I think it’s safe to say, procrastination happens to ALL of us. Adulting just happens to include a never ending list of things “To-Do”, and honestly.. A long list wouldn’t be THAT bad if a lack of sleep and higher stress levels weren’t also included.
So, although it would be much easier to get cozy in your bed, wine glass in hand, and Netflix ON, avoiding your responsibilities can actually make things worse so like.. Don’t do that, K? *says the Queen of Procrastination*
And I know what you are thinking — Why in the heck are we listening to the “Queen of Procrastination” to help us NOT procrastinate?! Which is a very valid and logical question, might I add. And the reason is super simple:
I have literally been FORCED to ditch my procrastination ways (Welcome to Quarter VS. Semester College!), and as a result I’ve reaped the benefits of staying on top of my lists, so I want to share them with YOU. If anyone knows the stress and struggles being a #TwentySomething can bring, it. is. me. So today, I am here to help you say bye to the long lists and HELLO to a badass new you who conquers their responsibilities like it’s NOBODY’S business.
Ya ready? Let’s get into it! (Like now, don’t put off reading this.. Procrastination 101!)
1. Be like Santa and MAKE A LIST
→ So redundant and may seem so unnecessary, but purchasing and using my planner has been a game changer for me. Although it is such a simple task to write out your never-ending to-do list, seeing what you need to get done on paper can make all of the difference. Not only will it keep you organized, but the satisfaction of crossing out what items you have completed is almost as satisfying as eating in-N-out fries. *ALMOST*.
2. Do The Worst on The List.. FIRST
→ In my experience, the root of my procrastination often comes from just having absolutely no desire to do the task. Raise yo’ hand if you agree!! Or don’t cause, I won’t be able to tell either way.
But, if you think about it, most of the time you procrastinate because you have no desire to do the task at hand. In doing this, you continually keep pushing back any motivation to start until it becomes the night before it needs to be done and sh*t.. Hashtag Procrastination Probs. My advice to you: GET THE WORST OUT OF THE WAY FIRST. By doing this, you aren’t constantly dreading whatever task you still need to do because, drum roll.. It’s already out of the way! I noticed when I started getting my non-fun tasks done early, I felt a huge sense of accomplishment and bad-assness. And it was a total win-win, because not only was I getting more things done, but I was looking forward to the best which I saved for last.
Prioritizing game = #STRONG
3. Pomodoro Technique — No Pasta Included (Unfortunately)
→ I follow a lot of #GirlBosses on my business snapchat because I find getting a sneak peak into their daily life gives me the ultimate motivation in mine. Case in point: Alex Beadon. I can spend an entire blog post on all she has done to help me grow my brand and inspire me, but for the sake of this post I will get straight to the point and describe the genius technique she introduced to my knowledge: The Pomodoro Technique.
Guys.. This is a game changer. The idea behind this technique is that you work for 25 minutes straight (no social media, no tv, no room for procrastination), and then after working for 25 minutes, you get a 5 minute break to do whatever you want. (I usually eat or like, stalk celebrities on Twitter during this 5 minutes b/c I’m 10).
Some tips for this technique: USE. A. TIMER. There is a science behind the 25 and 5 minute intervals, so be consistent!
× After 4 pomodoros, take a longer break which can be anywhere from 15-30 minutes.
× Remember that planner from tip #1? Use it again with this step to write down and keep track of your work time vs your break time.
× The main goal of this technique is to reduce all interruptions outside of the task you are working on. It substantially helps with the focus and flow of whatever you are getting done.
× The only downside of the Pomodoro Technique is it reminds me of my favorite pasta Penne Pomodoro and wouldn’t you know! I’m hungry again!
4. Treat Yo’ Self
→ No.. For real. You deserve it!
Make it a point to reward yourself after every task you complete. It can be something as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee while you catch up with the Real Housewives, or go big and get yourself a massage and a froyo! Having little rewards to look forward to is such a great way to keep your motivation strong and leaves little room for procrastination.
My favorite rewards to myself:
¹15 minute chair massage from the mall
²Driving around blasting Taylor Swift
³A 20 minute power nap
Procrastination can be a real buzzkill, and also a huge stressor in our lives. We are twenty-somethings, we have more than enough stress already. Do YOURSELF a favor and get over this habit as soon as you possibly can.
When I think of procrastination, I think of it as something that is only in your head. Tell yourself you WILL get your tasks done, be organized about it, give yourself breaks, and then reward yourself once you cross off items on your list.
I believe in you! And I also believe in the power of looking forward to froyo so go get ’em, friends!
Keep crushing goals,
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