The SHARE Campaign
In these uncertain times, working from home can feel like climbing a mountain and procrastination is an easy habit to fall into. That's why it's a good idea to focus on the positives, use this time to support and motivate eachother, celebrate our acheivements no matter how small they seem and stick together even when we're apart. We may not be in the same physical space but we'll always be LAU, so why not tell eachother about our lockdown experiences and watch our community grow. We're all in this together, that's why we're inviting you to..
What do I have to do?
Just share a photo on your social media of something that you're doing/loving/creating/eating/writing/working on with the #SHARE and tag us @LeedsArtsUnion. If you don't have social media or want to send us a written entry, like a poem or recipe, then email it over!
You could share:
◅ A photo of your home work space
◅ The work you've made during lockdown
◅ A concentration playlist you've been loving
◅ Your favourite self care rituals
◅ A poem you've written
◅ Recipes you've enjoyed cooking (and eating!)
◅ Acts of kindness
◅ Favourite walks/green spaces
◅ Photos of your view whilst working
◅ Anything else that you've enjoyed
Avoid procrastination with these 10 handy tips
1. GET ORGANISED!
Take stock of everything that you need to and create a plan starting with the hardest down to the easiest tasks. You’ll thank yourself for getting the difficult jobs out the way first!
2. MAKE IT VISUAL!
One great way to stay on task is to make your action plan visual. This doesn’t mean spend all day on it, but by writing your tasks down on a post-it note and tearing them up once the task is done, you'll get a great sense of accomplishment and can easily see what else you have to complete!
3. TAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF!
This one you can do straight away! Take yourself to a mirror and repeat the following:
"Hey you, we got this! We may have fallen into a procrastination hole in the past, but we’re taking back control! Our past procrastination was a problem and we're choosing to learn from it because we’re about to smash this work!" Sometimes a pep talk from yourself can do wonders!
4. GET RID OF YOUR DISTRACTIONS!
I’ve got a secret to tell you…that cute dress or cool t-shirt on Asos will still be there once you’ve done your work! The same goes for those memes on Instagram! Apps like 'Stay Focused' let you block and restrict how many times you can open certain apps per day. For something more visual, 'Forest: Stay Focused' does the same thing but plants a virtual tree that grows over time, for each successful tree you grow, you’ll earn coins which can be exchanged to plant real-life trees! Getting your work done and saving the planet, are you a superhero!?
5. TREAT YO’SELF!
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’, well it’s true! Non-stop work can lead to extended periods of procrastination, so why not treat yourself to a…treat?! Tell yourself, ‘if I get these three things done, I’ll have a chocolate bar or watch one (emphasis on the one) episode of that show I like'. Getting your head down can sometimes feel like a chore, so reward yourself for good behaviour!
6. TAKE A BREAK!
Much like treating yourself, taking a break can do you good! Whilst the sun is shining go for a stroll and take in some fresh air and nature. A change of environment can do wonders for your productivity!
7. LEAVE AND COME BACK!
Ok, so this one might sound a bit strange, but it does help you get into a work mindset. Get dressed as if you are going to Uni and take a quick 5-10 minute stroll around your street. When you get back to your house and put your key in the door, treat it like you’re going into a place of work to start your day. I know it sounds daft, but separating home and work in your head could help you be more focused!
8. BE REALISTIC!
Don’t put extra pressure on yourself by thinking, ‘I’m going to get 10 pieces of work done by lunchtime!’ Set yourself some real and obtainable goals to work towards and don’t feel bad if you don’t meet them, congratulate yourself for your achievements.
9. QUIT THE EXCUSES!
Excuses are like belly buttons, everyone’s got one but they're pretty useless! Now’s not the time for excuses, it’s the time for action! Whenever you feel an excuse brewing, refer to tip 3.
10. START TODAY!
This one ties in with quitting the excuses, just get started. Not in an hour, not tomorrow, not when the ladybird that you’ve been watching reaches the top of your window and does 5 successful backflips, START TODAY, START NOW! I promise that you’ll thank yourself at the end of the day when you look back at what you’ve achieved and realise that you’ve done more work than that ladybird has done backflips!