Get Un-stuck Lesson #1: Mind Your Space

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Stuck on a problem, diagnosis experiencing writers block or suffering through constant distraction? You are not alone. Procrastination plagues students and businessmen and women alike. The resulting feelings of being overwhelmed only make the problem worse. Here are three quick tips to start off your study/work session on the right foot.

1. Mind your space. A cluttered space is distracting and does not feel comfortable. Find a box and clear it all off everything (computers/screens included) except what you specifically need . Don’t worry about organizing it first (this is a distraction technique and promotes procrastination). Just make a clear and comfortable space. Your surroundings are important too. Start with a quiet space with no distraction and limit the noise.

2. Get a timer and set it for 30-45 minutes. Part of the challenge with procrastination is the urge to take “study breaks”. People who exercise talk about the point in the work out where they want to quit, viagra approved but at that point, hospital they need to push through. This is the same with studying/working. At times when our brains are challenged, we look for ways to relieve the pressure. If you have a timer, you can just tell yourself to keep going for a few minutes more. Once the time goes off, give yourself a 15-20 minute break. Do something fun like taking a walk, petting the dog or some other physical activity (not online social media or games). Keep with the program until the day’s goals are done. After you are finished, give yourself the freedom to reward yourself with activities that before, were distracting (social media, games, television).

3. One subject/one project at a time. Setting out the daily/hourly goals of the project is really important. For those that suffer from procrastination, the point at which the work is being addressed is usually under pressure and stress. Feelings of being overwhelmed by the volume of what needs to be accomplish feels terrible and leads to poor work performance. The old adage about the best way to eat an elephant, “is one bite at a time”, applies. Break out the homework/project into your 30-45 minute goals. Do this quickly based on how you feel it might logically happen. Your intuition and left brain analytical side works much better this way. Only focus on what needs to happy right now. When overwhelming feelings creep in, just go back to your plan for right now. As you get better at this, you will find yourself naturally setting and achieving smaller goals to accomplish projects before they are due – it happens naturally!

BONUS TIP: I use magazine holders (the cheap cardboard ones you can get at IKEA or Target) for each topic. All the materials such as: books, folders, binders, etc.. go into each box. As materials come in that I need to complete the task, I put them into the appropriate box. When I am ready to do my work, I grab that box and work from it. When I am done, everything goes back into the box and onto my shelf and I grab the next subject. This tip makes it so much easier to keep organized and ready for the next study session or work project.

Bonus Tip: Use magazine holders to separate subjects/projects.

Have fun and realize study skills are a process in finding what works for you. Learn from mistakes and celebrate the successes!!

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