procrastination

Create A Separate Chrome User Account To Reduce Distractions

It’s easy to get distracted when the first thing your browser shows you in the morning is Facebook, Twitter or your favourite site. Reduce the clutter by adding a separate, work-only account to Chrome.


Use A Special Calendar Colour For Deadlines (As Opposed To Events)

Most of us hate deadlines, but they’re part of life. If your deadlines are whooshing by, adding a unique colour cues you in that the deadline is creeping up.


Don't Use Preparation As An Excuse To Procrastinate Change

Whether it’s switching jobs, moving to a new city or ending a relationship, change can be scary. Sometimes, we tell ourselves we’re planning for change when we’re actually just putting it off.


Find The Hurdles In A Project Before Procrastinating

Let’s be honest. You’re going to procrastinate at some point. It happens. Before it does, though, spend the time — say, 15-30 minutes — to identify the problems you’ll inevitably face in a project.


Trick Yourself Into Meeting Self-Set Deadlines By Keeping Them Urgent

Setting a deadline for yourself can be helpful or completely useless, depending on how you treat it. You can give yourself a higher chance of actually meeting your own deadlines by setting them near the present.


Space Out Studying, Don't Cram, To Learn More Effectively

All it takes is one semester of university to realise how easy it is to slip into a last-minute cram session habit, and two semesters to realise how poorly you remember things after a marathon cramming session. Try pacing yourself instead.


Create A Personal Starting Ritual To Kickstart New Habits

The first step to any new habit is always the hardest. To ease the transition, create a ritual that prepares you for the task to bridge the gap between your existing routine and your new one.


'The Way A Person Does One Thing Is The Way They Do Everything'

There’s something that is far more important than reaching one of your goals: the process that leads you there. If you’re going to do something — no matter what it is — do it to the best of your ability.


Conquer An Unfinished Task By Dedicating Only Two Minutes To It

We all have those tasks we haven’t completed that seem to nag at us every day. It may seem like it will never get done, but you might just end up finding the rest of the time to complete it if you dedicate just a couple of minutes to it.


Use 'If, Then' Statements To Beat Back Distractions

You finally get started on a project and you’re in the zone, but then the phone rings, or the laundry finishes, or a new email lands in your inbox. They’re all distractions, and jumping to them can rob you of your progress. Set up a few “if, then” definitions for how you’ll handle distractions so you can stay on task.