University: Beating Procrastination

Ah, procrastination! The skill of virtually all students, though I’ve discovered this year that it doesn’t stop upon graduation. Even in work there is a task I will put off until the last moment possible. It’s like folding laundry. I love clean towels, bedding, etc. But having to fold it once it’s nicely dried is the worst chore. I’ve hoovered, dusted, washed makeup brushes and sorted my wardrobe this afternoon. The laundry is still on my bed waiting to be folded…

 photo 752aab2f-38b8-48ec-b1a4-4ea766f2f691_zpsa76d96f2.jpgI found this infographic on how to beat procrastination and thought it gave some really useful tips. Sure, it hasn’t helped with the washing-folding-problem, but that task at work is far less of a problem now.

15 Ways To Beat Procrastination

15 Ways To Beat Procrastination [Infographic] by the team at Essay.Expert

My own top tip for beating procrastination? Have a variety of tasks! I can’t sit and do the same thing day after day after day. When I’m studying I like to spend an hour or two reading, then note taking. After midday I’m all about past questions. Then right before the end of my day I’ll summarise what I’ve done. I also like to have a variety of resources. The internet is all very well and good, but if I’m researching on the internet, there’s a huge chance my Bloglovin feed will accidentally open. I love books (bigger and heavier = better!), and one of my favourite places to physically buy books is Blackwell Books stores on university campuses. Why? Because they often have exactly the book I want, but pre-owned and therefore cheaper. Variety is definitely the key for myself to beat procrastination, if I know I have different things to do I’ll crack on and get started!

How do you beat procrastination? What tasks do you avoid?

  • Jennifer K

    When it comes to work, I’m usually pretty good at not procrastinating – I hate knowing that it’s there waiting to be done and so I prefer to just get on with it. I make it easier on myself by taking breaks and changing how I’m working (a bit like you said with doing different things at different times). I definitely thrive off being a little bit busier and like getting things done.

    Something I do put off though is sending emails! I’m not entirely sure why- perhaps it’s like this infographic says and is something to do with anxiety/fear of failure. It can be really hard emailing people and knowing how to say things, or the worry that they’ll miss my email and I’ll have to agonise about whether to send another one! I generally makes lists of who I need to contact and sit down and do them all in one go every couple of weeks unless they’re urgent.

    Jennifer x

    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      I definitely think sending emails brings out my insecurity too, I get worried that I will forget to attach something, or I’ve made an awful spelling mistake! I once wrote ‘sorry for your incontinence’ by mistake at work…! x

  • I am the queen of procrastination so this post is perfect for me, especially with my mock exams this week and next x

    http://eliseilou.blogspot.co.uk

    • ninegrandstudent

      Oh, good luck! I’m out from university this year and kinda missing exams! x

  • Megan McMahon

    Wow, that’s definitely a helpful list! I agree with you about hiding the internet away and using physical resources instead – I’m a lot less likely to get distracted!
    Megan x meguana.blogspot.co.uk

    • ninegrandstudent

      The internet is just too distracting! I should be washing up right now… x

  • jho

    Nice tips. I’m actually procrastinating right now (reading tweets and blog posts instead of cleaning my room and ironing). *hides face* LOL I’ll try to do better tomorrow. ^_^

    But at work, I would make a list of things I’d like to accomplish before the end of the day then follow it as precisely as possible.

    http://oliveneedpopeye.blogspot.com

    • ninegrandstudent

      I think lists help too! Now get on with your cleaning! 😉 x

  • This is such a great post! I am the biggest procrastinator ahah, i am soing to save that image so I can read it during any procrastination moments!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      That’s a great idea! x

  • Having a variety of tasks definitely helps! And I’ve been working a lot lately on putting myself into productive environments. It’s made a huge difference.

    xx Kathryn
    http://www.throughthethicket.ca

    • ninegrandstudent

      That’s a great tip too – I found that going to the town library last Easter was great for revising! x

  • Olivia Boyd

    I am so bad for procrastinating! I’m in my last year of sixth form and I know I have to get my bum in gear for starting university in September (hopefully!) With that said… I need to stop procrastinating to pass my A-Levels first! You gave some great tips! 🙂

    Olivia xx
    sunshineinadress.blogspot.com

    • ninegrandstudent

      Good luck! What are you hoping to study? x

      • Olivia Boyd

        Thank you! If all goes to plan, I’ll be studying law! x

  • Coco Cami

    Great post, I am terribly prone to procrastnation and I suddenly find myself drawn to even doing the housework rather than settling down to real work on my laptop! Thanks for the tips 🙂

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

    • ninegrandstudent

      It’s such a common problem! x

  • Procrastination is definitely my downfall. I have been trying to beat this by studying really hard in cycles of 15 minutes. It sounds odd, but it has been a way for me to really focus without boredom pulling me away from my studies. I also find that I am more focused and productive when I study in the uni library! 🙂 xx

    darcymae.com

    • ninegrandstudent

      Sounds great, thanks for the tip! x

  • I’m the worst at procrastinating! This has really helped. Will have to try some of these out to help keep me on task
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thanks! x