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According to statistics, 80%–95% of college students procrastinate at some level, while 50% consider it to be a problem.

Another study shows that 53% of high school students, 53% of undergraduate students, and 61% of graduate students are frequent procrastinators.

Procrastination is a huge factor that prevents you from getting the life you deserve. It's commonly found in the younger generation.

In this post, I will go into more detail about Procrastination and ways to overcome it.

Let's get started.

What is Procrastination?

Merriam-Webster defines procrastination as, "To be slow or late about doing something that should be done: to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc".

Here's a simpler definition:

"Trouble persuading yourself to do the things you should do or would like to do."

When you struggle to do something you're supposed to do, then there's a high tendency to procrastinate. Everyone procrastinates.

For some people, procrastination occurs when they are stressed or overworked and decides to postpone their task. While others struggle with starting a task, so they always fall back to doing nothing.

Either way, procrastination is a big barrier. It makes you leave out the important things for meaningless things. This can lead to feelings of regret and guilt.

Reasons to Stop Procrastinating

Here are some of the reasons why you should try to overcome procrastination.

  • Procrastination ruins your productivity.

  • It leads to poor mental and physical health.

  • It damages your decision-making capacity.

  • It negatively affects your performance.

  • It leads to stress and anxiety.

Now that you're aware of the negative implications of procrastinating. Let's look at the 5 ways you can overcome it.

Ways to Overcome Procrastination

1. Manage your time wisely

I guess you are familiar with these popular quotes:

"Time is money" "Time waits for no one" and "Lost time is never found again."

Time is priceless. It is the most valuable commodity on earth. Using your time for irrelevant things when you have important things to do is a very bad decision to make.

When you use your time wisely, you can get more things done, and stay energized, and you will also have time left to have fun or do the things you enjoy.

Learn to manage your time wisely. Do the important things first. Don't overwhelm yourself with a long list of tasks to do. One technique I use is, picking the 3 most important tasks to accomplish for the day.

I stick to accomplishing them, and when I do, I give room for something else. Get a time management technique that works for you and stick to it.

2. Be disciplined

If you want to stop procrastinating, then you have to be disciplined. You need a lot of self-discipline to fight this. I've not seen anyone that overcame procrastination without self-discipline. It won't work.

If you've set aside some tasks to accomplish for a day, be disciplined enough to block out anything that will stop you.

Remember the reason why you need to finish that project, assignment, or any other important task. Don't succumb to making excuses, rather let self-discipline help you make the right choices.

Say No to excuses and distractions!

3. Plan your day

Always plan your day. Before you go to bed, write down everything you'll do the next day. Have a to-do list of all your tasks for the day. Remember, don't overwhelm yourself with a long list. Having a long list might cause you to procrastinate. Avoid it.

Organize your day. Schedule your tasks accordingly, and put the most important ones first. Set an alarm if possible to remind you of the time to start a particular task.

Don't fall for the temptation to use the snooze button. This is where having discipline comes into play. Make your day always count.

4. Have an Accountability Partner

Having an accountability partner will help you stay accountable. Your accountability partner can be your friend (procrastinators like you preferably), or even a close family member.

I mentioned having a friend who is also a procrastinator because you both will have to fight this together and stay accountable to each other. You can study together, discuss what you've done for the day, and also reward yourselves together. You'll end up enjoying yourselves in the process.

5. Reward Yourself

When you complete a task, reward yourself no matter how little. Buy something, watch a movie, go for a walk, etc. Do something you enjoy doing.

Here's a little secret; rewarding yourself is an opportunity to do those things that you love.

When you complete a task, you can reward yourself with either replying to messages on social media, watching a movie, buying yourself an ice cream or whatever it is that you enjoy. All you need to do is pick ONE reward for every completed task.

Got it? Great!

Let's recap

Procrastination is the reason you leave out the important things you want to accomplish to the irrelevant ones.

Here are the 5 ways you can overcome procrastination:

  • Manage your time wisely

  • Be disciplined

  • Plan your day

  • Have an accountability partner

  • Reward yourself

If you're a chronic procrastinator or you procrastinate a lot, don't beat yourself for it. Be nice to yourself and go get started now!

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Updated: Oct 15, 2022

What accounts do you follow on Instagram?

Studies show that users between the ages 18-25 years old are the only age group to see a decrease in social media use since 2019.

Another survey was conducted, Gen-Z reported less use of every social app, except TikTok.

Why is this so? You might ask.

With the rate of negativity, toxicity, click baits happening in social apps are alarming, this reduces the usage of most of these apps.

One thing you should know, no matter the rate of negativity going on online. There are also inspiring accounts that spread positivity daily.

I compiled 6 of them in this post. Follow these accounts and always engage with them. You'll learn a lot.

Let's start.

1) Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

A remarkable platform that encourages young people especially women that they can change the world just by being themselves.

Every young female is strongly recommended to follow this organization because they help young girls solve life issues in a funny yet informative way.

They encourage you to celebrate your truest self. Follow them here.

2) Reading for growth

Do you know that 6 additional minutes of reading per day can significantly improve your reading performance?

In case you are having a hard time finding books to read, Reading for growth helps recommend books to read and also review non-fiction books.

Follow them here.

3) The Shira Rose

Now let's talk about having a positive body image.

The Shira Rose helps promote positive body self-talk.

Pages like hers help you look at yourself in a special way. No matter how you look never look down on yourself. Follow her here.

4) Powerful Youth Leadership

An incredible global community of youths building themselves and others to make a positive change in the world.

They seek to build a global powerful youth, passionate about service and equipped with the resources to make a profoundly positive global change.

They help teens gain confidence, and leadership skills with their transformative international youth programs. You can follow them here.

5) Do Something

Here's another young community with the goal of fueling young people to make a positive change both online and offline.

They are a huge source of inspiration for young people. If you want to make a mark in the world and you need an extra boost, then follow them here.

6) Blazing Youngsters Club

How can we talk about inspiring Instagram accounts without mentioning our very own?

The Blazing Youngsters Club believes that every young person has a light.

And we formed this club to let t shine.

In our community, you will find creative teens and youths of great character with high aspirations and the passion to make a positive change in their homes, communities, and the world.

The Blazing Youngsters Club is raising a generation of young, shining, Godly stars. You'll love it here. Follow us here.

Do well to join inspiring accounts such as these on Instagram. They carry value.

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I guess you know about podcasts?

Techopedia defines it as a type of digital media, usually audio, that is available in a series of episodes or parts and is streamed or downloaded by the end user over the Internet.

As of June 2022, there are over 2.4 million podcasts with over 66 million episodes between them. It is predicted that there will be around 424 million podcast listeners worldwide by the end of 2022.

One good thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them anywhere you are. Whether you are cooking, going on an errand, or just bored. Podcasts are also a productive way for teens to fight boredom. And, in this post I will be listing out 8 educational podcasts every teen should listen to. Highly recommended!

Let's go,

1) TED Talks Daily

What's writing about educational podcasts for teens without mentioning TED TALKS DAILY?

TED TALKS DAILY helps you change your perspectives, triggers your curiosity and you will always learn something new.

One of my hobbies is learning new things. Sounds funny to me sometimes, but it is what it is.

Whenever I listen to TED TALKS, I'm always hooked. You should listen to it too. You will always get value from the speakers. Listen to the Podcast here.

2) How I built this!

As a teen or a young adult, if you are interested in entrepreneurship... this is a podcast to listen to.

How I built this! is a podcast that features the founders of some of the most successful companies and businesses.

You can learn from their stories, how they started, the mistakes they made, and how they overcame some challenges. This is one of the best avenues to pick their brains and draw inspiration. You can listen to the podcast here.

3) The Unstoppable Teen

Image of Kelvin Mincher, founder of unstoppable teens

A podcast for teenagers, parents, and teachers, but mostly for teenagers. I highly recommend teens to listen to this podcast because of the highly informative topics.

My top 5 episodes are:

  1. Top 10 employability skills for young people

  2. How to study better

  3. What can I do to improve my grades?

  4. 5 solutions for teen stress

  5. How to deal with bullying and have an amazing life.

You can listen to the podcast here.

4) Brains on!

Do you love Science? Then this is the show for you. Even if you hate science, give them a try because this podcast will change that.

Wondering what it's all about? I'll tell you.

Brains on! is a science podcast that answers questions from kid listeners around the world. It is super engaging with kids asking intelligent questions out of curiosity. I guarantee you'll be hooked. I was. All topics are amazing and educative. Loads of valuable content. You can listen to the podcast here.

5) Book Club for Kids

Image from Book club for kids

Hey bookworms, I've got an exciting podcast for you!

Don't mind me, it's not necessary to become a bookworm to listen. If you love reading, and enjoy listening to book reviews then this is for you.

Book club for kids is a free, 20-minute podcast devoted to middle-grade books and readers.

Each show features a trio of students discussing a favorite book, an interview with the author, and a celebrity reading.

You can listen to the podcast here.

6) Stuff you missed in history class

Stuff you missed in HISTORY CLASS is an educative engaging podcast that talks about historical events, people, etc.

Stories are told in an exciting and engaging that non-history lovers will enjoy listening to it.

What you will learn is not covered in any textbook. Listen to the podcast here.

7) But Why?

Like the name, But Why? is a podcast for curious kids. Kids ask the questions and they find the answers.

Some of the questions asked by Kids are:

  • Why do we have friends?

  • Why do we feel pain?

  • Why are some people left-handed?

  • How did people keep food in the olden days?

  • Why is the heart the symbol of love?

Very curious questions indeed! You can listen to this exciting podcast here.

8) Switched On Pop

Switched on Pop analyzes the top 40 popular songs. They break down pop songs to figure out what makes them a hit and what is its place in culture.

After listening to the podcast, you might start listening to music differently. It's fun and also educative.

You can listen to the song here.

There you have them. The 8 educative podcasts for teens and young adults. Listen to them and let us know what you think.

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