"I've always been more inclined to go play then to hunker down and do what needs to be done. I'd gotten really good at working under intense pressure.... like writing a paper HOURS before it's due. I've gotten tons better. "
How I did it: While this is a goal that you can never really be totally 'done' with, you can always improve, I still feel that I've moved forward with it enough to call it complete. I used to be such a huge procrastinator that it would affect me emotionally (I'd feel stressed or guilty) and physically,(because I would lose sleep trying to catch up on something).
I decided that I would benefit in many ways by getting more on top of things. So first got rid of things that were distracting. I unplugged my internet cord when I was doing homework, and kept books that weren't pertaining to the topic at hand in my desk. I designated a specific time each day in which I had to get so much of something done in a certain amount of time. For example, if I needed to go to the bank and study for an exam one day, I'd set aside a few hours to get those things done. I didn't allow myself to do anything else until I had completed those tasks. Don't try to keep the same hours every day though. I know that personally, my schedrule is so busy and varied that I can't designate the same hours every day. So if I need to get something done I tailor my hours to fit the day.
Lessons & tips: Some things are also easier if you have a friend. Studying or maybe laundry or grocery shopping can be helpful with a friend. Just be careful that chore time doesn't turn into social time.
Eat well. It's hard to concentrate if you're hungry or thirsty.
Even if it sounds like a pain, write down your goals for the day/week/month. Even if its just a little to-do-list on a sticky note. Just keep it where you can see it.
Reward yourself. After you're done of course. Get a movie or go out for coffee or something.
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