‘’You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.’’

Procrastination, for those of us plagued by it, in large part reflects our persistent struggle with self-control as well as our inability to accurately predict how we’ll feel tomorrow, or the next day.

As you lay on your bed shamelessly scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed, remember, procrastination will not complete your task. Rather it will compel you to anxiously worry over it, and in the end, yield just a satisfactory, hasty end result. As some say, procrastinators may say they perform better under pressure, but more often than not that’s their way of justifying putting things off. The bright side? It’s possible to overcome procrastination—with effort. Try these 5 methods from today and see if they work on you!

Make a list of your responsibilities

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Whether, it’s a tedious list of your house-hold chores or school assignments, make a list of what you need to and chalk out a routine for yourself. The key is to assign specific time periods to every task you need to get done. Failed to work within time? That’s it, a big red zero going up on your planner tonight.

Start with the hardest task

Begin your day by completing the most complex task on your to-do list. And the rest of the day – and your to-do list – tends to feel a lot lighter and easier to move through. It’s amazing what difference this one action makes!

Eliminate your procrastination pit-stops

If those Messenger notifications popping up from your favourite group are stealing your attention from your Chemistry textbook, well it’s time to mute your notification option. Or might as well, just temporarily delete the account. It may seem weak to tackle procrastination via self-binding method, but if that ensures an A* grade in the test next day, then that’s what you should be doing.

Breathe in inspiration

Being close with someone who has already achieved your desired targets may be an eye-opener. It will not only induce a brilliant sense of competition within yourself, but it will have a positive effect on you and your productivity. Trust me, it has worked for me on multiple occasions!

Get a grip and just do it.

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Reality check: no successful has ever pinned down procrastination in their autobiographies!

by Farah Zabin Rahman