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4 Simple Ways to Avoid Procrastination Today!

4 Simple Ways to Avoid Procrastination Today!

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    Procrastination is a problem that most people struggle with at some point in their lives, whether it be during high school, college, or in adulthood. There are many ways to avoid procrastination and even more benefits to kicking the habit. Here are just a few ways to keep procrastination at bay.

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    1. Learn what kind of procrastinator you are. Once you can identify the way that you are most likely to delay your work, you can consciously avoid doing those activities. Use this infographic to help you determine the ways that you procrastinate. The key to this is not adopting another way to procrastinate!
    2. Reward yourself for accomplishing your goals. Having something to look forward to at the end of your hard work will make you want to get started sooner. When I’m reading for class, I tell myself that after I reach a certain page number I’ll let myself watch an episode of my favorite television show or eat something special I’ve saved.
    3. Set realistic goals for yourself. If you try to push yourself too hard, you may feel overwhelmed before you even start. That being said, don’t pad your to do list with simple tasks just so that you can cross things off.
    4. Channel your stress, don’t let it overwhelm you. Some stress is good. It acts as a motivator to get you started with your work. Too much stress, though, could definitely harm your productivity, so do your best to keep it in check. Breaking up your work with some light yoga practice or breathing exercises can ensure that you’re using your stress to the best of its ability.

    If you need more help with avoiding procrastination, try one of these articles: “Why You Procrastinate, and How to Stop. It. Now.” and “7 Steps to Kicking Procrastination in the Ass” 

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    Last Updated on June 1, 2021

    7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy (And Need to Change That)

    7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy (And Need to Change That)

    “Busy” used to be a fair description of the typical schedule. More and more, though, “busy” simply doesn’t cut it.

    “Busy” has been replaced with “too busy”, “far too busy”, or “absolutely buried.” It’s true that being productive often means being busy…but it’s only true up to a point.

    As you likely know from personal experience, you can become so busy that you reach a tipping point…a point where your life tips over and falls apart because you can no longer withstand the weight of your commitments.

    Once you’ve reached that point, it becomes fairly obvious that you’ve over-committed yourself.

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    The trick, though, is to recognize the signs of “too busy” before you reach that tipping point. A little self-assessment and some proactive schedule-thinning can prevent you from having that meltdown.

    To help you in that self-assessment, here are 7 signs that you’re way too busy:

    1. You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Took a Day Off

    Occasional periods of rest are not unproductive, they are essential to productivity. Extended periods of non-stop activity result in fatigue, and fatigue results in lower-quality output. As Sydney J. Harris once said,

    “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

    2. Those Closest to You Have Stopped Asking for Your Time

    Why? They simply know that you have no time to give them. Your loved ones will be persistent for a long time, but once you reach the point where they’ve stopped asking, you’ve reached a dangerous level of busy.

    3. Activities like Eating Are Always Done in Tandem with Other Tasks

    If you constantly find yourself using meal times, car rides, etc. as times to catch up on emails, phone calls, or calendar readjustments, it’s time to lighten the load.

    It’s one thing to use your time efficiently. It’s a whole different ballgame, though, when you have so little time that you can’t even focus on feeding yourself.

    4. You’re Consistently More Tired When You Get up in the Morning Than You Are When You Go to Bed

    One of the surest signs of an overloaded schedule is morning fatigue. This is a good indication that you’ve not rested well during the night, which is a good sign that you’ve got way too much on your mind.

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    If you’ve got so much to do that you can’t even shut your mind down when you’re laying in bed, you’re too busy.

    5. The Most Exercise You Get Is Sprinting from One Commitment to the Next

    It’s proven that exercise promotes healthy lives. If you don’t care about that, that’s one thing. If you’d like to exercise, though, but you just don’t have time for it, you’re too busy.

    If the closest thing you get to exercise is running from your office to your car because you’re late for your ninth appointment of the day, it’s time to slow down.

    Try these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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    6. You Dread Getting up in the Morning

    If your days are so crammed full that you literally dread even starting them, you’re too busy. A new day should hold at least a small level of refreshment and excitement. Scale back until you find that place again.

    7. “Survival Mode” Is Your Only Mode

    If you can’t remember what it feels like to be ahead of schedule, or at least “caught up”, you’re too busy.

    So, How To Get out of Busyness?

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