How To Procrastinate Effectively?

Thanks to social media platforms and live video streaming websites, students today are distracted lot. They’d rather put things off until the last minute than focus on getting things done on time. Procrastination is a very difficult habit to break, especially when you are under a lot of stress. It always takes the longest time to complete the easiest tasks.

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Procrastination is otherwise known as delayed management. Not everyone procrastinates, but those of us that do let our limbic system control our actions. There are many famous procrastinators; Leonardo da Vinci was one of them. It took him 15 years to complete his most famous work, Mona Lisa. In fact, a Stanford University researcher, Professor John Perry has a different view on procrastinators.

Procrastination is a huge productivity problem with no apparent solution. If you aren’t motivated enough, it is very tough to push the mental block despite having a grand plan. No matter how hard and smart you work, there’s always a chance to procrastinate. When you find yourself avoiding a particular activity, take advantage of that time to do something productive. Channel your energy into doing something constructive and procrastinate productively.

Perry calls this as structured procrastination in his book, ‘The Art of Procrastination.’ It’s a kind of procrastination that turns your weaknesses into strengths. To practice structured procrastination, build a hierarchy of assignments that you need to do, ranging from the most urgent to the least important task. He says when you put off the really urgent stuff, make sure to work on the trivial yet worthwhile task. As a student, if you’re too lazy to study, instead of using social media, use that time to clean your desk, arrange your books, clear your inbox, or brainstorm a new project. Since you’re lazy, you’ll be happy to do any task other than learning. If you do these important jobs, you can feel good about doing something worthwhile.

The second step in the art of structured procrastination is to focus on the high priority tasks. Rank projects that have a strict deadline and work on tasks that are important.

Structured procrastinators require a high dose of self-deceptive skill. As you try and convince yourself to mix short-term benefits and long-term goals, it’s important to do it convincingly. In the end, you feel highly productive, as more work starts getting done.

Do you have an important task to complete and you’re dreading it? Your deadlines are approaching soon, and so far you’ve done nothing about it. If so, start following Perry’s rule of procrastination formula. If this method is not working, then hire us. Call us to ask can you take my online class? We can help you complete your homework on time.