We’ve all been there. There is a task (or tasks) at hand, but you just can’t seem to bring yourself to do them. No matter what you do, you seem to keep putting it off more and more and then suddenly the deadline has arrived. Once again, you make a mad dash to finish the project, and if you manage to do so on time, you’re left feeling stressed and your work may not have been as good as you would have hoped.
- Reward yourself for your own good behavior: Give yourself an incentive! This is a classic tactic in getting the outcome that you want. For example, tell yourself that if you get a certain portion of your project done ahead of time, you’ll enjoy a fun night out with friends.
- Take care of yourself: You’re much less likely to procrastinate if you’re alert and ready to work. In order to make sure this is the case, take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and make sure you’re eating right (most of the time).