Regardless of who you are and where you are at in your life, it is probable you have some work in which you are procrastinating from. From GSCEs to degrees to doing your own independent work, procrastination is a normal form of ignoring all your responsibilities until it all gets too much. Therefore, it is essential you have some reasons to motivate you through your work – to get it done, get it over with, and avoid future meltdowns.
Make a schedule
This is the essential first thing to focus upon. This can be quite a fun activity, perhaps using a whiteboard or a big piece of paper – with lots of highlighters to make things clear. It is important to plan your time wisely, based on priorities and the difficulty of the work. However, it is also important to give yourself a break, and if you plan everything too strictly, you may find yourself struggling as you are disinterested. Give yourself the option to change your work around if you are not really into it, as long as you can accomplish something. It is often easier to wake up early and study in the morning, and have the evening as a relaxed time and something to look forward to.
Give yourself lots of breaks
It is widely believed that the human brain can truly concentrate for 45 minutes before you begin to become less effective. Through revision, this could be a great excuse to have a cup of tea every hour. It’s usually best to have 45 minutes of solid work, then to walk around or at least do something different for about 10 minutes. This routine means you look forward to your breaks, and they are never very far away.
Rewarding yourself for doing something difficult puts everything in perspective. It is really beneficial to reward yourself, even with little things like food or perhaps (if you can afford it) buying clothes or a small present. This gives the motivation to continue as well as something to look forward to. Obviously, you cannot use this constantly to motivate yourself, but rewarding yourself perhaps once a day in a long day of work makes the reward all the sweeter.
Do two things at once
This does not always work for every task you have to do – but often cleaning, or mindless making notes or reading is perfect for this. It doesn’t feel as much like you are doing work if you are listening to the radio, music, podcasts or watching a video as you do something which perhaps does not require much effort, but is just long-winded. This way, you do not really need a break, but you are enjoying yourself and feel productive at the same time.