If you find yourself having a hard time completing your tasks, Katie Dwyer of HackCollege recommends a few ways you can use others to force you to be accountable.
When you're the only one in charge of getting something done, it can build up a lot of pressure. Dwyer has a few tips for outsourcing some of that pressure and pushing yourself to get things done:
- Announcing you won't be using/checking social media for a certain amount of time. (And then sticking to it because it's embarrassing to be caught "liking" an ex's photo when you're supposedly on a social media blackout)
- Announcing your word count/page count every day. This is a favourite of mine — during my thesis writing I had a big community of people who would cheer me on during the first draft. It was really helpful.
- Make plans that are contingent on you getting a certain amount of work done. Ask the other person to enforce this.
The next time you have a task that needs to get done, try using the social realm as a tool instead of a distraction.
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