Okay, so we all know how easy it is too put off that bit of work that needs finishing, or ignore that deadline which is only around the corner but why? Why do we constantly make excuses? I know the feeling of not wanting to go to the gym or go on that run because, well… I can't be bothered. It's so easy to say "I'll do it tomorrow" but tomorrow rarely comes and we end up pushing it off to the next day.
I find procrastination something I often do and over the years I've realised it's something I've had to stop doing so often. It's one of those things which we all know isn't helping us in the long run, especially when you're up until 5am the night before your assignments due lols! (I can't lie, I've done this many times) but think how much unnecessary stress we put our mind and bodies through when doing this. Wouldn't it just be easier if we'd done it during the 4 weeks prior to that one night, when we HAD the time to do it. Again, what about the times we've planned to go to the gym in the evening and do the spin class, but made the excuse that were to tired and had a long day at work. Wouldn't you have felt better for just pushing yourself and getting it done? Uhh, probably yes!
I wanted to offer a few tips on how to avoid procrastination and STOP making excuses for why we can't do something.
1. When it comes to exercise, instead of finding reasons why you can't do that workout of why you can't go to the gym tonight, find the reasons why you need to and think of all the benefits of what that workout will do. Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress and boost energy, so if that excuse is because you're tired or had a long day – think of how energised you'll feel after! You'll feel so much better once you have done it rather than making the excuse as to why you didn't. Whenever I really don't feel up to going to the gym or going outside for a run I just grab my laptop, jump on to YouTube and find a HIIT workout – they're amazing! I normally do Joe Wicks' 15 minute workouts but there are even some that take a minimum of 5 minutes! And the best thing with these is that you can do them any time, anywhere plus they burnnnn!!!
2. When thinking you have all the time in the world to complete that assignment or to read all the articles you've been given to study. Think, if you really want to leave it to the last minute or whether you'd prefer to spend that last minute before your deadline feeling stress free, knowing you've already completed your work. Is that new episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians really worth it? (This is something I would've 100% chose) But, let's be honest it's not fun staying up until 2am trying to make your assignment 4,000 words. So… Stop! Put your phone down, turn the TV off and create a timetable of when you're going to study and stick to it – this way you'll avoid last minute pressure and will have more time to ensure you've completed your work to the best of your ability.
3. Use your time wisely! It's so easy to waste time doing things which aren't productive or worthwhile – when we know full well we could be doing something else. Although we may convince ourselves that there are simply not enough hours in the day – believe me, there are! Depending on what time you wake up, you could make the most of your day and ensure that IT IS productive. If you're used to waking up at 7 and coming home at 6 and thinking you have no time to workout, why not set your alarm an hour earlier and fit in a short workout then? This way it's done and out the way and you don't have to worry about making an excuse when you get home about why you can't do it! It's all about managing your time wisely. If you make the most of your time you will soon begin to realise, there really are enough hours in the day and that the same old excuses aren't necessary!