Tips on Procrastination

1)    Complicated test anxiety: Sometimes when a teacher gives you a large and complicated assignment you freak out. In hopes of avoiding it you often leave the task until the last minute. However, doing this can often cause a lot more stress, frustration, and even anxiety that you wouldn’t have if you had attempted the assignment in smaller pieces. Complete a started task, no matter how small.

2)    Fear of imperfection: If you are the type of person that likes to do everything perfectly, you sometimes push off tasks because you don’t think you have the ability to complete such a hard or lengthy task to the best of your ability. Accept that perfection is rarely attainable and seldom necessary. You’re a person, not a robot.

3)    Indecision: An example of this would be that your teacher assigned you to write a ten page paper but you just couldn’t figure out what to write it on. You spend days going back and forth between different topics and just couldn’t come to a conclusion. You need to determine your decision-making criteria, and then set a deadline for your decision. If you don’t have faith that you’ll stick to this deadline then make a contract with a friend. Tell them when you need your decision to be made, and have them hold you accountable.

4)    Priority confusion: If you’re a busy person then you may have this problem. Often you may make certain tasks or activities your priority and therefore other things get completed last minute. To combat this, you need to distinguish obligations from options. What are you really responsible for? List and prioritize tasks.

5)    Boredom: If you find that you keep putting a task off because it bores you, you need to break up the task. For example, if you have 100 pages to read, complete 15 at a time. After each chunk, allow yourself to take a small break and do something fun. Perhaps you could watch a Youtube video every time you read 15 pages.

6)    Lack of Focus: Minimize distractions. If you have a busy week, deactivate your Facebook account, put your phone in a separate room while studying, and study with someone you trust who will keep you accountable, put away all distractive items, and sit at a clean desk area.

7)    Poor organizational skills: If you aren’t prepared when you sit down to study you’ll take up most of your time trying to find supplies and study tools. Clean your work area. Put tools and utensils in their proper place so you can find them when you need them.

8)    Laziness: If you have a problem with this then remind yourself of the consequences of procrastination. Also try to complete several small tasks to provide a feeling of accomplishment. Sometimes it helps to make a checklist. As you cross off items from your list, you’ll feel good. It feels awesome to get tasks out of the way. Also, you can set up a reward system. For every three tasks you finish you get to watch a TV show or go on Facebook. You’ll finish your tasks if you know there will be a reward afterwards.

9)    Lack of energy: It’s easy to put off tasks if you feel too tired to focus on them. Maintain a regular sleep routine. Eat healthy. Exercise regularly. Do not skip breakfast.

10)  Early morning lag: It’s easy to wake up and not want to do tasks right away. You often feel as if, “Oh, I have all day to get it done, why should I start now?” However, before you know it, you’ll be out of time. Before you stop working each day, make a list of the tasks you want to begin first thing the following morning so you can hit the ground running the next day.


15 Tips to Avoid These Causes!

1)    Study with others!

2)    Identify the consequences of your procrastination!

3)    Use short term goals and rewards!

4)    Make a to-do list that you can check off and monitor your own progress!

5)    Plan out your week or month in advance, assign parts of the project into days until it is complete!

6)    Think positively! “I can do this!”

7)    Recognize your signs of procrastination and stop it before it gets too far!

8)    Plan each day!

9)    Make important tasks priority over less important tasks!

10)   If you are working in a group spread the work out evenly!

11)   Don’t forget to sleep, eat and exercise (these will give you more energy to finish a project or task!)

12)   Give yourself enough time, so that you can take your time!

13)   Limit your distractions! i.e. no Facebook for 2 hours, or until a certain amount of work is done!

14)   Take breaks! It is okay to take breaks if you are not procrastinating!

15)   Take the time to do something you enjoy! If you manage your time, you will be able to take breaks and enjoy something that you like to do! This will give you the energy to the task and get more done!


Now, get to work! :)

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