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7 Tips To Defeat Procrastination

Some of us battle with the procrastination bug where we struggle to be productive throughout the day. I’m one of those people. It seems no matter how hard we fight it, we just can’t seem to shake it.

We might have a deadline looming but instead of doing our work, we end up doing other things we shouldn’t. That ranges anywhere from checking our email, social media, or just browsing the Internet. There’s just so many distractions around us. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

Some of us have gone most of our lives procrastinating where it’s just become a bad habit of ours. A habit that can potentially prevent us from achieving greater results in life.

However, we’re not going to allow procrastination to take over our lives. These are some things I personally do to overcome procrastination.

These 7 tips could help you overcome it too:

Change your environment. 

Different environments can have different impacts on your productivity. If your desk is in your room and every time you try to get some work done you find yourself ready to sleep, it’s time to change your workspace. Your work area should make you feel inspired. Therefore, it’s important to hang things around your work area that will motivate you.

Make a to-do list.

In the morning, you can create a list containing everything that must be done that day. In doing this, you will help prioritize your day and not waste time on things that essentially don’t matter. It will also make you more organized. We sometimes forget the things we have to get done. However, writing them down will help us remember.

Set deadlines for yourself.

Having just one deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate – trust me I know. We tend to push it back to the very last minute. I suggest breaking your work down and creating specific deadlines for each of task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. It’s important to stick with it too.

Re-clarify your goals.

Sometimes, if you have been procrastinating – especially for an extended period – it could mean your goals aren’t aligned with what you are currently doing. Take some time to regroup. Figure out what you want to achieve and how you want to get there. Write down your goals and keep them around your work area.


Writing down your goals is the easiest way to do this. It forces you to commit and just do it. Getting something done can give you a sense of accomplishment too. Have long term and short term goals written on a piece of paper and have them near you when you are working.

Stop over-complicating things.

I promise you there is no such thing as a perfect time to get something done. If you keep waiting for that “perfect time,” you are never going to accomplish anything. Stop making things harder on yourself.

Finish it.

Just get it done. Stop putting things off to the last minute and just do it. Your procrastination is doing nothing but hurting and cheating yourself. Let’s do better!

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About Shekera Clarke

My name is Shekera Clarke. I am currently a senior at the University at Albany majoring in journalism with a business minor. I grew up in Queens, NY. QGTM! My goals upon graduating include either writing for a pop culture magazine/blog or work for ESPN because of my love for sports - whether that's behind the scenes or on air.

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