Trying to absorb everything at once, or complete a whole assignment can feel overwhelming, difficult, too boring or just plain unappealing. These uncomfortable feelings can make us more likely to procrastinate.
Breaking a task down into a small steps can reduce the level of discomfort, making it easier to make a start and thus avoid getting stuck in procrastination. The small steps can also give us more of a sense of achievement as we see some progress, which can lead to further motivation.
What is the next small step that I can take to complete the task?
For example - Task: to complete 1500 word essay
Step 1: Read the question
Step 2: Open a word document and write out the headings
Step 3: Read the provided resources - making notes into the word document as I read them
Step 4: Find 2-3 more articles and make notes
Step 5: Write the introduction paragraph ...
A strategy such as the Pomodoro technique can be another way to improve productivity by breaking tasks down using chunks of time.