As a follow-up to Point #5, you can further combat procrastination by creating a timeline with specific deadlines.
Using the same example above, I’ve added deadlines to each of the steps: Assigning specific dates creates a sense of urgency, which makes it more likely that you’ll keep to the deadlines.
This is called “accountability,” and it kicks in because you want to be seen as someone who keeps your word.
So if you know about this principle, why not use it to your advantage?
Many times, the hardest part of getting your homework done is getting started.
It doesn’t require a lot of willpower to take out your homework and put it on your desk.
But once it’s sitting there in front of you, you’ll be much closer to actually getting down to work.
This one trick will make any task seem more manageable.
When you’re doing your homework, is your super-comfortable bed just two steps away? If your environment is part of your procrastination problem, then change it. Find all this out, and then apply the information to your own situation. For instance, you might decide that after you finish 10 questions of your math homework, you get to watch your favorite TV show.
Sometimes all you need is a simple change of scenery. Or you might decide that after reading one chapter of your history textbook, you get to spend 10 minutes on Facebook.