How to Beat Procrastination

It’s 9 p.m. and the idea of an essay of 10 paragraphs that was assigned two months ago pops back into your head. . . and it’s due tonight. Admit it, we’ve all been there. We’ve all had those moments where we sit in front of our laptop or notebook, and decide to postpone our project for a “better time.” We go into the mind of a mad scientist, were the only thought on our mind is to complete our project.

No distractions.

No more procrastination..

But why didn’t we do this weeks before the due date? Here are some ways to beat the temptations to procrastinate!

1. Plan Ahead

Yes, it’s time to sit down and actually create a plan of what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it. A lot of people use time management as an excuse for procrastination, but there are no excuses once you’ve disciplined your mind to work towards something. (Woah, that’s powerful!)

2. How are you going to manage your time?

Personally, a planner is an excellent way of organizing my schedule and how to work around it. Also, once something is assigned, I would place it somewhere noticeable, such as a mirror or a wall in my bedroom, so that it’s constantly nagging me to get it done already.

Another way is Google, which has multiple applications such as the calendar. In my everyday life I schedule everything on my calendar because it makes things much easier to know what I am doing in the day, week or even month. It is very helpful with juggling multiple things at once. In addition you can use reminders on your iphone or even your alarms, set a time for ahead just in case anything happens, it is better to be safe than sorry.  

3. Make an Outline

Write down what you know so far. Do your research make sure you know the topic before writing it. This makes it easier to write and have a flow pattern.

4. Block all Social Media

Social Media is often the culprit of drawing attention away from a project. It’s a distraction that was planted in everyday items, probably the device which you are using to complete your assignment. Once a notification pops, we all think we have the self-control to simply clear it, but a better alternative is to stop the notification from popping up in the first place.

You can create time blocks to place your phone in a different room, perhaps an hour or two, however long it will take to get the task done. This helps narrow your focus and aim it solely towards your project.

5. Self-Care

Although you  might consistently be busy with an overload of tasks and assignments, it is important to have some “me-time,” to clear your mind of worry. Currently in Proverbs, the book I’m studying this month, says, “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” Honestly, no one could have said it better. Taking a break and putting yourself first is a priority and it is beneficial in creating a clean slate and building up from there.


I hope that this was helpful to you as it is for me. Because procrastination is something that I struggle with from time to time. If I can be honest!

 

How do you overcome procrastination?

 

Love,

Deyla

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Going through the struggle

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I was a professional complainer and at some point I felt myself turning into a grumpy bear. Things were not going the way I anticipated and I felt that no one understood what I was going through. This led me to hide inside of a cocoon. I learned how to bury my thoughts, opinions and feelings deep inside. I mean, I suppressed things and forgot that it was there. Happy people made me itch because they had something that I was missing. I was allergic to joy because it was an uncomfortable feeling. Happiness was the goal for me but I cringed at the image of being really happy. I walked around the same struggles for a while; because I was stuck on a stagnated mindset.
You see, this was the same problem with the people of Israel. God sent Moses to save the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt and lead them into the promised land. When they were finally free, they complained themselves into misery. Though the lord provided for his people, they got lost by putting all of their focus on their problems. While they were physically free, they were mentally stuck in slavery back in Egypt. In fact, they wanted to go back to slavery instead of going to the promised land. Why? Because they had to make the decision to trust in God and not what they understand. Because they were walking by sight and not by faith. Because it hurts to struggle. Because discipline is uncomfortable. Because going through, meant enduring pain. Because they had to trust God more than they trust themselves. Because in order to make it to the other side, you have to be willing to loose everything. Because they have been slaves longer than they have been free. Because they anticipated things to be easy but it was hard instead. The people of Israel complained for 40 years and they never saw the promised land. Simply, because they did not want to go through.
Stop complaining and go through. God will not give you anything that you can’t handle. Trust the process. Embrace your struggles because they make you stronger. Struggles are made to whip us into shape. We need it, it is impossible to get by without a struggle. Everyone goes through. I promise when I say that you are not alone. You can not go around, underneath or from the side. The only way out is to go THROUGH.

 

Love,

Deyla

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Stop comparing yourself

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You are beautiful
You are different
You are YOU!!!

People today tend to compare themselves to others because they want to be them or even possess what they have. We all have role models but there is difference between and idol and following someone else’s trend.

Begin by analyzing yourself in the mirror, admire your features as you look at yourself. DO NOT THINK ABOUT THE NEGATIVE BUT INSTEAD THINK ABOUT THE POSITIVE!!!

NEXT, Have you ever sat down to actually contemplate what makes you beautiful?
Take the moment to think about five things that makes you beautiful or even happy and if you cant that is a problem.
The problem is your not identifying the beauty within yourself and now it is time to get out of that shell.
That barrier that you have can be broken down! Do not build upon it but break it instead.
Look upon my 5 ways to be more creative blog post on how to branch out to be different and unique.

However this post is to make you more focused on yourself and who you are a s person.

Then, each day as you wake up place a post-it note of a motivational thought on your mirror, or somewhere you will always see the post-it.

Lastly, say “I am confident”, each day and night, even when you in the car going to work, or even taking public transportation.

Your confidence is the key to everything. It shapes who you are as a person, and that positivity needs to be shared throughout. That is what people will want to see.

Remember you came out into this world alone, now its time to make your own image of yourself. Make yourself your own role model.

 

Written by Nanayaa

 

Love,

Deyla

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How to be more Creative

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Imagine this; As you lay down on the grass with your eyes looking up, seeing the blue and white clouds as they move left and right in an indecisive order. You begin to make images in your head of what you see in the sky. Now that is creativity.

Have you ever heard of writer’s block? Well, there can be creator’s block. Here are some tips on how to be more creative:

1. Identify What You Enjoy

First, we need to identify what you enjoy, such as hobbies, favorite subjects, or even what you like to eat! Now use those as a starting foundation for thinking of ideas related to the topics.

2. Step Out the Box

Use these hobbies to branch out into different past-times you’ve never tried before. Take a risk. Do something challenging. Step out your comfort zone.

3. Research for Inspirations

Everyone is inspired by someone or something. Now it’s your turn. Take several inspirations from different websites, such as Pinterest, and apply them into your own work.

4. Go Out

Remaining in the same environment can limit your creativity, so going out can help you draw inspirations. Take pictures, to reminisce about the memories that you experienced, and create a collage about your favorite moments.

5. Personal Space

Everyone eventually needs “Me-time” to destress, reflect, and to recharge our batteries before we can continue onto the next level of our creativity.
Now to execute your image, the image that was created up in the sky is about to be produced.

 
Love,
Deyla
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Tips on how to de-stress and relax

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Hey everyone,

I discern that this is a busy season for many people. Whether you are a college student looking for a summer opportunity, a recent high school grad preparing for school in the fall, a parent shopping for a prom dress, a teacher counting down the days until the last day of school or a parent preparing for a family vacation. Though I agree that it can be difficult to squeeze in some time to de-stress and relax, I am here to tell you that it is possible. Dedicating some time to relax is key in order to be productive. Here are some tips to help you throughout this busy season.

  • Schedule some “me time”
    • Pick a time and a day where you can fully devote to yourself. Look at your schedule for the rest of the week and make time for you! This may feel silly or uncomfortable if you are doing it for the first time but that is okay because where there is uncomfort there is also growth. This is a time for you to relax and be alone, so do not hand out any invitations.
  • Go for a walk
    • Throw on comfortable clothes, tie your sneakers and hit the door for a walk. The more you walk, the more you stress you release; which is perfect for a time like this. I challenge you to leave your phone at home to remove distractions and allow your mind to wander freely.
  • Meditate in the morning
    • Before starting your day, take 5 to 10mins to meditate. This is a perfect time to prepare your mind and body for a new day; doing this will allow you to be more relaxed throughout the day. I challenge you to try this for at least three days and you will notice a huge difference within yourself.
  • Make a gratitude list
    • Sometimes we walk around wanting more without realizing that we have all that we need in our lives already. Understanding what we have, will allow us to appreciate things more. With that being said, list the things that you are most grateful for in your life.
  • Eat greens
    • Fueling your body with the right foods is more important than you think. Being productive is something that we all strive for but eating the right food is just as important. Your energy throughout the day, determines on how well you will produce for that day. Click here to see what fruits and vegetables are currently in season.

 

Love,

Deyla

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