Thursday, August 5, 2010

Procrastination Free Zone

For the past couple of weeks I have been feeling really unmotivated and one thing I have found is the longer you feel unmotivated and do nothing about it the more unmotivated you get. I finally decided that I had to kick the winter blues, get off the lounge and get going. Here is some things that I found have really helped me be more productive this week.

- Plan out your week ahead of time. Make sure you actually write down time for exercise and running errands. Actually seeing it written down means you are more likely to do it.

- Write a to do list every night before bed for the next day. Categorise the different things on your list so that you dont waste time getting them done. For example do everything related to housework at the same time. Do the jobs you are dreading the most first and that way the list gets easier as you go along. Getting things crossed off the list feels like an accomplishment in itself.

- I am not a born athlete and struggle with making time to exercise even though I feel 100% better about myself after a workout. I have been leaving my gym clothes out ready to go each day and put them on and run off to the gym as soon as I get home from work so I dont have time to make excuses. I have also been carrying a drink bottle with me everywhere I go, being properly hydrated seems to make a big difference for my energy levels, otherwise I am left feeling larthagic.

- Stay away from the tv. Tv is the biggest time zapper for me, I turn it on, get interested and dont leave and hours can just run away. No tv until everything that needs to be done is done then I can zone out.

- I am a bit of an internet junkie and always have several browsers open whenever I jump on the computer which means anything non - internet related i.e. uni assignments take twice as long to do. Disconnecting the internet and just working on the assignment means I get things done twice as fast. This is one step that I am still working on... your lovely blogs, plus twitter and facebook have a magnetic pull.

- Last but not least, and easier said then done, dont let the weather dictate my mood or motivation. Yes its cold and yes I just want to snuggle under a doona in front of the heater but getting up and achieveing things is much more rewarding and when you do actually get to chill out it will be far more enjoyable.

How do you stay motivated and organised?


  1. Oh boy I totally know what you mean. :( I need to get more organized for sure. I'm terrible with keeping a planner and I always go out and buy one to try. We'll have to get to that again.. and try not to fail, lol.

    I definitely try staying away from the TV because I definitely waste a lot of time with that. I only watch shows on the internet because at least I can be doing some crafts of letter writing up in my room rather than just sitting on the couch downstairs.

  2. I am so unmotivated. I have been for over a month now. And I've been sick. (I haven't updated my for almost a month :( I suck.. )
    I should probably try some of these advices. Thanks! ^^

    xx Sophie

  3. Ohhh this is so hard for me. I am the worst procrastinator! Do you know that the etymology of that word is so cute . . . "pro" means "for" in Latin, and "cras" means "tomorrow"? I think that's pretty adorable. For tomorrow! haha. In any case, I am such a sucker for tv and internet, I tell you what. And with an emotionally draining job, it's easy to justify zoning out for a while. But it does feel so good to exercise . . . even though it's hard to motivate myself cause there are a million other things I'd like to be doing!

    xoxoxoxo to you!

  4. i've always been a procrastinator, but i used to be better at doing things at the last minute...nowadays, i can barely find time to sit down and eat! i'm not big on tv, but the 'net is a big time suck for me. and exercise? what's that? haha! thanks for the tips!

  5. With technology anymore, it's so hard to stay on task!! Not to mention all the wonderfully distracting blogs I'm addicted to now. Seriously. I'm going to need to definitely take some of these hints to heart when I go to college soon.

    Great tips :)

  6. I love these suggestions!!! I agree - working out can be HARD to get motivated to do, but I agree with leaving clothes out or packing a bag. It always keeps me focused!

  7. Haaa! Excellent tips. I'm one of the biggest procrastinators alive so I completely understand how you feel. Making a list the night before is a big one I'm starting to do.

    As for doing the things you like least first, I agree. So I try and clean the bathrooms first before anything else usually.

    As for exercising I'm not doing too bad at the moment. I'm doing some Wii fit, running up and down the stairs and doing a few other little exercises. And water is a big thing! x

  8. i'm a big bliever in lists. i got a notebook from meghan during your stationery swap and i've carried it ever since. i make a fresh list every day carrying the things over from the day before that didn't get completed. good luck with all the great changes you are making!

  9. I am such a big procrastinator :/ In fact, I thought about setting up a procrastinators fcebook group, but then I thought, "Nah, I'll do it later" haha, only kidding.

    Something I don't get is why list lovers are generally also procrastinators. It's so weird. I seriously love lists and crossing everything off them, but I also love putting things off 'til tomorrow. The mind boggles.

    I like all of your ideas! I think I'll adopt some myself!

    x Jasmine

  10. Great tips Megan! Writing a list before is a great idea. I normally right a to do list on my iPhone and put it as my wallpaper on my phone. I check my phone every 5 minutes so having that as the wallpaper works well for me.

    I'm so glad I never had a computer or the internet while I was studying... I would of failed big time. Especially if I had mypace and facebook back then.

  11. seriously, i am such a procrastinator. it's real nice to not be alone in this, thanks for a lovely, encouraging post meg, lovelovelove.
    - L

  12. I am UBER unmotivated lately and keep saying I'm going to get my act together "next week..." Well I've run out of time! I need to get busy NOW! Thanks for these tips.


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