Prepare yourself: Another top tip i feel works for me is preparing myself for a days worth of studying the night before. So i will make sure i eat well,
have a relaxing bath and a decent nights sleep. I also lay out my study area the night before ready for the morning, setting up my laptop and books and everything i need so in the morning i can get straight to it with no excuses.
Reward yourself: In order to keep motivated for me i feel it is important to reward myself after a hard days work studying. For example i often i feel i don't want to work on my psychology or sociology reports but i keep myself focused by making agreements with myself. I tell myself if i spend for example 3 hours working on a piece of uni work i can then reward myself by allowing myself to relax spending time blogging, on social media, buying new make up, watching a film or a day/evening out etc ... you get the picture.
A race against time: To make things more interesting i like to set time limits to try and get things done as quickly as possible to race the clock. Obviously i have to be careful here not to rush too much to make mistakes as i still want to submit good work but it makes things a little more interesting.
Take regular breaks: If you are working hard studying make sure you treat yourself to regular breaks. Drink plenty, eat plenty and you will feel 100% more focused. I usually allow myself a 20 minute break every 2 hours, this keeps my brain vitalised and keeps me focused and makes me less stressed or anxious.
Set daily targets: This is one of my best tips and advice. I set myself daily targets of where i would like my essay to be at my the end of that day so i know when to stop. I even organise this on my calendar, i book myself in certain days to study on my calendar and also set a target of what i need to work on that day and how much of that task i need to complete that day. For example divide the word count over a few days or weeks, sometimes i do as little as 100 words a day over 3 weeks so my essay slowly progresses but least i am not wasting time or getting myself into stressful situations leaving things to last minute.
I have one more 1750 word report for psychology to complete in a week and then i have finished year 2 of university. So from tomorrow i am getting my head down and focusing on making a start. I have written my target down for tomorrow and prepared my work station so lets hope i can take on board some of my own advice. I hope this has helped other students out there who may be in the same position. Just stay focused and motivated. Let me know how you are getting on with you studies and if my advice has helped ... would love to hear from you, tweet me @gigicrofts or follow me on my social media.
Time for me to prepare myself for tomorrow, bye for now,
FOREVER GiGi .xo.xo.