From time to time, we are all inclined towards the play-now-work-later mantra. We are all humans, and procrastination comes free with the package.
While it may be instantly rewarding to put off tasks that you need to get done now, the headache it brings on you later is obviously a drawback.
First things first
Did your favorite YouTuber just uploaded a brand new video on that makeup tutorial you’ve been waiting for? Great, let’s watch it now. But, wait, just a second, is that why you got on the Internet in the first place? No. Knew it. You need to finish your English paper and now your mind is nowhere near that, is it?
Tendencies may be different for all. There are various ways to fill up your days. It is totally up to you to decide whether you do “first things first” or follow after unnecessary luxuries.
Since it might not be a natural reflex to do first things first, motivate yourself by setting up a reward system. It can’t be all play and no work; simultaneously, it can’t all be all work and no play, or you’ll burn yourself out.
To obtain a balance, make sure you do the required task and then treat yourself for it.
Sweep away the distractions
It takes a certain level of discipline and control to do this. Know your distractions. Have a problem hearing your phone turn off without checking who texted? Put it on silent while you’re working. If you need to be on the Web to finish off a paper, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be on Facebook or Instagram simultaneously.
If it takes you twice the time to get your math problem solved while listening to the music or radio, switch it off. You’ll save half of your time. It’ll leave you ample to enjoy the music separately.
Without a doubt, there sometimes are legitimate reasons to veer off from your prearranged schedule. You obviously cannot ditch a family gathering because according to your schedule you had to do the dishes at 3. But when the temptation to veer away from work kicks in, fight it.
Originally Published In HTV