Prioritize Your Peace Of Mind

by Kori Clay

I have a bright yellow sticky note on my laptop that says “procrastination does not make life any easier.” 

Why? For the simple reason that I think a task can be put off and my life won’t be in shambles by the time the impending deadline rolls around. I know this. You know this. We all do it. 

The best way to avoid procrastination is through organization. Organizing your life can help clear up your schedule, reduce stress levels and allow you to give your all to the task at hand. I’ve realized over the last year that the times I was the most stressed were when my planner was blank and I was reduced to writing on my hand in order to remind myself that I had a meeting a 7:00 p.m. This can easily be avoided and I’ve found the best way to stay organized is by investing in a planner you know you’re going to write in.

My favorite planner is by ban.do; however, I didn’t like any of their prints this year so my heart left and went over to Kate Spade. Writing down strict dates of when you have deadlines helps you to remember them. It also helps to gauge the amount of time you need for a certain day when you realize you have three large tasks in one day.

If physically writing down your tasks and meetings isn’t appealing to you, typing everything you need through Google Calendar can be your next bet. Google Calendar allows you to set meetings and have reminders sent to your phone to make sure you don’t forget. 

On the other hand, I use both a planner and google calendar. I use my planner for small meetings and assignments and I use Google Calendar for work. 

Balancing between the two can be helpful and and I advise anyone wishing to get dates sorted out to utilize both.

Aside from keeping your tasks organized, staying on task can also help procrastination. 

A quick tip I picked up when I have to do a task I don’t want to do is to reward myself after completing a task. Rewarding myself usually includes going on a Twitter or Tumblr for 10 minutes,  but the problem occurs when it turns into an hour. An extension I suggest to stay on task is Block Site, which allows you to Block a site for a specific time interval after a certain number of visits. It’s the best tool to help prevent you from wandering on websites, which is another form of procrastination.

Setting deadlines and reminders, along with preventing wandering on social media are all helpful ways to stay organized. However, we all have our different forms of procrastination. Discover yours and find the best ways to tackle it.
 

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