It is that time of year again - end of year.

Ti's the season when businesses close books, students face exams, and when revelers struggle to fit in their gift shopping and Christmas party planning.

Ti's the season of trying to do too much in precious little time... the season to feel the stress.

And for many of those overwhelmed by the demands of the season, ti's also the season of procrastination - that comforting habit that momentarily takes the weary from their present stresses, only to deliver with greater intensity that same stress, just a little further down the road.

And it is just for those people that students at the University of Alberta have put together some helpful tips to prevent falling into that sweet and fleeting embrace of temporary relief that only procrastination can provide.

Click through the slideshow below for tips to beat procrastination:

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  • Quick! Put off what you should be doing right now and click through for advice on how to get back to doing what you should be doing in the first place.

  • 1. Start Early

  • There really is no good reason to put until tomorrow what can be done today, as the cliche goes. But really, is there ever really an excuse not to get to the must-dos sooner, rather than later? <blockquote>This might seem obvious but you should make an active effort to do it anyway.</blockquote> <a href="http://youalberta.blogspot.ca/2013/11/Procrastinate.html?utm_source=Daily%20News%20Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20News:%20November%2018,%202013&utm_content=839412" target="_blank">-You Alberta Students Communicators</a>

  • 2. Set a fake due date

  • Nothing says success like counter-sabotaging oneself... really! If anything, by giving yourself a fake early deadline, you'll at least buy yourself some breathing room after you have that inevitable panic-induced breakdown, the one you'll suffer once you reach that final hour only to realize you haven't finished what you should have. <blockquote>If you know that you are driven by deadlines, make up a fake one. Set a due date for yourself a week before the actual due date. Make sure that all of your calendars and agendas display the fake date so that you’ll have a constant reminder for yourself.</blockquote> <a href="http://youalberta.blogspot.ca/2013/11/Procrastinate.html?utm_source=Daily%20News%20Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20News:%20November%2018,%202013&utm_content=839412" target="_blank">-You Alberta Student Communicators</a>

  • 3 Plan a reward system

  • If counter-sabotaging is not off the table, well then bribery shouldn't be either. <blockquote>If you can promise yourself that you’ll be able to see that movie you’ve been waiting for just as soon as you complete your assignment, then you’ll have something to look forward to when you’re done... You’ll also be able to enjoy your rewards without the guilt of knowing that you’re procrastinating.</blockquote> <a href="http://youalberta.blogspot.ca/2013/11/Procrastinate.html?utm_source=Daily%20News%20Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20News:%20November%2018,%202013&utm_content=839412" target="_blank">-You Alberta Student Communicators</a>

  • 4 Prioritize

  • <blockquote>Sit down and make a list of all the things you NEED to do. Not the things you WANT to do, just the things you have to do. Look at the due dates for each of those “need to do” items and map out the ideal times to complete each task. </blockquote> <a href="http://youalberta.blogspot.ca/2013/11/Procrastinate.html?utm_source=Daily%20News%20Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20News:%20November%2018,%202013&utm_content=839412" target="_blank">-You Alberta Student Communicators</a>

  • 5 Set small goals

  • Master this skill and you'll be able to use it in countless other facets of your life. Take each challenge, goal or project, break it down into smaller parts and commit yourself to finishing each one of those consecutive parts. <blockquote>Once you’ve created your “need to do list” set small goals for each item. Be sure to assign due dates for each task and make sure that you’re breaking each item down into its smaller, but necessary parts. </blockquote> <a href="http://youalberta.blogspot.ca/2013/11/Procrastinate.html?utm_source=Daily%20News%20Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20News:%20November%2018,%202013&utm_content=839412" target="_blank">-You Alberta Student Communicators</a>

  • 6. Disconnect from social media

  • Yes they are there waiting for you, tempting you to reach out and get that immediate and instantaneous gratification... <blockquote>Leave them there. Don’t look. Fight the temptation. FB and Twitter can be rewards for you to reach towards AFTER you’ve completed your homework. All of the updates that your friends are posting will STILL BE THERE after you’ve handed in your assignment. </blockquote> <a href="http://youalberta.blogspot.ca/2013/11/Procrastinate.html?utm_source=Daily%20News%20Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20News:%20November%2018,%202013&utm_content=839412" target="_blank">-You Alberta Student Communicators</a>

  • 7. Turn off your phone

  • It's so easy, isn't it? Reaching over to that wonderous piece of tech that immediately brings friends into your proverbial social circle, that automatically brings you face to face with all that juicy gossip, and that so instantly provides that so-temporary sweet embrace that only procrastination can bring. <blockquote>Don’t spend your time texting with your friends. Don’t snap chat your roommate photos of you looking at your text book. Pretend that it’s the late ‘90s and that your phone is only capable of two things: 1) phoning people (they do still have that ability) and 2) displaying the time. </blockquote> <a href="http://youalberta.blogspot.ca/2013/11/Procrastinate.html?utm_source=Daily%20News%20Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20News:%20November%2018,%202013&utm_content=839412" target="_blank">-You Alberta Student Communicators</a>

  • 8. Have everything at hand

  • Find and put within reach all the information and tools you will need to get your project done. Consider that the first small part towards achieving your greater goal. <blockquote>Having everything with you will prevent you from having the desire to wander around looking for that one item you “forgot.”</blockquote> <a href="http://youalberta.blogspot.ca/2013/11/Procrastinate.html?utm_source=Daily%20News%20Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20News:%20November%2018,%202013&utm_content=839412" target="_blank">-You Alberta Student Communicators</a>

  • 9. Tell others what you’re doing

  • <blockquote>Let your friends/family/roommate know that you are working on your assignment. They should either leave you alone or help to remind you of your need to focus. </blockquote> <a href="http://youalberta.blogspot.ca/2013/11/Procrastinate.html?utm_source=Daily%20News%20Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20News:%20November%2018,%202013&utm_content=839412" target="_blank">-You Alberta Student Communicators</a>

  • 10. Recognize your pattern

  • Let's let the greater minds that make up the student body at the U of A explain this one in their own words. <blockquote>What time do you usually start to work on it? How much time do you usually spend on it? Etc. You will likely find that you’ve established a pattern for yourself and may have even convinced yourself that you HAVE to procrastinate because you get better grades when you do… but if you ALWAYS procrastinate then you owe it to yourself to see what would happen if you were to start your work in advance. You’ll likely find that you’ll be less stressed, will have more coherent assignments to submit, and more sleep to enjoy.</blockquote> <a href="http://youalberta.blogspot.ca/2013/11/Procrastinate.html?utm_source=Daily%20News%20Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20News:%20November%2018,%202013&utm_content=839412" target="_blank">-You Alberta Student Communicators</a>

  • <em>Now, get to it... Don't give in to the temptation of watching the very funny video we've added on the next slide!</em>

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  • 29. Impulse Buys

    Who doesn't know that impulse purchases are a bad idea? I've even realized it was a bad idea as I was doing it. So here are three quick tips: <strong>1. Make a shopping list.</strong> Take it with you and stick to it. <strong>2. Eat beforehand.</strong> An empty stomach can doom the most prepared shopper, especially at the supermarket. <strong>3. Shop alone.</strong> Bringing children (or a significant other who acts like a child) is a sure way to fill your cart with impulse buys.

  • 28. Buying Online Without Comparison Shopping

    When you shop online, there are hundreds of sites competing for your business. Buy those shoes at the first site you go to and you may be wasting money. Compare the purchase and shipping price at three or more sites before you buy anything.

  • 27. Paying For Protection You Don't Need

    While you need to protect some things in your life - like your car or your house - you don't need to insure everything. Check out <a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/06/04/9-types-of-protection-not-worth-paying-for/" target="_hplink">8 Types of Protection Not Worth Paying For</a> and see what you can live without.

  • 26. Being Disorganized

    Being disorganized about your finances leads to costly late payment fees and overdraft charges. You can easily rack up hundreds in fees. For example, even a single $25 late fee per month will cost $300 extra a year. Set up bill reminders and keep your checkbook balanced.

  • 25. Expensive Cell Phone Plans

    <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/money/shopping/ways-to-save-on/cell-phone-bills/overview/cell-phone-bills.htm" target="_hplink">Consumer Reports</a> says the average person spends $600 a year on wireless service. But many people pay for services they never use. For example, I had an $85 unlimited plan and rarely used more than 1,000 minutes a month. So I switched to a cheaper 1,000-minute plan and saved $20 a month.

  • 24. Not Using Coupons

    Now that coupons are available online, you're wasting money if you're not using them. Do a quick coupon search before you buy anything, including clothes, groceries, and electronics. You can find coupons on our <a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/deals/" target="_hplink">deals</a> page or on sites like: <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com/" target="_hplink">RetailMeNot</a>, <a href="http://www.redplum.com/" target="_hplink">Redplum</a>, and <a href="http://smartsource.com/smartsource/index.jsp?Link=MKRU3JAAR6CCY" target="_hplink">SmartSource.com</a>.

  • 23. Oil Changes

    Cars don't need oil changes as frequently as they used to. If you're getting your oil changed every 3,000 miles, you're probably doing it too often (and wasting money). Follow the recommended mileage in your owner's manual.

  • 22. Premium Fuel

    Unless your car requires premium fuel, you don't need it. Buying premium isn't going to extend the life of your car or give you a significant MPG boost. In fact, Edmunds studied cars built from 2008 to 2012 and found that many models didn't even need premium fuel - even though the manufacturer recommended it. Here's what they had to say about it: <blockquote>In today's automobiles, advances in engine technology mean that even if the owner's manual recommends premium gasoline, the car will typically run on regular without knocking. Its performance will suffer only slightly: Perhaps it might be a half-second slower from zero to 60 mph. The key for drivers is to know whether premium gasoline is merely recommended or if it's required.</blockquote> Edmunds has a list of cars that need premium fuel (and a list of those that don't) in <a href="http://www.edmunds.com/fuel-economy/to-save-money-on-gas-stop-buying-premium.html" target="_hplink">To Save Money on Gas, Stop Buying Premium.</a>

  • 21. Not Taking Advantage Of A 401(K) Company Match

    Many companies will match an employee's 401(k) contribution up to a certain percent. If you're not contributing enough to meet the maximum match, you're losing out on free money. Ask your HR department for information on your company match.

  • 20. Bill Pay Convenience Fees

    Some online or over-the-phone bill payment services come with fees. For example, my electric company charges $2.95 to pay online through their website. Instead, I use free bill pay through my bank. I still get to pay online, but I skip the fee and save $35.40 a year.

  • 19. Hotel Fees

    In many hotels, you'll pay automatic fees on top of your room price. Just paying those fees without finding an alternative (or fighting them) is a waste of money. Check out <a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/05/30/7-tips-to-beat-hotel-fees/" target="_hplink">7 Tips to Beat Hotel Fees.</a>

  • 18. Paying For Services You Don't Use

    Automatic withdrawals make us lazy with our money. If you're paying for something each month - like a gym membership, magazine subscription, or streaming service - make sure you use it, or those charges will add up to wasted cash. For example, here are mine:<br> 1. Gym membership - $29.99 per month<br> 2. Netflix subscription - $9.99 per month<br> 3. Popular Mechanics subscription - $1 per month<br> That's more than $40 a month. I make sure I get my money's worth out of them.

  • 17. Ignoring Your Insurance

    Becoming complacent about your insurance can cost you money. Stacy recommends shopping around for new insurance once a year - because when premiums drop or new, cheaper policies are available, no one's going to tell you if you don't ask. Check out our insurance comparison tool to shop for a better rate.

  • 16. Wasting Utilities

    Growing up, I got several lectures on leaving the lights on or keeping the front door open and "air conditioning the entire neighborhood." I didn't care too much then because I didn't pay the bill, but now I'm strict with my electricity usage. The result: My summer utility bills rarely top $100. If you've got lights on in a room you're not sitting in, you're wasting money.

  • 15. Dining Out

    I like to have a nice meal out every once in a while, but I've wasted a ton of money eating fast food I didn't really want because I didn't plan ahead. If I hit the drive-thru twice a week, I spend $12 on average. That is $48 a month - or enough for a really nice meal I actually wanted.<br> In <a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/04/30/30-tips-to-save-on-food/" target="_hplink">30 Tips to Save Money on Food</a>, I've got a few ideas that will keep you out of the drive-thru lane - like keeping snacks on hand, freezing your leftovers to eat later, and planning your trips to the grocery store so that you always have something at home to eat. Check it out.

  • 14. Morning Lattes

    In my area, a Grande Caramel Macchiato costs $4.55. Buy one every weekday and you'll spend $22.75 a week, $91 a month, and $1,092 a year. By comparison, a 16 ounce bag of coffee costs me $5.99 and I can make about 82 cups per bag. That is 7 cents per cup, a savings of $4.48 a day. Make your coffee at home and skip the fancy coffee-house drinks.

  • 13. Buying Software

    Many popular software programs have free alternatives that are just as good as the paid versions. For example, the free <a href="http://www.openoffice.org/" target="_hplink">OpenOffice</a> suite includes word processing software. <a href="http://pixlr.com/" target="_hplink">Pixlr</a> offers free online photo editing with both vintage effects and a basic editor. For more advanced editing, use free software like <a href="http://www.gimp.org/" target="_hplink">Gimp.</a>

  • 12. Long-Distance Calls

    Most wireless plans include free long distance. If you call during off-peak hours, you won't use your minutes, either. You can also make long-distance calls over your Internet connection with <a href="http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/home" target="_hplink">Skype </a>and <a href="https://www.google.com/voice/b/0/?setup=1#setup/" target="_hplink">Google Voice</a> - both services offer free state-to-state calls. International calls cost 2 to 15 cents per minute through Google Voice. Check out their rate plans <a href="https://www.google.com/voice/b/0/rates" target="_hplink">here</a>. Skype ranges from 2 to 23 cents per minute. Check out Skype's rate plans <a href="http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/prices/payg-rates/#cc=MX" target="_hplink">here.</a>

  • 11. Baggage On Airlines

    You'll pay up to $35 to check your luggage when you fly. Some airlines - like JetBlue and Southwest - don't charge extra for baggage, but most do. Check Airfarewatchdog's <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/blog/3801089/airline-baggage-fees-chart-updated/" target="_hplink">Airline Baggage Fees Chart </a>before you book. If you're getting charged, only bring a carry-on (they're free) or find a better airline.

  • 10. Full-Priced College Degrees

    Between 2009 and 2010, full-time students spent an average of $17,464 on tuition, room, and board, according to the <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=76" target="_hplink">National Center for Education Statistics.</a> But you can get a college degree cheaper (or even free) with scholarships. There are thousands out there. Check out <a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/04/20/5-ways-to-win-more-scholarship-money/" target="_hplink">5 Ways to Score Scholarship Money.</a>

  • 9. Credit Reports

    By law, the three major credit bureaus have to give you a free copy of your credit report once per year. Don't buy one until you've used up your freebies at <a href="https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp" target="_hplink">AnnualCreditReport.com.</a><br> Once you order your free credit reports, dispute any errors you find with the credit bureaus. Errors lower your credit score, and a lower credit score means higher <a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/rates/" target="_hplink">interest rates</a> and wasted money. Check out <a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/05/28/18-tips-to-give-your-credit-score-a-boost/" target="_hplink">18 Tips to Give Your Credit Score a Boost</a> for more ways to improve your score (and your interest rate).

  • 8. Buying Books

    I'm an avid reader, but I haven't paid the suggested price in years. There are plenty of free or cheaper options for getting new books: <br> 1. Get them from the library for free.<br> 2. Use a book-swapping service to trade books you no longer want for ones you do. Check out the <a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2011/12/13/the-4-best-sites-for-trading-in-your-old-books/" target="_hplink">4 Best Sites for Trading in Your Old Books.</a><br> 3. Scour garage sales for books. I've bought many hardcovers for $1 this way. Check out <a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/03/05/10-ways-to-save-time-and-money-at-garage-sales/" target="_hplink">10 Ways to Save Time and Money at Garage Sales</a> for shopping tips.

  • 7. Brand Names

    Some brand names are worth paying a little more for, but in many cases, the cheaper generics are the same quality as the brand names. For example, basic food stocks like rice, sugar, flour, and butter taste the same no matter what the label says. And generic over-the-counter meds? They work just as well as the name brands. Check out <a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2010/09/09/7-things-you-should-always-buy-generic/" target="_hplink">7 Things You Should Always Buy Generic </a>before you buy anything else with a brand name.

  • 6. 411 Calls

    Use the search feature on your smartphone - connect to a WiFi network and you won't use your data - or dial <a href="http://www.free411.com/" target="_hplink">free 411</a> (1-800-Free411.) The results are sponsored by companies, and you'll have to listen to a 10-second ad, but it's free.

  • 5. ATM Fees

    My bank charged a $2.50 "convenience fee" for using an ATM that's not in its network. Convenient for who? I didn't live by a branch, so I was paying around $130 a year to use my own money. I changed banks, and now I use an app - <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/atm-hunter/id309754128?mt=8" target="_hplink">ATM Hunter</a> - to find a branch ATM.

  • 4. Credit Card Interest

    If you're not paying your credit card balance off in full each month, you're wasting money on interest. If you carry a $1,000 balance on a card that charges 18 percent, you'll waste $180 every year just on interest. If you can't pay off your credit card, check out our <a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/credit-cards/" target="_hplink">credit card comparison tool</a> and look for a card with a lower interest rate. Also look for money-saving <a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/06/06/credit-card-debt-zero-balance-transfers-can-help/" target="_hplink">zero-percent transfer offers.</a>

  • 3. Bottled Water

    A 16-ounce bottle of water costs about $1.50 at my local gas station. Buy a bottle of water five days a week, and you'll spend $30 a month and $360 a year. While it's not really free, water from your tap is much cheaper. If you hate the taste - and I do - you can buy a water-filtration system for as little as $20. Check out Consumer Reports' <a href="http://www.greenerchoices.org/products.cfm?product=waterfilter" target="_hplink">Water filters: green buying guide 2/12.</a>


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