I’m the queen of procrastination. Getting things done at last minute has become a talent of mine. Now, I know many people say it’s bad to leave things for the last moment, but I seem to work better when a deadline is approaching.
Now, sometimes we can procrastinate by accident. We forget about something until it is due the next day. Something happens that leaves us with only a little bit of time to get things done. The teacher decides to change the deadline. We realize we did something horribly wrong and we have to redo everything. Here are some tips to help you get things done at last minute:
1. Don’t Stress Out
Stressing out is the worst thing you can do. It doesn’t help you get things done and it can actually make you make more mistakes. So, relax. You can’t go back in time and you can’t do anything to change the situation so calm down and work with what you have.
2. Get Rid of Distractions
If you’re running short on time there is no room for distractions. You have to concentrate on getting your work done and doing it right. Turn off your phone. Get off social media. Tell the people in your home to not interrupt you for the next few hours. All those things can wait until later.
3. Break Up the Work into Parts
Set small goals for yourself. This helps to keep you organized and motivated. It also makes the task seem less daunting because it is no longer one giant project. It helps to keep a check-list for all the goals you have, so you can see the progress you’re making.
4. Take a Break
This may seem a bit counterproductive, but breaks are necessary. They keep you from getting bored and/or overwhelmed. Once you have about half of your task done, take a ten to fifteen minute break. Stretch your legs, get a snack or give a friend a quick call. Make sure your break doesn’t go over the fifteen minute mark so you don’t forget the task at hand.
5. When Finished, Reward Yourself
Whoo! You got it all done. Treat yourself for working so hard. Buy yourself something nice or allow yourself a few hours of relaxation. You deserve it and it motivates you to get more work done.
Alright guys and girls, I’m off. Have a nice day!