Overcoming Procrastination: testing anti-procrastination tips

As it was promised I am going to provide some feedback for those tips that people gave me in a last video that I posted 29.11.2014.

Here, we go:

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Recommendation #1: try to use your phone’s calendar. Set up all important meetings, projects, and events with deadlines. Do not forget to put a reminder before the due date.

Feedback #1: I found helpful to set up all my meetings, school classes in the phone’s calendar. I also set up reminders according to the importance of the activity. My phone is always in my hands and I actually enjoyed see everything in one place. However, as you all know phones lose the chang quickly. Sometime you are just not able to change it somewhere at the middle on your way to the next meeting. That’s actually made me feel very inconvenient. When my phone change was over and I was exactly half way before the meeting. I was very upset but this was only one inconvenience that I faced during one week of testing. I do not know what about you personally. I will use and evaluate this tip as valuable.

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Recommendation #2: make your “ to do list” everyday. Analyze which tasks you usually leave behind.

Feedback #2: The thing with “to do list” was absolutely something that surprised me. I learned that for example, for me “to do list” per day should not be too long. It should consist no more then 10 things in order to keep me effective and productive. This number came up by the simple calculation which tasks I usually leave behind during the day and what are my average number of tasks that I usually solve per day. Try to make your own conclusion and apply it. 

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Recommendation #3: If you know that your biggest issue is Internet, try to switch it off when you make important tasks and projects.

Feedback #3: This recommendation was difficult to follow. I found out that for me Internet is a big problem. I need it all the time, but basically what I need is Google search. So, I started to use “Productivity Owl” web-site based service. It helps to decrease usage of entertainment web-sites and use Internet just for your need. It is a valuable recommendation. If you follow this tip you will see soon how much time before you just wasted for unnecessary things in Internet.

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Recommendation #4: Use mobile applications like Trello in order to organize yourself.

Feedback #4: I like Trello. It works perfectly. However, I prefer to use iProcrastinate. I think in this case, this is more or less the question of what is more easy and enjoyable for you to use. Obviously, both of them are helpful. I highly recommend to follow this tips. Mobile applications help you to get things done in a quick and convenient way.

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Recommendation #5: Do not be multitasking, focus on what you have to do.

Feedback #5: Easy to say, but not easy to apply. In my case, I found out that I got bored for being focused all the time but multitasking also was not for me. I managed to realize that this is a matter of prioritizing. I found out one way to solve this issue. If I can prioritize at list 3 main things for a day and I keep switching between them during the day, I will close them with a high probability at the same day. In this case, I would say it is high personal tip. Everyone should find their own way which  is going to work for them.

Finally, Christmas is coming in 2 weeks so, I decided to bring and little bit fun to the blog and made a small celebration video. I hope it will make all of you a little bit happier.

Stop Procrastination – 5 most helpful apps for it

I decided to post a review about the best apps that help you to fight “online procrastination”. As I noticed it is a common problem for most of us. Nowadays, we spend a lot of time in Facebook, Google +, Twitter, and different other messengers.

However, do we really spend time there effectively or our online presence is just a nice possibility to procrastinate some current duties?

There is a list of apps that can help procrastinators improve productivity and creativity and eliminate the sources of their delaying tactics:

1) iProcrastinate

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I know you would say “it costs 1,99$. Why should I buy it? I can find other options for free”.

You are right there are options for free but they are not so helpful as this one. First of all, it is incredibly easy to use. You can install it and have your first task list created in a few minutes. All tasks can be marked in an unique color. For example, you can mark your social events in one color and school projects in a different color and etc. It also has the ability to create team groups. Just create a team icon and make a search of your contact list. Secondly, for us who are fans of Apple, this application offers a convenient tool for synchronization of time-management tools between iPhone and Mac. You also can create there your plan of tasks in the calendar, “to-do” lists, priority designators and more. With constant reminders it would be difficult for you to ignore the deadline. Trust me, it works.

2) Trello

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For those who like free apps, Trello is a good alternative. With Trello, you can create boards to organize anything you are working on. If you are a big fun of making things done Trello is what you need.

3) Productivity Owl

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The Productivity Owl eliminates your time wasting habits on the Internet. Instead of just blacklisting certain websites, the productivity owl is present on every page. It allows a certain amount of time to get the info you need, and then get out. It creates a system where you learn to find what you need fast. If you don’t go fast, the owl will close the page’s tab for you.

4) Write or Die

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Write or Die is a web-based tool to help motivate you and get you writing more and faster. This is especially helpful for bloggers, writers or even for university students. For instance, I am using it right now writing this post. 🙂

5) Written? Kitten!

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This is my favorite tool. Who does not want to be rewarded for hard work? This program rewards you with the picture of a precious kitten whenever goals are reached. If you have some questions or additions, do not hesitate to write comments or send me a message. 😉

Tips how to fight procrastination in two weeks from real heroes

 

Finally, as it was promised, here you can find a video with real recommendations how to fight procrastination in 2 weeks.

A short summary of recommendations given in the video:

Recommendation #1: try to use your phone’s calendar. Set up all important meetings, projects, and events with deadlines. Do not forget to put a reminder before the due date.

Recommendation #2: make your “ to do list” everyday. Analyze which tasks you usually leave behind.

Recommendation #3: If you know that your biggest issue is Internet, try to switch it off when you make important tasks and projects.

Recommendation #4: Use mobile applications like Trello in order to organize yourself.

Recommendation #5: Do not be multitasking, focus on what you have to do.

I decided to test those recommendations and give you the feedback after a week how it will work for me.

A nice example of procratinationation

So far and so hard. Night before the exam.

As I see most of the students in the Hult Business School, where I am studying right now, are busy with midterms. I think most of us (students) just improved our ability in procrastinating that it is why the night before you can see the following😁😱 😭:image

☝️The video with different recommendations of how to fight procrastination in two weeks is coming soon. Let’s nail it.😉

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How to stop procrastinating things in two weeks?

Did not you think about it?

  From my own experience I know when and how I procrastinate things. Moreover, I even know methods that I should use in order to make it better, but in most of cases the understanding which methods are the most effective particularly for you does not come so easily and fast. The main point how to fight this habit in short period of time for example in 2 weeks. So, if you ask me right now how to stop procrastinating things in two weeks, I would not be able to give you a panacea. Considered what was already mentioned I decided to make a search and ask people around me, basically MIM students and people that I know two simple questions:

1) Do you procrastinate things?

2) Which advice do you give people who want to fight procrastination in two weeks?

 Those questions were asked to understand what methods are really work and which are just simple theory. A real video is going to be published soon. Comments, ideas and recommendations are welcome. Let’s go public! 😉

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How to fight procrastination?


Hello,

    A little bit about me before we start: my name is Kate and this is officially my first blog post. I wanted to start blogging for a long time but just now I finally got a push to start it at my Digital Marketing class. For a while, I was interested how to fight procrastination because I wanted to improve my life effectiveness. Obviously, this is important for everyone nowadays to know how to manage time at work and home in order to get things done and be successful. This blog was designed to help me and you (readers) to identify effective ways to overcome problems with procrastination. Do not give up right now! We are going to have an interesting experiment soon! 😉


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YESTERDAY YOU SAID TOMORROW.

(Source: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVoCnQ2-CdhVlK8RqEehSKQ)

  It does do not matter how many times you repeated to yourself “spot, stop, stop …… stop procrastinating things” unfortunately, in this case, the method of autosuggestion is not going to help you. We all have been there; we all know there is no simple magic in the world that can get things done for us, but there are some common mistakes that all procrastinators make which can be easily escaped.

Let’s list them:

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1. Leave an important and a long task for the last minute.  Occasionally, some people are not able to prioritize tasks that they have. They make a lot of unimportant tasks at first and leave the most heavy, important and long tasks for the last minute.

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2. Luck of focus.  Sometimes it is super difficult for procrastinators to concentrate on something and instead of spending 20 minutes to solve the problem we spend an hour or more trying to solve it.

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3. Inability to break a big project into the small pieces. Most of procrastinators are very ambitious and brave people. They like big and challenging tasks but struggle to break them into small sections and this makes their life complicated.