- Constant social media scrolling when you have things to do.
- Regularly arriving late for things.
- Making slow progress on tasks, despite the fact that you feel 'busy' all the time.
- Feeling totally overwhelmed because your to-do list is getting longer.
- Becoming easily distracted by other things, even the most mundane.
- Constant snacking or making yet another cuppa.
- Giving up easily when a task is too hard or daunting.
How to avoid sleep procrastination:
- Remove technology from the bedroom to avoid temptation.
- Take 30 minutes to an hour before sleep to unwind by reading a book, having a hot drink or taking a bath.
- Use an alarm to notify you when to turn your phone off.
- Become aware of how you feel when you don't sleep properly.
How to overcome procrastination:
- Does the task make me feel discomfort, boredom or fear?
- Am I avoiding the task because of how it makes me feel?
- Does any fear I have about the task relate to social/general anxiety or potential failure?
- Does the task trigger low self-perception or self-esteem?
- Am I confident in the task that I'm doing?
Quick fixes for procrastinators:
- Silence your phone and use an app that monitors and restricts your social media time.
- Allocate a realistic time slot for tasks (and stick to it).
- Make a to-do list and prioritise the things you want to do least.
- Divide your tasks into bite-size pieces.
- Reward yourself when things are done (hello chocolate!).