Turning Procrastination into Productivity!
Limit social media: Don’t kid yourself, at some point during your study session, you’ll check on social media like a concerned parent. What happened when I was away? Since social media runs our lives, it’s hard to cut it out completely. A great way to remedy the addiction is the dessert trick: Wait until the end of your study session to indulge in the sweet world of Facebook.
Tell your friends to beat it: Sure, going out sounds way more enticing than writing a 10-page paper, but the paper’s more important than happy hour. Be real with your friends about your predicament. If they really want you to succeed, they’ll be totally understanding. Remember that there will be plenty of parties, but only one due date.
Stop multitasking, it won’t work: For some reason, multitasking is a skill all millennial think they have in their repertoire. Sorry to disappoint you, but the illusion that you can focus on many things at once and still do quality work is just that ─ an illusion. Turn off the TV and completely devote your attention to your paper. Focus all your energy on one task and check off priorities one by one.
Turn off phone notifications: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…airplane mode? Look through your phone’s settings and find the switch that could end the entire world. Well, your world at least. Every phone comes with the option to turn off notifications for apps, messages and even calls. Close your eyes and just do it; you need to be productive and this may be the only way.
Set deadlines for everything: Have to read a chapter? Set a deadline for it. Need to solve a set of math problems? Set a deadline for it. For every little piece of work you have to get done, set a time limit so you work as quickly and efficiently as possible. This method works especially well for those in a time-crunch and those who think they’ll pass out if they have to do any more work.
Start snacking: Can food be the answer to all of our productivity problems? Possibly. Grab some brain food (cough…the catch), and lay it out all around your work station. Pile your apple slices and almonds high and mindlessly munch while you’re reading through the history of something completely boring. Eat, study, repeat; it’s a win-win for your stomach and your college work.