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Every time I sit down to work or to read an important book, the moment I open the book, I sometimes feel lazy. I start thinking, what if I – take a nap, – watch the next episode of The Originals, – call my mom or my friend.

I think, yeap! Let me do that! I will come back to my book 10 mins (or 30 mins) later. And I don’t.

Do you have this feeling too? If yes, keep reading. 

This feeling is called Procrastination. The main reason Procrastination kicks in, maybe because you keep thinking that IELTS is one of the difficult exams. Or perhaps, because you have a huge to-do list, mountain of work.

So, instead of getting started it’s easier to procrastinate, right? But, remember, procrastination kills your productivity. That will affect your future. Think about it this way, every time you’re postponing IELTS prep, you’re postponing your future.

But, how do you beat procrastination? 

Till this date, I guess one of the best advices I’ve heard was:

Eliminate interruptions.

You have to set aside few hours each day to study uninterrupted. That means, no WhatsApp messages, no emails, no phone calls and no instagram. You’ll get a lot more done if you invest your time and fully immerse into your IELTS prep, without splitting your attention elsewhere.

So, how do you do that? First of all, clear off your desk. Close facebook or twitter before starting your work. Eliminating potential distractions will help you get in the right mindset to concentrate.

Another important tip is:

Break down your exam prep into chunks.

Write out the areas that are causing you the most stress and ask yourself: “If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?” Try breaking down big tasks into smaller bits and tackle one thing at a time. You can even try “Under 10 minutes rule.” If a task can be completed in 10 minutes or less, take care of it right away and move on. You’ll stop pushing off small tasks this way.

One more interesting advice:

Treat yourself.

Yeap! You read it right. Create rewards for every goal you meet. Your reward could be that pie or chocolate in your fridge, it could be a cup of coffee, or simply a short walk. Spending few minutes outside will help you return to work more focused.