How to Motivate Procrastinators

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How to Motivate Procrastinators

Many people are guilty of waiting until the last minute to do something important. Some people say that they really have a large amount of work to begin with, plus some things simply have to wait around on the back burner and thus become done at the very last minute. Other people say that these people love the energy with the last minute working timetable, where they are powered almost entirely through adrenalin.

Still, other people make use of the excuse of postponement to look like they are working hard on something, whenever all that they have done is to wait until the last minute in order to appear to be they actually have a whole lot to work with, when they might have done things little by little every day and still met the deadline with out going through the stress.

Regardless, procrastination is difficult to manage, and if you get utilized to it, it can be a hard habit to get rid of, much less deal with. In fact, stalling in school can only function as bad beginning to the clumsy career, of course, if you procrastinate all of your life, you may as well put yourself in the hospital or even the stress will wreak havoc on you and your family. On the other hand, if you’d like to help someone do better and get themselves out from the procrastination habit, then you can certainly use the following tips to motivate them to leave their bottoms and begin working:

– Dont end up being self-righteous. You were a procrastinator, also, and you may have decreased into the Last Minute Trap at one time or another. The main element to motivating anybody is to show them that they can get out of the habit simply because someone has done it before. Talk to all of them about your own experiences.

You can compare work quality between something that you did when you had been near a due date and something that you would little by little and passed on time without stressing whether you would in fact turn up alive from passing time. You can even compare what the last second work did to your health, and how you were able to get yourself to fare best.

– Set a good example. It won’t do your beginner any good if you because the master are as bad a procrastinator, or even a whole lot worse. You cannot motivate you to definitely change if you do not demonstrate to them how, so be ready to show your products as you meet your personal deadlines.

– Be operational to questions. The procrastinator can be willing to change, and you may have some assistance to offer.

– Provide the person rewards for any deadline well fulfilled, say a few days just before. If this person is your youngster or sibling, you are able to offer money or a treat at a nearby cafe as a reward. If this body’s your co-worker or classmate, next treat yourselves to a movie or a video game night if you are able to satisfy your deadlines well.

– The opposite functions, too: if you are not able to procrastinate, find a way to somewhat punish yourselves, say by cleaning your house or apartment, not going out for a few rounds of beer, or otherwise not spending over $5 for your dinner out.

– Encourage the person setting their own deadlines. Using a deadline days or weeks before the real deadline can make them more motivated since theyre breaking their particular records!

Comments: 25

  1. Sean July 2, 2013 at 12:14 am Reply

    I know I have to spend more time studying especially when I’m in yr 11, but I seem to always push back or shorten my study time because I cannot motivate myself to study! How can I organize myself?

  2. Wilford July 3, 2013 at 1:07 am Reply

    I’m a serious procrastinator and i have quite a lot of homework to do today but i find myself getting frustrated easily when i know i still have a huge amount of homework to do. I’m likely to just sit at my desk doing useless things instead of just doing my homework. I know that taking breaks and stuff like that is important but what i really need is some motivational words to get me started so i dont just sit here watching youtube all day!

  3. Francesco July 29, 2013 at 3:09 am Reply

    im such a procrastinator… how do i get myself to do my homework? I realllly dont want to.

  4. Eugenio August 11, 2013 at 12:09 am Reply

    I have trouble focusing. I can’t seem to get what I plan to get done accomplished. I’m a big procrastinator. Any advice to help me stop this madness? It’s really bad right about now because I’m about to start applying to colleges and I need to get a lot done. I am always hyped to get things done, but I always get distracted, tired, or just not in the mood.

    Any info would help. Thanks.

  5. Noble September 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm Reply

    Hey, Im a grade 9 student and Im a relatively huge procrastinator. I say this because I would be the person who doesnt leave things to the last minute, but rather the last hour, if you catch my point. In all honesty, I dont leave evrything to the last day. I instead start to do my work 2-3 days before the due date. I plan out what I have to do and get my information ready a few days before the due date, but Its only on the last day(or 2nd last, depending on how much I have to do) that I actually do my final product.
    In elementary school, I had a few problems in terms of pressure and multiple tasks due the next day, and so I didnt feel all the need to change my habit. I was however a “good time-managing student” 6 years ago, but slowly Ive became just lazy and keeping things for the next day that never comes. Surprisingly, procrastination has not negatively affected my marks in school. Its more like the opposite because 6 years ago, i would have been a 70avg. student, but now I consider myself a 90’s avg. student. I never fail assignments/tests etc. or hand in things late, so im not a person whos completely lazy about schoolwork.
    That is probably what motivates me to be a procrastinator. When i did it, my have marks greatly increased and Im scared that if i change my habits, I will also change my marks, negatively. And in my family marks are horribly important.(Im an Asian so no further explanation needed there.)
    Ive done my exams exceptionally well( I started studying for them about 2-3days before) and Im sitting with a 93 avg. I still want to get rid of this habit because I know its a bad one, but I dont have any motivation or reasons to. I try to use my time well, but end up keep doing my work just before the due date. I plan ahead, and boy I make great plans but dont follow them. Id make a great General to make plans, but a horrible soldier to follow them ^_^. The major reason for this is video games. In short, If I were to make a Dos Equis meme, it would be this: “I dont always play Video games, but when I do, I dont stop.” You see, my parents restrict me to play only on the weekends( + friday evening) so i dont play as much. I only work on weekends if there is something due on monday. I dont touch schoolwork unless theres something due or on monday. Whatever little chance I get to play, I use that time to exactly that. That is probably the biggest barrier for me to get my work done. Fridays-Sundays, about 43% of the week, I usually dont do any work. that is the problem. I wish to change this, but I dont know if I can. Need help/advice.
    The main reason I want to change is that i think that there is going to come a time where i will be unable to do my stuff in time and get in trouble.
    Any advice and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. thx in advance 😀

  6. Yoshie September 28, 2013 at 2:46 am Reply

    Especially if you’re a procrastinator. How do you force yourself to do something? Any tips? Like I know someone who writes his goals in a paper and put it on his walls his house looks like a huge pinboard but it really helps, I tried that but it didn’t work for me. I also knw someone who puts pictures of the things she wants on her wall. I wanna try that but I’m too lazy to even look for pictures right now lol maybe later. Like what’s the most effective way you have done to motivate yourself?

  7. Annetta December 13, 2013 at 8:10 am Reply

    Where can you find determination and how can you hold onto it to do something with your life?

    I’m a procrastinator and someone who kind of sits around doing little and achieving nothing in life.

    How do i change this?

    10 Points BA
    I have no dreams or goals to strive for in life either.

  8. Frances December 14, 2013 at 6:29 am Reply

    I am a procrastinator unfortunatly

  9. Glynis December 23, 2013 at 6:40 am Reply

    I am the world’s worst procrastinator. I have a lot of work to do, but constantly stall myself, and I have a sleeping disorder, which makes me tired a lot. I just feel like watching tv when I have spare time. I want to be more productive, and some of this that is not related to my severe procrastination is due to my lack of good rest…
    Any suggestions for either, or both?
    What are your tricks if you have these problems?

  10. Donte January 9, 2014 at 10:23 pm Reply

    I’m a terrible procrastinator, please motivate me, I have been sitting here for about two hours.
    I did it!!!!!!

  11. Lionel February 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm Reply

    i usually am dead tired after school so I tell my self to take a break, then after time goes by i get distracted and never get my homework done. i try to set a time limit but then im just not motivated to start it.

  12. Dyan February 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm Reply

    Is there a support group I can join, by-the-by?

  13. Tobias February 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm Reply

    Doing a speech on procrastination. Need a thesis statement, main points & an attention grabber! Visual Aids would help too ! ;D

  14. Alexa February 22, 2014 at 4:14 am Reply

    Seriously, I am a huge procrastinator. I’m taking a virtual class, and I’m almost done with it. But It’s so hard to stay motivated and just do it. Like, I’ll say “Oh I have piano lessons in 6 days better go practice” and it’s even worse because it’s virtual. (a.k.a. on the internet.) How can you concentrate on Algebra when Tumblr is right there? And now I’m on here because I checked my email and it said one on my answers was chosen as the best, and I’m like “WELL I should go answer more questions!” And If I’m doing that I’m eating, even if I’m not hungry. I feel like I’m doing everything in my power to NOT get this done. Help.
    I’m 14 years old by the way
    Oh, and get this. Most of the questions I’m answering are MATH questions because I would much rather do OTHER people’s math but not my own. __

  15. Lonnie March 7, 2014 at 5:07 pm Reply

    I really LOVE drawing. If I could have one wish, it would be to be able to draw well. That’s how much I love it.

    But what stands in the way is my laziness XD seriously, I have to be the laziest person on earth when it comes to learning a new skill and I’m also a master at procrastinating -w-”

    Whenever I tell myself I’m going to practice I think “later. You’ve got the whole day.” And when “later” comes it’s always tomorrow.

    Help? I so want to be a good artist but practicing sucks for me XS xxx much appreciated!

  16. Darwin March 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm Reply

    Lately all I do is procrastinate… I ignore my alarm in the morning, am doing no study or anything. Nothing motivates me. I can’t focus. I’d like more help than ‘just do it’ because I’m trying to tell that to myself when I know deep down that I’m not going to take action.

  17. Basil March 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm Reply

    To start my essay? I don’t want to and its bugging me because I have to….

  18. Rhett March 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm Reply

    I am a little of both!

  19. Jeffry March 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm Reply

    Hey i am a terrible procrastinator. i am getting bad grades in some of my classes b/c im not turning stuff in on time or forgetting to do it. any tips. anything

  20. Lynnette March 13, 2014 at 12:10 am Reply

    I always feel like I’m doing everything the last minute…
    Is there a disease or disorder for doing this… besides being a procrastinator.. maybe something more serious?? I’d like to know.

    =D

  21. Bee March 16, 2014 at 2:08 pm Reply

    I beg for no criticism, but I have some problems with motivation to do school work, more so than just your average case.

    I’m a procrastinator who has never been a person to complete school work, and my grades in the last two years can show for that. I’m used to getting by school quite easily without doing homework or studying, and doing Sudoku puzzles and reading books in class. Of course, getting into high school, my attitude toward school has caught up to me. I barely got by the last two years. Some projects I never completed, others I turned in two months late. I’m just not used to having to school work, and now that I need to pick it up, I don’t know how to start. I also lack motivation with everything, because while my grades have only been suffering the last two years, that’s when this depression spell hit and I can’t seem to convince myself to do anything.

    I’m not in public school anymore. I do online school where there are plenty of distractions, because my anxiety in public school has gotten a bit out of hand. I’m way behind, but I’ve been able to get myself to do a good chunk of school work so far which I’m proud of. I however want to prove my father wrong in that I WILL meet my deadline, and that I can do it without him. I just need a place to start.

  22. Jacque March 31, 2014 at 8:25 am Reply

    And to stay on task?

  23. Brett May 3, 2014 at 5:09 am Reply

    To me homework is such a bore! There are so many other things that I would rather be doing. I will always end up doing it but it will be rushed and at the last minute. Is there anything that I can do that will get me motivated to do my homework right out of the way so I don’t get all stressed?

  24. Brett May 4, 2014 at 3:29 am Reply

    I’m 21, without a job and education.
    Fast food business here we come…

  25. Maria May 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm Reply

    i need to start all these homework.. and assignments during the holidays and i havent started except … the school holidays are nearly over ..but i don’t have the motivation to do the homework.

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