I Am Lazy | My Tips For Getting Sh*t Done!



Procrastination is a problem for everyone.. if you say you have never procrastinated in your life, you would be lying. In fact, you probably have things you should be doing right now, right..? I'm not judging, I have things I should be doing too! In fact, I put off even writing this blog post for a while.. haha! Procrastination was always a problem for me in school, homework would ALWAYS be left to the very last minute and coursework and revision was always a huge struggle - in fact I remember I did the bear minimum of revision for my GCSE's which I don't recommend!

Now that I am at university my procrastination has got much worse! (If that was even possible) I don't know if it's because the work is more difficult and I'm putting it off, or because there are things like Twitter and YouTube that keep distracting me, or the fact that I don't have my parents nagging me to do work anymore - but I pretty much always leave my assignments to the very last minute. It's not even just assignments either, I always put off doing things like my laundry and tidying the house too..  When you think about it logically that is such a silly thing to do, we all know that I am a huge worrier and leaving all these things to do is just building more and more stress so why not get it done and out of the way sooner? I know distractions are definitely one of the biggest problems for procrastination.. I don't know how I would've done any work in school at all if I had access to YouTube or Netflix back then! So,  I've put together a few little tips of mine to help you to stop procrastinating and get the stuff done that needs to be done! Because even though we all deserve a little break every now and again, it's important to get the important things done so we can be successful and stop stressing out!

1. TO-DO LISTS

I am a huge fan of lists, and I have always found that they help me by giving my the right amount of motivation to get stuff done! I make a full-on pen and paper to-do list with check boxes and everything.. and to be honest, the thought of ticking things off is enough to get me to complete a task! (Am I a child...? Probably!) Be sure to make your to-do list actually do-able, but also include a few of those things that really needs to be done even if you don't really want to do them.. I've always found that instead of writing things like 'Finish assignment' it's better to write 'Start introduction for assignment by 12:30' that way, you won't put it off to the evening and it doesn't seem like such a huge, impossible task to complete! Also make sure you include little breaks in your to-do list such as 'watch YouTube for 1 hour' or 'go for a walk' that way the day doesn't seem quite so boring because you'll have a few little breaks! 
2. 2 MINUTES..?

There are probably a lot of chores that you be doing right now, that will literally take you less than 2 minutes to complete - take out the rubbish? tidy your room? empty the dishwasher? I'm pretty sure you can do those in less that 2 minutes! So whenever there's a task that will take you no time to do - just do it! Force yourself to get it done, since it won't take you any time to do it at all! That way you can stop worrying that you have so much to do and you'll probably find that your to-do list is much shorter at this point! 
3. REMOVE DISTRACTIONS

Let's be honest, we all have that one thing that we need to do, but distractions keep getting in the way. For example, I really need to get on with my last few university assignments, but Twitter is being particularly distracting recently! The best thing to do in this situation is schedule yourself a period of time (Maybe start with an hour.) Where you remove any distractions and just get on with whatever it is that needs to be done. If this is an essay that you need to write then put your phone in a different room and resist the urge to check Facebook or Twitter! If you need to revise and don't actually need to use the internet at all, then switch it off! This way the urge won't even be there at all and you can just get on with your work without any distractions whatsoever - you'll probably find that you get it done a lot quicker since you won't be checking your phone every 5 minutes!! Also, make sure that once the task is done, or once you've spent 1 hour on the task give yourself a break and check everything that you might've missed on social media! 
4. GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK!

If you really don't feel the motivation to work and are only putting in a half-hearted amount of effort, give yourself a quick break to build some of that effort! Set a timer for 10 minutes and drink a coffee, take a nap or do whatever it is that you want to do! This way, when you actually do need to get back to work you won't be tempted by these distractions.. just be sure that you actually do get back to work and don't just ignore the alarm! 

5. I WORK BEST UNDER PRESSURE... / MOTIVATION

If this statement is true to you, you've probably left your work right up until the last minute.. but that's normal for you right?! Maybe it is true for you, some people do genuinely work well under pressure.. but what if there's no deadline? I recommend setting your own deadlines, this way you can motivate yourself to get something done on time. Perhaps give yourself a treat if you get the task done within your own deadline - since positive reinforcement is such a good way of motivating yourself! Or you could view it in another way and say that if you complete this task by Friday you won't have to tidy your bedroom.. Come up with a motivator that will suit you best! 
6. STUDY BUDDIES!

If you find it really difficult to motivate yourself to complete a task, you might need to find a friend who you trust to motivate you well! If you at school or university, find someone in the same class as you or on the same course and really try to motivate each other to complete assignments and homework! You could even work on them together and help each other out because working on something with someone else is so much less daunting! And at the end of it all you can both go out and celebrate together! You could even get a family member to keep you motivated - tell them what you need to do and when the deadline is and get them to make sure you are on task. Although it can seem a little annoying at the time, having someone there to remind you to do what needs to be done when you are procrastinating comes in really handy in the long run!

7. ONE TASK AT A TIME!

I'm definitely one of those people who gets super stressed out when I have too much going on at the same time - and if you're one of those people too, the one piece of advice I would give you is to just try to focus on one thing at a time! Work out the most important thing you need to do (or the deadline that's the closest) and work on that first. There's no point trying to tackle everything at the same time, because you'll probably find that it'll take longer and it won't be to your full ability! I've had many evenings where I've realised how much I need to do and I always have a little cry if I'm honest.. but the best thing to do in this situation is just take a deep breath and work out what needs to be done first - tell yourself I will work on that in the morning, then when that's done I can move onto the next thing - There's no use stressing!

I hope you enjoyed this post! I am quite enjoying my little tips posts (that always seem to have 7 steps?! That's not on purpose I promise! haha!) Let me know if you enjoy these types of posts in the comments because I would love to know! Also, let me know if you have used any of these tips in the past, or if you have any other tips that you would like to share! Thanks so much for reading. 

12 comments :

  1. LOVE this post! I am going to bookmark this and read it to get motivated whenever I'm procrastinating! :D
    xx

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    1. Awh! Thanks so much lovely - I'm really glad that you enjoyed my tips! x

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  2. Ohhh procrastination... What a bad habit of mine! To do lists really do help me get things done!
    Paula | www.namelessgap.blogspot.com

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    1. Me too, don't worry! Yeah, to do lists are 100% a huge part of what gets me motivated! Thanks for reading lovely! x

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  3. This is a very helpful post for all those procrastinators out there! I am one of those people who work better under pressure that's why it's difficult for me to get myself together and do something if there's a lot of time left till it needs to be done. Hence why I postponed my presentation work for over 2 weeks, haha. I need it for tomorrow, so today seems like a good day to do it. I'm horrible, I know.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. That sounds exactly like something I would do! I always say I work better under pressure but the truth is, I just get way to stressed out... you think I would learn, but I haven't yet!! x

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  4. All this tips are so useful!! I have a love-hate relationship with working under pressure. like I feel I'm going to explode but at the same time I need it because I'm super productive haha. And the to-do lists are my best friends haha, thanks for sharing Jemma! Great post as always :)

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    1. I couldn't have explained that any better - that is exactly how I am too!! I hate leaving stuff to the last minute because of all the stress, but I really do work better under pressure! I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves her to-do lists a bit too much ;) Thanks for the lovely comment, as always! x

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  5. I absolutely love these kinds of posts! :) Those tips are something I really needed to read right now - I'm usually a very productive person but I've been slacking with motivation a bit lately so reading this was a great reminder to get back on track. I'm so glad I just found your blog, you're doing an amazing job! Hope you're having a wonderful week x

    Sara / AboutLittleThiings

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    1. Awh! Thanks so much for your lovely comment, it really made me smile! :) I feel like we all get into a slump sometimes but I hope you can get back on track too! I hope you're having a lovely week too! Thanks so much for reading x

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  6. Very good tips here Jemma, i'm terrible at procrastinating and spend more time avoiding the task or thinking about not doing it than the time it would take to actually do it! So many tasks take very little time and can be done in tv breaks etc.
    Have you ever tried using apps that limit your time online? You can set them up so that if you go on certain sites for more than a certain amount of time it blocks it!
    Amy at Amy & More

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    1. That's so true and I definitely use tv breaks to get little things done like empty the dishwasher! I like the idea of those apps, I just feel like I would find ways to get around it since I don't have much willpower when it comes to the internet, haha!! x

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