Finding yourself with the drive for working or studying but just end up doing it later? Do these things to stop yourself from procrastinating with Nasir from Kharma Medic.
I’m now a third-year medical student studying at King’s College London. As a medical student, I want to tell you guys how to stop procrastinating. I spend a pretty decent amount of my time studying and so it’s crucial for me to know how to stop procrastinating, get started with work and finish what I need to get done.
Let me tell you the five best tips I can think of how to stop procrastinating.
Give yourself rewards
This is actually my favorite tip of all-time and is probably the reason why I can work so hard and get so much done. I always give myself rewards when studying. Personally, I study in four-hour blocks and I always start with something to drink. It’s usually coffee but it could also be tea or juice or even just water. So I tell myself, ‘Okay now, enjoy this beverage while you’re studying and at the one hour mark, you can go to the kitchen and get yourself a snack.’ I’ll usually get myself some apples a bowl of grapes, candy whatever it is.
During that first hour of studying, if I’m ever feeling a little bit demotivated or I need a little bit of a push, I’m thinking about the snack that I’m gonna get as my one hour reward. Continuously give yourself something that you can look forward to, something that has an end goal.
Break down big tasks into smaller chunks
Sometimes when you’ve got a lot of studying to do ahead of you, for example, you have to write a really big paper or you have a big exam that you’re studying for, it can be really intimidating to think that you have to do all of that in one go. If you break down the tasks into smaller pieces, for example, today I’m gonna write 500 words of my essay or I’m gonna go through lectures 1 to 5 for my upcoming exam. Give yourself a realistic goal that you can work towards and that you can actually complete in the foreseeable future. When you complete it, you feel good about yourself, you cross it off your list and you move on to the next chunk of the bigger task.
This one is really important, I set timers for all of my breaks. If you’re working on something for hours on end, it’s only natural that you’re gonna feel like you need a five or ten-minute break every now and again. The difficult part is actually sticking to a five minute or ten-minute break on your phone and not just endlessly scrolling through Instagram for half an hour. As soon as that timer rings, close your video, lock your phone and just hide it. Just put your phone out of your sight if you can’t see your phone it won’t be on your mind as much.
This tip is about time management and making plans. The very first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is I plan and usually even before I go to sleep, I’ll have a pretty good idea of what it is that I’m gonna do the next day. I sit down and think about exactly how many hours in my day I need to sit down and study, how many hours I can dedicate to chillin’, doing chores, administrative tasks, whatever it is. This way, I have a good idea of all the different tasks that I need to do and how they’re gonna come together. A very important part of this is to be realistic with yourself and not underestimate how long a task is going to take you.
Make sure that you actually do things you enjoy in your evenings and your nights off, there’s no point pushing yourself for twelve hours a day for five days and doing nothing that’s fun at all. Because then you’re gonna burn out and you’re not gonna be able to de-stress and let your mind and body.
How to Stop Procrastinating & GET THINGS DONE | KharmaMedic
By: Kharma Medic
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