Do you ever find yourself with lots of unfinished chores, homework, or other responsibilities that you aren’t particularly looking forward to completing? It can be tempting to push doing them off to a later date, but often that can lead to feelings of guilt from procrastinating. However, it’s always possible to find ways to make being productive fun!
- Try setting up a reward system.
By promising yourself that for every minute that you spend writing that English essay or cleaning your room, you can spend a minute reading your new library book later, you’ll find that time will seem to pass a lot more quickly. If you keep a goal that you want to reach in mind, it’s far easier to keep on top of your responsibilities.
- Set up a schedule for yourself.
Try organizing your time a bit more. Write up a little plan of what you want to do and roughly what time you want to do it, and then stick to it! This can be particularly useful if you’re especially busy, since then it can also be easier to remember to schedule some well-deserved breaks for yourself. If you have a good idea of how you want your time to go, then it’s much more difficult for you to become sidetracked.
- Try “gamification.”
Gamification is when people take principles and elements of game design, such as point systems and levels, and apply them to real life. Try creating your own system of points and levels to stay on track of your responsibilities! You can even try combining your system with a reward system, for example by saying that every five minutes you spend working equals one point, twenty points equals one level, and every time you level up you get to add 5 extra minutes on to your next break (so a level one break would be 15 minutes, level two would be 20 minutes, and so on).
As dull as being productive can sometimes be, it’s easy to find ways to make it less of a chore. Just remember that by doing things now, you’re saving yourself from having to do them later. Plus it feels good to finally finish your work and then know that the entire rest of the day is completely free!