Beating Procrastination

          In September, it seems that students always do their homework, study for tests, get involved in extracurricular activities, and still find time to hang out with their friends . Albeit most of these students crash and burn later in the year, they end up having an awesome first month of school.Unfortunately, I lost my motivation after the first few days of the semester. September has been filled with late night studying, commuting to and from school, figuring out the chaotic bus system (which includes embarrassing myself by falling every time the bus driver hits the brakes!), getting lost often and trying to figure out how to stay on top with my school work and personal work.

          Earlier, I sat down and told myself that I cannot continue with procrastinating. I’ve realized procrastinating is giving yourself the power to ruin your life for no reason at all. I’ve had a pretty rough start but I’m ready to get on track. If you are like me and need some motivation for your uninspired, gloomy soul, here are some tips below.

1) Stop, Drop and Leave– Instead of moping at the library when you’re stressed and overworked, drive around in a neighboring town or go somewhere new. Being away from stress inducing environments, can improve your mood and spark motivation.

2) Less Mess -Less Stress– Clean your desk, take out the trash, maybe buy some cute stationary. When I clean, I automatically feel productive and less confused. The less scattered my textbooks and notes are, the more my brain feels neat and tidy.

3) Try Pomodoro-If you’re like me and have a huge pile of work but don’t have any idea on where to start, try the Pomodoro technique. Set a timer (or get the Pomodoro app) and work for 25 minutes straight on the item that has the first due date. No distractions. No excuses. If the time is up and you’re not done, you don’t have to continue but you most likely will trick yourself into it. 

4) Have Self ControlIf Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr distract you easily download SelfControl (an OS X application which blocks access to websites for a predetermined period of time). The best thing about this is that it cannot be undone until your time period expires. There are many other applications like Self Control, so check them out!

5) Power Nap-A lack of sleep is a significant cause of fatigue and stress. You’re health is more important than pulling an all- nighter and feeling like a zombie the next day. The best time to take a nap is from 1-3 P.M. Power naps should be around 20-30 minutes to have the best results. With the proper nap, you’ll wake up refreshed with a memory boost and motivation for increased productivity. Happy Napping!