Procrastination strikes us all from time to time. Most of the time it’s not such a big deal; you can always get some work done tomorrow.
But when you sit at the computer for 9 hours and only manage to write 112 words of your thesis, then you’re going to feel like crap.
When you get stuck in a pattern of procrastination, you need to break out of it. These three simple tricks are to get you out of the short-term rut.
3 ways to beat thesis procrastination
1: Change Location
Sitting day after day at a computer writing a thesis can be literally mind-numbing, just when you need to be at your most mentally nimble.
Your brain craves variety. That’s why the internet is so damn distracting. If you’re stuck in a rut, changing location can help get your brain going again
If you have a laptop, try working somewhere new. The more unusual the better. You could go to Starbucks, but you have more imagination than that. You could try these alternative venues
· The lobby of a posh hotel
· The park
· The isle of Jura (where George Orwell retreated to write 1984)
If you have a desktop, try moving your desk.
2: Make a bet
Procrastination often happens because there’s no immediate consequence to not doing it now. So create one.
Take an amount of money you care about losing, put it in an envelope and give it to a friend you trust. If you get your chapter done in time, you get the money back. If not, they keep it.
You are making a bet on yourself. You’re taking action to back up your belief that you can get it done. Now every time you reach for the mouse to click onto Facebook, you can think of the money.
3: Get away from your computer
Bear with me on this. It might seem counter-intuitive, but if you’re sitting there getting nothing done, what do you have to lose?
Close everything except the one thing you need to work on, then get away from the computer. It’s far better to spend some relaxed time to focus your mind on what you’re going to do than sitting there feeling guilty about not doing it.
Don’t sit around talking, don’t watch TV or read books, and don’t go to sleep.
You should think about how you’re going to attack the task, picture yourself doing it, then when you’re ready, come back to the desk and do it.
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