We’ve all been there: putting off homework, skipping a workout, binge-watching Netflix. When life gets busy, we get overwhelmed, + we deal with it by not dealing with anything at all. It’s always easier to procrastinate instead of facing the responsibilities that are looming over your head [probably at this very moment!].
The worst part is that we know it’s not good for us, but that doesn’t necessarily stop us from doing it. + in the end, our work is rushed, the results most likely aren’t as impressive, + we end up feeling way more stressed out than we need to! Start training your mind to see every task in a new perspective, + your to-do list will instantly become a lot less intimidating. ; )
1] JUST GET STARTED
I think we all know that the hardest part of any task is just starting it. The mere thought of having to write an essay, go to the gym or study for a final exam is exhausting in itself, so we look for ways to put off doing whatever is making us anxious. But every single time, as soon as you actually sit down + get started, you realize how EASY it is! Your perception changes immediately, + suddenly the task isn’t quite as stressful or daunting as you thought it might be. The bonus of getting started sooner rather than later? Say goodbye to *cramming* — you’ve just given yourself more time to complete the task, so you can complete it in many small increments + take plenty of breaks.
2] TAKE TWO [MINUTES]
If you haven’t heard of the *2-Minute Rule,* start following it ASAP. If whatever you need to do is going to take less than two minutes to complete, do it now. Responding to an email, putting the dishes in the dishwasher, throwing your laundry in the dryer, hanging up the clothes that are piled on your floor — all of these little things can add up + cause unnecessary stress if you put them off. For the bigger, more important tasks, think of it this way: everything you have to do can be STARTED in two minutes or less. You can’t study for an exam in two minutes [WE WISH!], but you can definitely get out your class notes in that amount of time.
3] GET CREATIVE
Believe it or not, there are tons of creative ways to keep yourself from putting off those things on your to-do list: Devote a certain day of the week [or a block of time each day] for different tasks. Sundays can be your *plan-for-the-week* days. Every day from 3:00 – 5:00 pm can be your designated block of time for homework. This can narrow your focus + make life seem a lot less overwhelming, because you’re dedicating your energy to one thing at a time + getting it all done at once. Or, try using the good old-fashioned fear tactic + make a list of the consequences you’ll face if you don’t meet your deadlines [poor work quality, disappointment from others, unnecessary stress, etc.] — these are avoidable if you just sit down + get to work!
4] ALLOW YOURSELF TO PROCRASTINATE
Wait, what? YEP — just go with us here. Not only can you block time each day to complete certain assignments, but you can also set aside time where you allow yourself to *procrastinate*. Did you just work on a project for a couple hours? Give yourself 15 minutes to get your procrastination fix — whether that’s scrolling through insta, talking to a friend, or reading the CHAARG Blog ; ). If you find it hard to get back to work after taking a break, try setting a timer. You won’t have to worry about how much time has passed + you can make sure your *quick break* doesn’t stretch into an hour of procrastination.
5] TAKE SMALL STEPS
We all have those days when we just do NOT feel like going to the gym. But if you take that one small step — like simply putting on your super cute #FitGear — you’re already halfway there. If you have a 10-page essay to write, focus on just writing the introduction paragraph first. These might seem like small things, but they will inevitably lead you to finish whatever you’ve started. Once you get started, you’re much more likely to keep going!
6] TREAT YO’SELF
Finish your project today + you can hang with your friends tomorrow night. Run three miles this morning + you can buy yourself a little somethin’ from the CHAARG shop today. ; ) By setting up a reward system for yourself — no matter how small your rewards may be — you can really motivate yourself to get #work done. When getting a good grade or running a half-marathon aren’t big enough incentives to get you to stop your Netflix marathon, add something else to the mix. Incentives truly change the way you think about your tasks, because now there’s something in it for you!
So whatever you’re procrastinating on right now by reading this blog post, it’s time to go get started on it. ; )
+ Christina [@christi_inchaarg] // OSU CHAARG
+ Photography // Kaitlyn Bowman [@kaitb_inchaarg]