4 Tips and Tools to Avoid Procrastinating

As summer winds down and the new school year draws nearer, Fireside Insights wants to share some tools to avoid the inevitable procrastination that happens to everyone. From planning better to banning yourself from checking social media, these tools can help eliminate the distractions and barriers that cause us to put off important tasks. 

Bullet Journal

Screen Shot 2017-08-10 at 3.32.04 AM.pngProcrastination can be a result of poor planning. Using a planner in which you list all to-do items can be quicker than typing it on your phone, but if you’re looking for a planner more tailored to your needs, purchase a blank journal and customize it using the Bullet Journal method.



If you lack self-control and find yourself constantly checking social media websites, SelfControl blocks your access to a list of websites that you add to a “blacklist.” You can set a period of time to block, and the app will be active even after a computer restart.

iOS Reminders with Location Alerts

IMG_1325.jpgLast week, I kept forgetting to get a roll of quarters to do laundry despite passing banks every day. In this instance, procrastination resulted from forgetfulness. If you have an iPhone, you can use the Reminder app and assign a location to the reminder. A proximity notification will alert you when you have entered or exited the pre-determined location.



Screen Shot 2017-08-10 at 3.54.47 AM.pngI grew up in my parents’ coffee shop, so I’m accustomed to humming noises when working and prefer it over silence. To recreate that environment without physically being at a café, put on headphones and listen to the recordings on Coffitivity. The indecipherable sounds don’t compete for your attention like music does but keeps you alert.


MindTools explores the psychology of procrastination and suggests steps to overcome it. I recommend visiting their article for more strategies to avoid procrastinating.

  • Step 1: Recognizing that you’re procrastinating
  • Step 2: Work out why you’re procrastinating
  • Step 3: Adopt anti-procrastination strategies like:
    • Aim to “eat an elephant beetle” first thing, every day!
    • Make up your own rewards.
    • Instead of overestimating the unpleasantness of a task, give it a try. It may not be as bad as you thought.
    • Divide the project into smaller, more manageable tasks by creating an action plan.

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