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Whether you’re in college, just out of college, or have been an alumnus for a couple of years, the struggle is all the same: PROCRASTINATION. She’s a huge hater and doesn’t want to see you succeed. She wants you to play games, sleep in, and lounge around instead of working towards being that boss that we both know you can be!
Procrastination is not your friend, Productivity is. She wants you to work hard and see great results. She wants the best for you and won’t let you slack or put in the bare minimum.
Dump procrastination and get yourself some productivity! Here’s my tips on how to combat procrastination, boost productivity in your life, and just get more s*** done:
Plan Out Your Days
Planning out your days leaves less room for your mind being overcrowded in chaos! It helps to organize your thoughts and plan out what you want to accomplish each day, so you don’t feel overwhelmed by all of the things you want to get done.
Invest in a good planner or add a task in your phone for you to check off on a weekly/daily basis. I sit down and write out my tasks in my planner about once a week and just plan out everything I want to accomplish in the week coming up. Sometimes while writing it down, I think of more things that I had forgotten about that I want to complete, also!
It’s easy to keep all of your ideas in your head but it makes it harder to stay on track with all of your goals. Make your life even easier by just getting a planner (thank me later).
Write a To-Do List
So, after you’ve planned out your daily and weekly goals, go a little further and break down those goals into simpler steps to complete. For example, if one of this week’s goals is to clean your kitchen then break this down into steps of wiping down the counters, sweeping the floors, cleaning the stove, etc.
You’ll feel way more successful as your ticking off all of the things you’ve completed throughout the day (go you!).
With all of your goals in mind, set deadlines for when you want to complete them! Back to my example of cleaning the kitchen, if you want to clean the kitchen this week then set a deadline for a specific day.
Be specific and intentional with your goals and then hold yourself accountable for completing them!
It doesn’t benefit you to write down all of these goals without having a timeframe of when you want to complete them (you can get real lazy, real quick).
Set a goal, set a date, and get to work (you got this, girl)!
Wake Up Early
I know #SleepisLife but also “the early bird gets the worm.” It hurts at first but waking up early feels like you have so much more time in your day (you do) and that you can accomplish so much more (you can)!
Get up early, get a head start on preparing for your day, and put your best foot forward. Yes, I’ll be the first to tell you that I love to sleep but here’s a question. How stressed are you when you keep hitting snooze and then have to rush to get ready…every morning?
Go to bed a little earlier so you can wake up a little earlier! I promise you you’ll feel less frazzled and way more productive when you get an early start on the day.
Clean Up Your Space
This includes cleaning up both where you live and where you work, sis!
In college, it’s easy to get lazy and to not clean your room as often as you’d like, so sometimes it can go weeks without being cleaned. You’re a struggling college student and you’ve got a million other things on your mind so you have an excuse (like the 2 term papers due tomorrow that you haven’t started ).
But how productive is that? We’re trying to be better and do better so let’s clean up our lives a bit!
Do your laundry, fold your clothes, organize your place and make it a clean space for you to be productive and cancel out some of the distractions in your environment. You’ll feel less likely to lose your mind and better motivated to be productive when your room and your workspace aren’t a complete mess (organized mess or not)!
Hide Your Phone
Our phones are the devil! They’re addicting and they have everything we could ever need: we can contact who we want when we want, buy whatever we want, go on social media, play games, listen to music…LITERALLY DO WHATEVER WE WANT!
There’s a lot of freedom but there’s also a lot of us who are being controlled by our handheld devices (almost exactly like those commercials where the person is being controlled by their cigarette addiction and being told what to do and where to go…by the cigarette lol).
STOP LETTING YOUR PHONE CONTROL YOU. Put it on do not disturb, put it in another room, hide it if you have to but leave it alone for just a little while even if it’s 30 minutes at a time (I know it’s painful but you’ll love yourself more for it).
If it’s not paying your bills or helping you accomplish everything you need to then pretend like it’s not there. You’ve got things to do, girl, and time waits for nobody!
Take a Break
I believe that if you’re going to work hard then you have to play hard, too! Take the time you need to refresh and get your thoughts in order so you can conquer your day.
Whatever that looks like for you, whether it is treating yourself to getting your hair and nails done or going for a walk to get some fresh air, take advantage of it!
You can’t be productive if you’re not rewarding yourself with some “me time” to give you that little boost. Yes, be tough on yourself and hold yourself accountable but you don’t need to be your own Drill Sergeant. Even God rested for a day so I think you can ease up and rest, too!
What are you doing to be productive? How do you manage to stop procrastination?