Secret “Medicines” to Deal with Procrastination

Living in the world surrounded with technology, students and teenagers tend to exhibit symptoms of procrastination such as staying up until midnight to finish their essay or crumbling everything into their brain a night before their tests. Even though many students claimed that they know that procrastination adds unnecessary stress on them, it seems like an unsolvable problem, following them 24/7.

What are the signs of Procrastination?

The dictionary definition of procrastination means the action of delaying or postponing something. I asked few students as SAS about why they think they procrastinate. Their answers: “I couldn’t put my phone down.” “I check my phone while doing homework and always end up not finishing my homework.” “I wait until the last night before due date to start my project.” “I always tell myself I can do that tomorrow.” “My body is always attracted to my bed right after I get home.” “I tell myself, “this is the last episode I will watch”, but I keep on watching it till late night.”

Those statements mentioned in the conversation above are definitely some signs of procrastination. If you have experienced one or all of these situations above and want to resolve this problem, here are some secret “medicines” that might help.

Tips for dealing with Procrastination

#1 Force yourself to start a task and try to stay concentrated for two minutes.

“It is the first step that costs troublesome.” As stated in the Chinese proverb, scientific research proves that the reason people procrastinate is mainly because people find it hard to be decisive on starting an action. As long as the action has started, people will gradually find motivation and continue to focus on their work until it’s done. In order to solve that problem, “The Two-Minutes Rule” could be used. Instead of telling yourself that you need to stay concentrated until you finish the work, it is way easier to “convince” your brain to focus on this new task for just two minutes. After two minutes, you will find that momentum that will carry you until the end of the task.

Source: https://jamesclear.com/procrastination

#2 Create a To-Do list

Some of you might be getting tired of hearing this tip, but a to-do list is the perfect tool for you to set your goal. Students might need to deal with different types of work at the same time, such as homework or tasks as a club officer. A To-Do list helps you to prioritise all of these variety of tasks. Since it is recorded, you would not forget to do things that you need to do.  Additionally, checking off the list after finishing the task gives people a sense of achievement and thus adds on even more motivation to finish the rest of the tasks on the list.

Source: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-quest-for-the-perfect-to-do-list/

#3 Use tools to help you focus

With the sudden arise of procrastination, app developers have been creating apps that could help people concentrate. 

1️⃣ Pomotodo

Pomotodo combines two of the most popular productivity techniques: Pomotodo and To-do lists. Pomotodo is a 25 minutes timer. According to research, people stays in the best status of working when they work for 25 minutes followed by a 5 minute break. Users can write down their small goals of the day, categorise them into groups and work on it with a Pomotodo clock. Pomotodo is accessible on Web, Windows, macOS, iOS, Android; . It is simple to use and boosts your productivity.

2️⃣Forest-Stay focused 

Source:https://www.forestapp.cc/en/

The app Forest allows you to put down your phone and plant a tree in the app. Users could customise their work time from 10 minutes to 120 minutes. In this app, users can also create room to plant trees with their friends. Furthermore, Forest team partners with a real-tree-planting organization, to plant real trees on the earth. User can use the coins in the app to “buy” real tree that is planted by Forest Team. The design of this app is clean and aesthetic. 

Stay focused, be present. 

—Forest

Alway remember that Procrastination is something a lot of people are dealing with and is surmountable. Once solved, you will realise that a large amount of time is wasted on phones and social media. It is not too late to make changes. Stay focused!

Author: Lily Pan

Jiaqi (Lily) Pan is currently a senior and this is her second year working for The Eye. She was born in China and has lived in Singapore for four years. She likes listening to music and eating, especially desserts. She's really excited for this experience in The Eye, and can be contacted at pan48091@sas.edu.sg

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