Procrastination and motivation

Let’s hear some real talk. When it comes to writing paper, one of ourgreatest enemies is the ever-present procrastination. We all do it. In fact, I’ve procrastinated writing this blog post. There is a chance that you are reading this blog post right now because you are procrastinating writing your paper (but hey, it’s on the Writing Center’s blog, so it kind of counts, right?). I am here to give you a few tips on beating procrastination and increasing motivation.

So why do we procrastinate? Honestly, we procrastinate because it often works. While procrastination may “work,” the truth is that it doesn’t work very well. All-nighters spent writing papers aren’t exactly fun. Beating procrastination is by no means an overnight change. It is an ongoing process of changing our habits and attitudes. This video breaks down procrastination and provides some practical, simple tips for managing it:

The Science of Procrastination and How To Manage It

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nBwfZZvjKo

I completely understand needing a mental, emotional, or psychologicalkick-start for your writing process. Maybe it’s one last glance at the Twitter feed, one more pin on Pinterest, or one more YouTube video. The trick is to not get sucked into the social media rabbit hole. Dorian’s post provides a step-by-step on eliminating distraction and buckling down. For those of you who do like to dip a toe in the social media rabbit hole, here are few videos that A) supply you with a productive kick-start and B) motivate you to get started, keep going, and finish strong!

Success: How Bad Do You Want It?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsSC2vx7zFQ

40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6wRkzCW5qI

These are the perfect time wasters because they encourage you not to waste anymore time. Speaking of not wasting time…get back to writing you paper! Remember the Writing Center is always here to help!

Jen

This post was originally published on November 9, 2015.

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