Beating Procrastination
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1- Eliminate your distractions. Identify anything that's causing you to procrastinate, then get rid of it—at least while you’re working toward your goal. You can't become motivated if you're squandering all of your time, so it's imperative to get rid of all distractions.

  • If you're spending too much time aimlessly browsing social media, delete your social media apps from your phone and install a "productivity" extension in your browser. These free extensions allow you to block certain sites and/or set time limits for recreational browsing.
  • If you’re too tempted to text or call your friends when you’re supposed to be working, leave your phone in the next room.
  • Keep your workspace as tidy as you can. A clutter-free desk will make it easier to focus on your work.
  • Avoid multitasking: it might sound efficient, but it’s easier to lose your focus and make mistakes when your brain is forced to switch from one task to another. Just do one thing at a time.

2- Raise the stakes for yourself. Hold yourself accountable in your own eyes and the eyes of others. Set personal penalties for yourself if you don't throw out some delicious cookies you've been saving or make a donation to charity. Tell your friends and family about things you plan on doing. If you don't do these things, they'll know, and you'll be embarrassed—now you have a great reason to get started!

  • Write yourself little notes to keep you motivated or set a reminder on your phone that reminds you every 20 minutes of a task you need to accomplish. This might get annoying enough to make you actually do it.


3- Have a cup of coffee or tea for some extra energy. The caffeine found in coffee and tea can give you a helpful boost and keep you motivated longer. Even just the smell of coffee has been shown to make people more alert and focused!

  • Not only can caffeine boost your energy, but the simple act of taking a coffee or tea break can help restart your engine if you’re feeling low on motivation.
  • Stay away from more powerful stimulants unless a doctor has prescribed them for a specific condition. They can be extremely habit-forming if used carelessly.


4- Get some exercise. Go for a short run, do some jumping jacks, or shadowbox. Even light physical exercise can affect our moods, making us feel more active and dynamic. Exercise has even been shown to thwart depression and low self-image—both hurdles to personal motivation efforts.

5- Break your task into manageable pieces. If you're having serious motivation problems, breaking one large task into many small tasks can make it much easier to approach psychologically. Because we get a feeling of accomplishment from completing each step of the task, this trick can increase motivation substantially. Sometimes, all that's needed to gain the momentum to tackle the whole project is to complete the first simple step.

6- Change up your routine once in a while. Even tremendously motivated people can be driven to lethargy and inaction if they have to perform tedious, repetitive tasks for weeks or months on end. Break up the monotony with spontaneous and out-of-the-ordinary activities. Try to create an internal sense of unpredictability—even if you don't know exactly what you'll do tomorrow. This can ease the psychological tedium of work that is the same day after day. Here are just a few ideas you might want to experiment with:

  • Spend a lunch break at a scenic place outdoors.
  • Have an impromptu soccer game with friends or coworkers.
  • Surprise your workplace with some home cooking.
  • Take a friend or significant other out for a night on the town, even if there's no special occasion.
  • Change your personal style. Cultivate a drastically different look, then wait for reactions from your friends and coworkers.
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