No More Procrastinating!

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We all have those days where we just can’t seem to focus or get anything done. We spend our most productive hours laying around, always promising to get up in five minutes. Then five minutes turn into 10 which somehow turns into tomorrow. Don’t worry, ya’ girl has been there before. I have a new routine that will help end the procrastination.

Step 1: Don’t Wait

Many people tend to be a victim of putting things off continuously. However, when we start to put tasks off to the side, it may feel good in the moment, but you will be left feeling stressed. According to the website for Psychology Today, this kind of habit can also lead to chronic stress. That can possibly raise your blood pressure, give you headaches and affect your breathing. So try to stray away from this habit, and get your task out the way early on.

Step 2: Plan It Out

Get a planner and schedule a given time for everything you need to do. You don’t need to plan your schedule down to the minute, however, you should try to give yourself a set amount of time to do a task, and stick to that time limit. Plus, writing down your plans has been shown to increase your probability of actually following through on the task.

Step 3: Break It Down

If you have a goal that you want to accomplish, try breaking it down into small steps. Let’s say you want to clean your room, which for a lot of us teens is a big job to do. The best way to go about this task is to mentally section your room into smaller parts, and then work toward cleaning on each part individually. Sometimes we procrastinate because the job ahead seems to be too hard, or will take too long. I know I’m guilty of this. So the next time you have a big project ahead, whether it be school related or home based, remember to break it down.

Step 4: Make It Lit!

We all have that one playlist that makes us just want to get up and move. Well here’s a secret, while you’re listening to your music, dance your way through the house and get busy. Sing into a couple cups if it makes getting through your task easier. For me, music helps a lot with getting down to the get-down. Whether it be a workout, homework, or maybe just a quick cleaning spree, having music helps.

Go ahead and give these tips a try, and see if they work for you.


By Raquia Hunt, Sophomore, Brooks College Prep


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