Any cures for procrastination? 37 replies

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D.Sporky!

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#31 10 years ago

Or smoke weed. That works too..




masked_marsoe Advanced Member

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#32 10 years ago

Basically, I've found two methods that work for me: Both require a timer (kitchen/egg timers are best, must make a noise!).

1) Sprint Set a short time - 8 to 10 minutes, and a task. Work solidly on that task, without distractions, for the whole of that time. It's not long, so it's easy to focus. It doesn't matter if you complete the task in that time, the goal is to focus and work fast. (This works better with essays where the deadline is far away, and also works really well with household chores). 2) (10+2)x5 Work for 10 minutes, with 100% focus. At the bell, switch to two minutes procrastination - 100% distraction. Repeat 5 times (gives you an hour). Two minutes doesn't seem like long, but it's plenty of time to refresh Facebook, stretch etc.

You can vary the times as you need - 25/5 works as well, but generally 10 minutes is long enough to read a page or sketch out a paragraph. The key to it working is to stick to the times - and this is where the noise comes in. Having a bell or an alarm means its a lot easier to set and switch modes.




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#33 10 years ago

D.Sporky!;5409396Or smoke weed. That works too..[/QUOTE]

Not that I have anything against recreational weed usage, but it's really not a good idea to give that kind of advice while it's still illegal.

[quote=masked_marsoe]2) (10+2)x5 Work for 10 minutes, with 100% focus. At the bell, switch to two minutes procrastination - 100% distraction. Repeat 5 times (gives you an hour). Two minutes doesn't seem like long, but it's plenty of time to refresh Facebook, stretch etc.

You can vary the times as you need - 25/5 works as well, but generally 10 minutes is long enough to read a page or sketch out a paragraph. The key to it working is to stick to the times - and this is where the noise comes in. Having a bell or an alarm means its a lot easier to set and switch modes.

That is definitely a very good piece of advice, I do that myself often when writing essays. If you're a military enthusiast, like me, think of the above method like storming a building and rescuing hostages then regrouping outside for debriefing :cool:

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AttackTheSource1

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#34 10 years ago
The One and Only;5409393Go for a run, come back, have a decent breakfast and a piping hot shower with as many needlessly extravagant exfoliants and bath-salt type things as possible, then start writing.

Ahh you have succeeded in making me lol. Good on you.




NiteStryker

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#35 10 years ago

AttackTheSource1;5408731So essentially, I have 4 essays due over the next 3 weeks. Closest due in 10 days. I have not started any of them.

Anyone wanna give me some tips? :P

Do it tomorrow.

Or GTFO the forums and do it now.




AttackTheSource1

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#36 10 years ago

Tomorrow sounds good.




Granyaski Advanced Member

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#37 10 years ago
The One and Only;5409393Go for a run, come back, have a decent breakfast and a piping hot shower with as many needlessly extravagant exfoliants and bath-salt type things as possible, then start writing.

and by then it will be too late:lulz:




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#38 10 years ago

So how did that one due yesterday work out? Also as a tip if you really have to work I recommend to hit the 50-10-50-30 method. Essentially work for fifty minutes, take a small break, work for fifty minutes take a large break. it's also adviseable to do something vastly different during your breaks. Been working on the PC? Go grab a coffee for your first and take a run for your second.

As a last thing - 5000 words isn't that much and as most other folks who do uni canattest to - papers like that can be finished during a feverish night :P