my mental state goes on a very fast decline after about 3 in the morning if i try to stay up to do work. im constantly sleep deprived so i have trouble concentrating but during the day i cant stop myself procrastinating. what do i do :((( sometimes i swear i sit there and im doing things for an entire hour but ive dont absolutely no work at all and i dont know how thats possible if ive been doing things for an hour
being sleep deprived isn’t good for you friend, and it’s likely to be one of the root causes of your low mental state and issues with concentration and procrastination too.
work on improving your sleep routine (◡‿◡✿) some ways to do that? avoid tv / computer / phones for at least half an hr before bed (the ‘blue light’ that’s emitted from those screens is only going to keep you awake longer), stay away from anything with caffeine or high levels of sugar, have some soft relaxing music (or sounds like water or a crackling fireplace) playing in the background, turn on a fan if you’re feeling a little hot and see how things go. sometimes practicing deep breath techniques or yoga might help you too.
as for procrastination? you could try downloading an app for your computer called StayFocusd, or the Freedom app for either iphone or android phones? whether it’s on your computer or your phone, these apps help to stop you from too distracted by games or app notifications or instagram etc. you could also try Habitica or Forest as well. sometimes writing a list of things you need to get done and listing them from most to least important can motivate you as well? if you see it written down it can help you focus better – if you go further and break down each item on the list then it can definitely be less intimidating and feel easier to complete.
if the work you need to get done is related to school, then creating a study group can work really well too! if you’re working with a group of friends and everyone else around you is studying, it means you’re more likely to do it as well and it also helps to keep you accountable. if studying with friends isn’t an option, then either try studying in a different area of your home (away from distractions!), or at the school / local library.
I used to be the worlds worst procrastinator, I feel you ): but use this message you wrote as motivation? you’re clearly not happy with the current situation, you felt stressed enough to write to us, use this as a reminder that you want to change and that you can do it <33