procrastination

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.


Overcome Procrastination By Writing Down All Of Its Side Effects

It’s important to find the cause of your procrastination, but it’s equally important to identify all of the aspects of your life it affects. Writing down and analysing your procrastination habits can help you see how it could be negatively affecting your life in ways far beyond your work.


Ask LH: How Can I Learn To Plot Before NaNoWriMo?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m a budding (not yet blossoming) fiction writer. By that, I mean I have really cool ideas whizzing around my noggin but am yet to put pen to paper or text to screen. To motivate myself I have registered for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. Unfortunately, I’m having trouble formulating a plot structure and having it accessible and presented clearly.


The 'Right' Moment To Begin Doesn't Exist, So Get Started Now

You’re tired from work. You’re not in the right mood. It would be easier on the weekend. Procrastination isn’t just distraction. It’s the thought that you’ll do it better if you do it later, but that’s rarely true.


Set Yourself Absurdly Low Goals To Kickstart A Project

One of the hardest parts of any project is simply getting started. Set your sights incredibly low and you will find it’s easy to build up momentum.


The Best Ways To Waste Time Productively

Sometimes you need to take a break from work, but you don’t want to just waste time doing nothing at all. Productive procrastination is a great in-between solution.