Hey Emma 💛 Do you have any advice for procrastination? I also have a hard time concentrating, what do you do (or think I could do) that would help with that?
Hi! I’ve had a few questions like this recently so I’m just going to answer this one and hopefully anyone who asked a similar question will see it! But on with the answer. I think there is a few different reasons why we procrastinate so I’m going to note those down and give a few tips for each. You can obviously apply any ideas that you like regardless of what section I’ve put them under!
1. You’ve got poor work/productivity habits. Generally you leave things until the last minute since you “work better under pressure”. (This is so me, omg.) You probably think you’ll do something after you’ve finished something else, and then never do. You get distracted whenever you’re trying to study and will sit waiting to feel motivated but it never comes. For this I’d suggest:
create a productive work environment - choose a space where you will actually work without distractions, organise your study space, have everything you need in easy reach. Surround yourself with things you find motivating such as quotes!
write it out - write down a few manageable tasks that you need to do. Writing the actions they require will help you see what you should be doing to complete something, instead of just the overall task. One by one you’ll see yourself getting things done!
focus on 20-30 minute periods - generally we lose focus after a while so taking regular breaks can help give you chance to relax and refocus. Apps like Forest allow you to set a timer and will give you off your phone at the same time. Obviously if you’re being productive, don’t suddenly cut that off because it is “time for a break”.
use apps/browser extensions to cut out distractions - ones like RescueTime or StayFocusd will block you from checking certain sites.
find an accountability partner - pick someone who you can rely on to check on your regularly and see how your tasks are coming along. You can send them your to-do list and then every few hours you can update them with your progress. You won’t want to let them down.
use the two-minute rule - if something takes less than two minutes, do it. Don’t make an excuse, just do it. Tasks that are longer you can either delegate or defer. Here is a simple visualisation of what I mean.
record your progress - doing a simple “don’t break the chain” in your planner is a great way to see how productive you’re being and therefore get you more motivated to keep it up!
2. You’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Everything seems to be mounting up and nothing seems doable. You don’t know where or how to start. For this I’d suggest:
find some help - if you’re feeling like this, it is likely you need some help in some form or another. See if a family member, friend, classmate or teacher (or Google) can help or give you a starting point.
tell yourself that getting started is the first step - you don’t need to finish a task in a matter of minutes. Start doing something small. Maybe organise what you need, highlight the important bits of your assessment, or draft an essay plan. The secret to getting ahead is getting started!
divide and conquer - figure out what is the overall task that you need to do and split it into manageable parts. For instance with an essay the aim is to write it! Divide it into planning out what you want to write, any references you need, summarising a final draft and then writing each paragraph. By dividing bigger tasks into actionable parts you can reduce the obstacles and get through each part in a more timely manner.
reward yourself - create a reward system to celebrate completing a selection of tasks. By rewarding your progress you’ll build an incentive to work and reinforce productivity (great for your self-discipline!).
learn to forgive yourself - if you have an off day, that is okay! You can’t expect to see a huge change in a short amount of time. Remember to come back to it later and try again.
don’t over schedule - if you’re feeling pressure from the amount of work and then the added pressure of trying to stick to a time limit, you’re just going to go crazy. Set yourself flexible times to get something done instead of being heavily structured. Give yourself time for a break and the ability to change tasks.
stick with one task - it can be so tempting to multitask but try not to. Try to keep focus on the what you’re doing until it is done. If you struggle with that, you could write down anything useful that you randomly think about for another task, use a break-time to think about that other task or alternate between subjects/tasks every few hours.
3. You’re a perfectionist. You either don’t want to start something out of fear you won’t get it right or you can stuck on stuck on the small details. There is a pressure to achieve “perfection”. For this I’d suggest:
focus on getting started, instead of finishing - it is easy to get overwhelmed thinking about what something is supposed to be like finished if you’re a perfectionist. Take things one step at a time.
remember that your perfectionist tendencies aren’t actually improving your work or productivity but hindering you - you’re continually setting yourself unrealistic objects and (like me) probably feel let down by yourself if you don’t reach them. Be realistic and focus on getting it done!
accept mistakes - you’ve written something wrong, don’t panic! Cross it out with a single line and move on. Things happen and you have to accept it. You can’t rip up the page every time you do something wrong, even if it is so tempting.
put things in perspective - is what you’re beating yourself up about right now going to mean anything in a week, a month, a year? Be honest if it isn’t, is it really worth putting unnecessary pressure on yourself.
praise yourself through the process - try not to criticise yourself but recognise your progress.
4. You’re wanting to do something else. You find whatever you’re doing boring. You want it to be over with but don’t want to get started. The ultimate catch 22, right? For this I’d suggest:
remember that putting it off isn’t going to make it go away - if you leave it too long you’ll end up getting more stressed about it. Best to get it over with.
plan from the get-go - once you know something is coming up (e.g. a test, an assessment, etc) make notes on it! That could be questions, annotations, potential topics, citations, etc. By making the effort to spend time reading through, you’ll save your future self some stress. Especially if it’s a topic you have forgotten. That way your notes act as a reminder so you can get started.
set a finish time with a reward - tell yourself that if you finish something by ..am/pm and then you can do something else. Use your self-discipline to not go back on this. Set a realistic time and try to get it complete before. If you can think that you’re doing something fun once it is completed, you’ll be more motivated to get it done.
make a structure - for note-taking, it can be overwhelming looking at a textbook and thinking what you’re going to write out. Make a note-taking layout/colour code that works for you and that subject. Mine is here - it just give me an idea of how I’d lay everything instead of going in with no action plan.
try to make it fun - this could be using YouTube to learn or starting a study group. Use different methods for memorising information such as flashcards, mindmaps or study guides (like question/answer).
make the effort to refocus - if you’re finding something boring and you’re unfocused, walk away for 5 minutes, get a drink and come back. If you’re really struggling, change topics for a while. Find a point where you can finish and start doing something else that is productive.
listen to some music - generally music without lyrics are best for focusing. Spotify has a great playlist for studying called ‘focus’. However I find my regular music good for getting me a little more motivated and awake. I also like writing essays to music because I weirdly sort of type in the same rhythm. Funny study hack I’ve found that works for me haha!
I hope that is useful! I must have copied and pasted my whole answer like 5 times just incase my tab reloaded and I lost everything, luckily not! You should also check out this post for smaller motivation tips and tricks! xx
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After receiving repeated asks for tips on how to run a fic writing blog, I have compiled this list. It’s not a complete list, of course, and completing all the steps has no guarantee of success, but it’s a good start for new blogs who are trying to get set up and aren’t sure where to start. I’m putting the tips under the cut as this list will probably grow over time as I find other useful additions.
I recently re-read The
Information Diet and here’s summary + some titbits of my own I thought were
The problem is not information overload, it’s information overconsumption, the former means managing the intake of vast quantities of information in new and more efficient ways. Information overconsumption means we need to fund new ways to be selective about our intake. And while it’s good to disconnect, “social medial vacations/internet sabbaticals/etc” are all ways to avoid the real problem. You need to change your consumption habits.
An information diet is not about consuming less, it’s about consuming right. Consume deliberately. Take information over affirmation.
Start by mastering data literacy — knowing where to get accurate and reliable data, what to do with it, how to filter, how to process, how to synthesise, how to draw accurate conclusions and how to think critically.
Regain your attention, choose to good and constructive info over clickbait articles and social feeds, limit your intake (diversity is good but also realise when it’s too much). Worry about consuming consciously and making the information work for you rather than the other way around.
Remove distractions, silence your phone and social notifications, get rid of advertisements (try a browser extension like uBlock Origin), block sites if you need to (try RescueTime or StayFocused), unsubscribe to email feeds. The goal is to move yourself from a reactive model of computing, where you are constantly being tugged and pulled in every direction and responding to every notification that comes across your screen, into a conscious model, where you are in complete control of what you are paying attention to.
Improve your focus (try the Pomodoro technique — 10 to 25 minutes of focused work followed by a short break. Clay Johnson actually suggests to do five intervals of 5:1 in one hour and use the remaining time to rest, then add 30 seconds to the work portion everyday. I prefer to follow my BRAC cycle and do 40 minutes of work and 20 of rest. Experiment and see what works for you), notice when you get distracted and put your mind back to the work you were doing. His diet included: email twice a day, one hour max for news intake in the morning, one hour reading fiction, one hour for entertainment (television, social media) — total time less than 6h per day, which should be your goal too.
Now, onto the topic of what info to consume:
Seek to get information directly from the sources. When you consume overly processed information, you are more subject to succumbing to your own bias and other forms of misreporting. In order to consume this information safely, you must do the extra work of investigating source material, figuring out the intent of the person delivering that information and determining that information ‘s effects on you, assessing quality, veracity, credibility and point of view.
He advocates that local news often is more actionable and relevant to the individual.
People tend to seek out only information that confirms their beliefs (confirmation bias) — this limits your exposure to good information and cause you to suffer from forms of ignorance. Moreover, it’s though having your ideas challenged that they get better. So, choose to balance your inputs, get a better perspective and learn where others come from, make an effort to keep your biases in check.
It’s also important to seek out diverse topics of information, as the synthesis of information from different fields helps us create better ideas and keep us from losing our social breadth — we have more to talk about than the specialised knowledge of our particular field. Though, at the same time, pick a niche sector and master it.
Give your mind a chance to digest the information you have taken in: take notes, review them, reread if necessary, meditate, take the time to analyse and reflect.
Also synthesis is an important step. Content creation and self-expression can useful components of a healthy diet because they help you understand better what you say, both through the internal reflection it takes to make your finding comprehensible to others and through the public feedback you get from putting your content in front of others. So consider writing.
hi emma!! i was just wondering if you had any tips to fight procrastination. when i try to start a study session, i find myself trying to do anything else but that. i over-plan my day, check more studyblrs, play with my pens... yet still want to succeed. this means i have to work on myself but do you have any advice going in that direction? ps: i can't use apps like forest or anything cause my parents don't like me purchasing apps of any kind :/
Hi! I’ll list a couple of small changes that might help you get started. Everyone is different in how they tackle procrastination but hopefully one of these will be your secret weapon.
remove any distractions - take away unnecessary things (for you this could be pens that aren’t really needed), leave your phone in the next room and/or turn off your notifications in your settings, sign out of your Tumblr. Browser extension like RescueTime or SelfControl can stop you going on certain sites. Or you could set parental controls until you’re done!
set yourself 3-5 tasks for your study session/day - keeping your to-do list shorter and more focused is likely to help improve your overall productivity. If you’re not looking at a lengthy to-do list or small time constraints, you’re going to work better! If you get those done, you can add another couple.
challenge yourself and take down progress - set yourself a goal for your study sessions. For instance, work solidly for 20 minutes twice. If you complete that, mark off somewhere that you did. Maybe on your calendar, a habit tracker, or on your phone. If you’re seeing your progress build each day, you’re not going to want to break the chain!
develop your discipline - this is the best way to get yourself into the habit of studying. By doing something each day, rewarding yourself and getting positive reinforcement you’ll be more inclined to study and not feel such strong resistance.
listen to some music - I know it’s recommend to listen to instrumental music or soundtracks but honestly the music you enjoy is going to put you in a good mood. Blast it for a little bit, get hyped up! Then turn it down but have in low in the background. As long as it’s not taking over, there isn’t a problem having it playing quietly.
find an accountability partner - pick someone who you can rely on to check on your regularly and see how your tasks are coming along. You can send them your to-do list and then every few hours you can update them with your progress. You won’t want to let them down.
tackle things when you’re most alert and productive - for most people this is in the morning but if you’re an afternoon person, perhaps do smaller tasks in the morning and let yourself work on the harder stuff later. I also find getting dressed, washed, etc helps me be productive!
force yourself for 5 minutes - if you tell yourself “just 5 minutes” and get ready to go, you’ll be able to do it. Then repeat!!
put things in perspective - studying isn’t always fun but it’s got to be done. You might as well make the most of it. I never liked regretting not studying so I’d rather suck it up for a while than get a crappier grade than I wanted. Work until you’re done and then do something fun!
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make an amazon wishlist (or a few!) to organize what u want. get the browser extension tht lets u add from websites other than amazon!
read reviews and customer feedback if theyre available to u!!! i literally……dont even consider buying something online w/o reading reviews if im unsure tbh. theyre rlly helpful.
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consider basics first! think abt some pieces that are going to be the lynchpin of your wardrobe. u can pair more out-there pieces w/ them and theyll give your looks more versatility in what u can make!
good colors for basics are neutrals and a bit of colors you plan to wear a lot of.
thrifting is….so good if ur on a budget and even if ur not!!! u can find so much in thrift stores…..go thrifting
dont trust letter sizes. take your bust, waist, and hip measurements, and use every store’s individual size chart!
if youre debating between getting something a size smaller or a size larger, always go larger if u have a tailor available to u make use of them!! if u have a garment that u love but it doesnt fit u quite right u dont have to send it back!
make outfits while u shop! dont just buy pieces by themselves unless its something ur specifically looking for
if u have nowhere to start look at a store’s lookbooks, new in, and bestsellers
some websites also have features where u can shop the entire look the pictured model is wearing, or looks from their instagram, which i <3 to utilize!!!
take inspo from celebrities, instagrammers, and models! a rlly good way to get started is recreating looks uve seen before, esp if u have no idea what youre going for with a new outfit!
i have an outfit curating instagram @stylegrinch and u can also find me on polyvore @solgaleo !
speaking of polyvore, its a really cool site for curating items and stuff into outfits!
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An extension of Overwatch’s Custom Game mode, the Game Browser allows you design your own ruleset and share your creation with friends, teammates, or anyone who wants to play along. What will you create?
If you have Chrome, an alternative to linkclump for bonding, open all your tabs for a page, save it as a bookmark folder (ctrl-shift-d), name it page no. whatever, then when you need to bond, just rightclick on the folder, click “open all bookmarks”, zoom out and you’re good to go! I’m not sure how well this works on other browsers, though.
this should be 100% legal as it’s a basic function of your browser and not an extension.
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Okay so I keep seeing a bunch of stuff now about a virus on FR or something. Now I’ve already seen that happening before and 99% of the time only one or two persons experiences this and it’s because their computer or web browser is filled with malwares. So before people start spreading rumors about a virus circulating on FR or throw the admins under the bus here’s some stuff you can do to make sure your computer/web browser is clean and that those pop up ads and viruses are not because of your computer/web browser.
1. VERIFY YOUR WEB BROWSER PLUGINS/EXTENSIONS
I don’t care if you didn’t download anything recently or didn’t go on shady websites, always verify your extensions, a majority of the times pop up ads or inapporpriate ads appearing on website they shouldn’t be appearing in (FR here for example) are caused by malware plugins. He takes you 2 seconds to verify so go do that.
2. PREFER USING UBLOCK ORIGINS INSTEAD OF ADBLOCK
Since the dawn of time people have always used Adblock to block ads, but Adblock has changed since then and now has a whitelist for ads (meaning that some ads will still appear if they paid Adblock to do so), has some issues on some websites and is very memory hungry. So if you want a good alternative for Adblock I recommend Ublock Origins, it’s more secure and more light on the memory. If you need more arguments to convine you, just google “Adblock vs Ublock Origins”. If you want to keep Adblock it’s completly fine, but if you’re looking for a better adblocker consider this. Ublock may also put a warning page if you’re redirected on a download page or an ad, if you trust the website then you can just temporary or definitely deactive this warning.
3. VERIFY THAT YOUR COMPUTER ISN’T FILLED WITH MALWARES
That sounds dumb but it would be dumber to assume your computer is completly clean without running a scan at least once a month. You can use any Anti-malware of your choice, free or not, but have common sense, google about it to see if it’s a good one or just simply search what is the best anti-malware you can have. Personnally I’ve chosen Malwarebytes, the free version can do threat scans and helps indentify malwares and threats. If you use Malwarebytes don’t forget to uncheck some options in the settings if you don’t like having it running in the background or just uninstall it after you’re done scanning if you feel like you don’t need this kind of protection.
So yeah here you go, I’m no computer scientist but those are some basic steps to help ensure that your computer/web browser is malware clean.
I’m not saying that it’s not FR’s fault if you have intrusive ads but I’m not saying it is either. You can never be sure that it only happens to an user because of malwares or if it happens to multiple users because FR has issues with its ads.