How to Stop Procrastinating (and being lazy)

Now, don’t lie to me telling me that you have NEVER procrastinated. Because girl, we ALL have once and for a while.

You’ve been trying to finish things off like a project or an assignment but nope. You can’t when Netflix or YouTube gets in your way.

So I’m going to be giving you a list of how to stop procrastinating and being lazy.


1. Just DO IT

Remember that clip of Shia LaBeouf giving a motivational speech “JUST DO IT”?
Well, he’s right you know.
You only got one life and time is running out. Don’t complain and make up excuses just so you can have it the easiest way out.
To be fair, I’m pretty known for making up excuses just so I can binge watch YouTube (shhh don’t tell mum!)
But he’s is right you know.
If you don’t do the things that you need to do, you won’t be able to achieve anything.
Do you want to get a good score on your test? (unless you’re already smart enough to get it without studying) then study.
Do you want to ace that project? Then do it before the due date.

 just do it


2. Breaks, breaks & breaks

Ok, even though you may be working your ass off on that project, you can’t just be continuously doing it until you get all stressed and exhausted.
Set yourself a time to do that project, for me, I set about 45 mins to an hour. Then give yourself that 15 minute break.
It will definitely help you reduce the stress and give you time to detox yourself to be more motivated to get back on that project. But don’t overdo it on the breaks!
Or you’ll end up doing the opposite of what this title says.


Man Stretching Arms during Break Time at Office



3. How about exercise?

Come to think of it, exercise helps you boost yourself to make yourself focus and work hard.
Now, I didn’t know this until I came upon a “how to stop procrastinating” video that says that exercising helps you stay awake and give you more energy.
So whenever you’re tired or exhausted, go to the gym for an hour or do 5-10 minutes of home exercise or even go for a 30-meter jog or walk can get you back on your tracks.




4. Motivation = Key

“Urgh, I don’t feel like doing this or that, it’s too hard-” No. Staph it! Again, don’t even THINK about trying to escape that route.
But how about this? Watch motivational videos on studying, goals or anything that relates to your topic?
Whenever I feel unmotivated to study, I always watch study videos on YouTube and get that motivation back again to study.
But why do I get that motivation to study when I watch someone else do it?
Well, for me personally, it’s inspiring to watch someone else study (may sound creepy but it’s true).
Just relate it to like a trend.
When someone else does it, you do it too.

just do it



5. Give yourself a reward at the end

Who wouldn’t want a reward for completing your To-Do list? (I know I do!)
Try setting up a reward when you have completed your big project.
This could be like binge-watching your favourite series, chocolate cake, sweets etc.
Anything that motivates you to get things done.




6. To think of the future…

By this, what I mean is, try seeing yourself in the future.
I’m going to give you an example: “If I don’t study for this exam, my mum will discipline me, I won’t be able to go to university or college and I won’t be able to get a degree for a good job.”
By doing this, it gives you knowledge of what is going to happen if you don’t do that task and gives you motivation for success.
Same goes for your job as well, “If I don’t get this project in on time, I will get fired, I won’t get paid and I won’t be able to support my family.”




7. Thing differently than what is expected.

What do I mean by this?
Well, here’s one for example: “I can’t do this, this is too much work.” to “Even though it’s a lot of work, if I get this done now, I won’t have anymore work to do.”
By thinking like this, not only are you giving yourself positivity, you’re actually having faith in yourself to WANT to do it.
It’s a psychology trick.
Try this method if you have a lot in your hands.




So that’s my tips on how to stop procrastinating.



Do you think these are helpful or have you got tips and advice from your own experience to stop procrastinating?

Leave all your comments below!

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Author: zyrakuma

Hi! I’m Ellen and I’m a student who blogs about lifestyle, self-wellbeing, productivity & relationship advice to make your life as simple and stress-free. I love art and playing video games. I have a pet duck (yes, I did do a post on that) and I’m currently studying Graphic Design since I have an interest in designs.

6 Replies to “How to Stop Procrastinating (and being lazy)”

  1. this is a very helpful post!

    1. Thank you! 🙂

  2. Really helpful tips, I have pinned to read again later x

    1. Thank you and I hope you enjoy it for later! 🙂

  3. Procrastination is one of the biggest weakness faced by many people. With such tips in this post and through practising the same, I think anyone can overcome this problem. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Agreed! It is one of many people’s weaknesses. If they keep practicing this routine, they know they can overcome it! 🙂

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