Chunk it Down
- Break down large projects into small tasks, and tackle one at a time.
- Keep motivated by setting mini-deadlines and providing yourself with rewards for jobs done well and on time. (Don’t go for that cup of java until the letter is typed, addressed, stamped and in the mailbox!)
- Plan rewards at each step of the project.
Make a Choice That Supports Your Efforts
- Procrastination is choosing to delay one thing by choosing to do something else.
- When you choose to do one thing, you automatically let other choices go
- If you make no choice then you have nothing.
Use a Timer, Watch or Alarm Clock
- Set time limits on tasks to avoid hyper-focusing so much on one job that the others don’t get done.
- Divide work into short periods with frequent breaks.
- Reward yourself by doing stretches every two or three minutes.
- Leave yourself plenty of time for repeating a task, getting lost, or whatever else may occur unexpectedly.
- Write down your plans and structure activities in rational order, so that one task logically follows the next. Doing so will help you group related activities and save time.
- Example: Drop off the dry cleaning on the way to the library, instead of making two separate trips the same day.
- Ask friends for help with things you’re not good at, and focus on what you do best.
- Remember that what you don’t like doing (such as cleaning or doing laundry) someone else may actually enjoy.
- Don’t feel guilty. Remember how good it feels to do something nice for your friends and family. Then, return the favor.
Ways to Get Organized:
- Use a file cabinet for school and personal use with files that are color-coded to the subject in question (green for money matters, pink for heath and nutrition etc.)
- The “Basket System” helps keep subject material together. Baskets make it easy to stash and retrieve articles, research, notes and other material for each course. Putting things away also keeps them from distracting you when you’re trying to focus on something else.
- Put a bulletin board by your desk. This provides space to post visual reminders, deadlines for papers, tests to study for, friends’ birthdays, swim practice and everything else on your plate.