2 INSPIRE YOU: KICK PROCRASTINATION’S BUTT

Sometimes tasks can be so daunting that we do anything to avoid them. Some of us even get through school leaving assessments until the night before to complete. Sure, we might get away with it. But why put yourself through the unnecessary stress of the possibility of failing to meet a deadline?

Have a look below to see some ways you can kick procrastination’s butt and beat the stress that comes along with it.

Tips for overcoming procrastination

  1. Take regular and timed breaks: I’m competitive. I won’t deny it. But I’m competitive, even with myself. So when I set myself timed limits – such as an hour block – to achieve a particular task before I can take a 5-10 minute break, I find that I am more likely to be motivated to do as much of it as I can so that I can beat the clock. Try setting yourself break times at regular intervals. It’ll give you something to look forward to and make the time go just that little bit more quickly. Breaks also help to ensure that you are not over-worked.
  2. Do not over-estimate yourself: As an avid list-maker, I tend to spend forever making lists of all the things I need to achieve. They seem simple enough on a piece of paper. Sure, I can do 300 pages worth of readings in a few hours. But, oh wait, I forgot to include lunch, and dinner. I also forgot that I have to clean up a little around the house. Not to mention the fact that I have to go and pick up cat food or else this little kitty will starve. And suddenly, that list of 10 things seems pretty impossible to finish in a day and the panic sets in that I am not likely to complete it so I spend another hour stressing. Be realistic with your lists. Don’t try to finish everything in one go. Do a little bit each day, and it will be that much easier to stay motivated and keep yourself from procrastinating.
  3. Reward yourself: It is so much easier to feel motivated to do something when you know there is a reward waiting for you on the other side. During exam weeks, I used to ‘reward’ myself with 5 minutes of social media and mobile phone usage for every 55 minutes of study. Somehow, it actually worked. Find a balance between working and rewarding yourself and see how it helps you get things done with less hassle.
  4. Break it down: Sometimes we procrastinate because the task at hand seems too big and daunting. Why not try breaking it down into mini tasks? Not only will this reduce stress levels, it will also make the said task seem more manageable.
  5. Warm yourself up with easy tasks: I find that when I start to look at the tasks I’ve ticked off of my to-do list, it helps boost my motivation. Yes, this can be a little bit of a ‘quantity over quality’ type of thing, but if it helps you get more done, why not?
  6. Understand your productive peak times: I cannot work late at night. All nighters just did not work for me during uni. My brain would do a good job at convincing me that I would get up early to study the next day. I found that I was more productive earlier in the day than I was at night. On the other hand, a lot of my friends would prefer to get work done at night. Whichever you prefer, utilise that time to sit down and finish those tough tasks that need to be done.
  7. Accountability: If you let others know about what you need to get done, chances are you will try harder to make sure that it does get completed.

 

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THE PICASSO PLAYBACK: 24 January 2016

 

If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

– Roald Dahl

 

listenedto

Liu Bei – Infatuation (via Spotify)

Luke Pickett – Somebody Else (via Spotify)

TĀLĀ (ft. Banks)- Wolfpack (via Spotify)

Problems – Bruised (via Spotify)

Sofi de la Torre – Give up at 2 (via Spotify)

Röyksopp & Robyn – Every Little Thing (via Spotify)

Twiceyoung – Slow Down (via Spotify)

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2016 Wellness Trends (via Well+Good) – This article is filled with some pretty awesome health and fitness predictions for 2016. Great for some goal-setting inspiration.

8 Storage Solutions for Limited Closet Space ( via The Everygirl) – We both have tiny rooms and even tinier closets so any tip to combat this is highly, highly regarded!

Why Swearing Off the Snooze Button is the Secret to Better Sleep (via Vogue) – Aren’t we all suckers for that snooze button? :/

11 Surprising Things That Affect Your Dreams (via Elle) – Considering I usually start my mornings texting friends about my crazy strange/scary dreams, this is quite interesting! – R

Just In: Your Beard is a Medical Marvel, Breeds Army of Good Bacteria (via Pedestrian.tv) – Beards 1 – no beards 0!

Start the New Year Right (via To Work or Play) – #motivation #inspo #positivity #etc

 

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Les petites mouchoirs (“Little White Lies”) (2010) – When a movie is directed by an actor who was the lead male in my absolute favourite film (Guillaume canet, Jeux d’enfants) and features the female lead of said favourite movie (who just so happens to be his partner, the ever so beautiful Marion Cotillard), I knew I needed to watch it. It did not disappoint. There are a few movies out there with the same sort of concept – one member of a group of friends dies or is nearing death, leaving the others to band together (and possibly reunite) as a result. However, Les petites mouchoirs isn’t as conventional as the others. It features a random and not so random story of unrequited love, the struggles of moving on from past loves, owning up to past mistakes and facing the repercussions of current mistakes. Yes, I cried. But, to be fair I cry in most movies. – R.

 

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THE PICASSO PLAYBACK: 28 JUNE 2015

“Each of us has the power and responsibility to heal ourselves, to be our own medicine man or woman. Awakening our innate powers of being, loving, knowing, seeing, and healing involves ongoing work at all levels and in all dimensions of our self. Exploring the range of rhythms and emotions, achieving insights into our conditioning and ego, moving through the energy levels of spirit – these are all activities to be integrated into our daily lives.” – Gabrielle Roth from Maps to Ecstasy: A Healing Journey for the Untamed Spirit

 

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Wet – Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl (via Spotify)

Say Lou Lou (ft. Chet Faker) – Fool of Me (via Spotify)

Lo Fang – When We’re Fire (via Spotify)

Sinead Harnett – She Aint Me (via Spotify)

Sinead Harnett – Days With You (via Spotify)

Sinead Harnett – Paradise (via Spotify)

 

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Why I Left Scientology: Carmen Llywelyn (via Gawker) – A dark look into Scientology and the control it has over its members.

Anthropologie Put Six Bobby Pins on Sale for $15 (via Racked) – Classic Anthropologie

The Most Inspiring Life Lessons from Humans of New York (via My Domaine) – Refreshing and heartwarming

Fake Outrage: Dealing with Criticism (via The Minimalists) – Food for thought!

 

watched

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) – This documentary was amazing. Amazing! It is so shocking to find out all the things that go on in this cult/religion/non-profit-organisation-which-does-not-need-to-pay-any-taxes-beacuse-it-is-apparently-a-religion and then to realise that they get away with this each and every day. I just cannot understand how a belief system can be so harmful to the lives of people who accept it. For them to tell people to disclose every small atom of their souls, only to hold it on record to use against them should they decide to diverge from it. Seriously, just watch it. You won’t regret it! – R

The Skeleton Twins (2014) – I watched this movie having only seen the little vague synopsis that appears on Foxtel. I’m actually quite surprised I’ve never seen a trailer about this movie or even a review as I’ve heard of it for so long. So, I was definitely not expecting suicide to be the theme of the movie. It wasn’t actually as bad as I thought it would be (given the first few minutes of the movie featured a guy trying to take his own life). It was as light-hearted as could possibly be for such a dark theme. Maybe I’m growing stronger, but I’m most surprised that I did not cry once during the whole thing – even the scene at the top of a building (<3). Besides, I love Bill Hader so it was a win either way. – R

Veronica Mars: The Movie (2014) – My favourite television show OF ALL TIME is Veronica Mars. When i heard the show got cancelled after only 3 Seasons i was heartbroken and i had been wishing for a reboot ever since. When i heard that they were making a VM movie funded by kick-starter (completely funded by the fans) it brought a sprinkle of happiness to my life. I think i loved the movie because i was already a fan, (not to mention it got me through high school) however i must commend the writers as always for providing the best plot twists, like any other GOOD detective/ crime solving thriller. This just happened to be Veronica Mars, the kick ass, witty, intelligent, strong, and hilarious crime solving teen i always aspired to be in life. Seriously guys- give it a go. Watch the series then the movie #best – S

Entourage – The Movie (2015) – For any fan of the series, the movie will definitely not disappoint. It lives up to the anticipation in my opinion and the ending was awesome for anyone who has been a fan and followed the series from the beginning. Fast track however many years later and see where everyone ended up i’m sure every fan has always wondered. In this movie every character got to shine, we even get to see the real might and loyalty of Ari Gold, if i was to sum it up as a fan? The movie provides a true ending but even throughout, you still feel like your apart of their lives, like no time has passed. – S

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