Study Tip – Stop Procrastination in its Tracks

 

Students, especially high school and college students excel in procrastination. They push of big papers until the very last minute, often pulling “all-nighters.” Sometimes they don’t even start their weekend homework assignments until 9 pm on Sunday night. Students are great at unearthing an unlimited amount of excuses for not doing their work in a timely manner. Leaving work until the last minute increases stress and anxiety and can make the tasks seem daunting and impossible to complete.

Here are some tips for students to avoid procrastinating:

 

List It Out

I personally am a list person. I love writing to-do lists with everything I need to accomplish. You can write multiple lists with one for daily tasks, weekly tasks, and even monthly goals. Making a list of all of the assignments you need to complete in one night can help you gauge how much time you will need for each assignment, which helps to plan out a strategy for completion. Check the assignments off of your list when finished. I find nothing more satisfying than crossing off tasks as I complete them.

Break Work Up

Do you have a major essay due? Don’t approach the assignment as if you need to complete it in one setting. Break up your assignments into smaller sections. Outline the different sections of the assignment and work from there. Instead of trying to write an essay in one setting try working on the first two pages. Once you have gotten the first two completed, review and check or inconsistencies. Then start to write the third page. It is much easier to complete an assignment in sections than thinking about all twelve pages that need to be completed. Work piece by piece and before you know it, you’ll have a finished product.

Eliminate Distractions

Digital media has created an endless opportunities for distraction. Students can waste hours by surfing social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Watching television, streaming movies, and even searching through videos on YouTube are also great ways to avoid getting work done. In order to combat this, students should try to avoid distractions as best they can. If you are easily distracted by the television in your room, try doing your homework in a different location. If you are a college student, look for a quiet room in the dorms or work in the library. If your work requires you to be on a computer for word processing, only use the internet for research and other things related to your assignment. Most importantly, put your phone on silent.

Pause and Take a Break

Trying to go full force and working on homework for hours on end may work for some people, but it can be overwhelming and exhausting. Instead schedule breaks in between to recharge batteries. After every hour, take a 10 minute break to check email, make a snack, get a drink, or even organize your work space. Taking a few minutes for yourself in between assignments can help by letting you approach the work with a fresh pair of eyes each time.

 

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