We all love getting good grades. We also love sleeping, and checking Facebook, and buying Chick-Fil-A and basically doing anything that isn’t our homework. So how is it possible to excel in school if we can’t sit still and remember what pages we were assigned to read?
Procrastination is a nasty habit that we all have and are probably still enduring. It’s a lifestyle that controls your actions and can take a toll on not only your academic life, but your social life as well. The thought of a looming deadline doesn’t even concern you when there are Twitter posts to RT, Instagram pictures to like and Snapchat filters to test out. Stats is the last thing on your mind until you remember that your assignment is due in twenty minutes and you never even remembered to buy the textbook at the beginning of the semester.
There are many types of procrastination, the most common of which includes putting work off, delaying assignments or hiding from responsibilities. Those devoted to the procrastination lifestyle find themselves stuck in a never-ending cycle of rushing to get things done at the last minute. If you’re in desperate need to find ways to focus, consider following these steps to ending procrastination.
Make a List
As silly as it may sound, making a list will help you remember all you need to accomplish. This way, if you’re waiting until the last minute to complete things, at least you’ll know what you need to get done. For many, seeing what they have left to finish is daunting and can act as motivation to follow through. A list will help guide you as you plan what to start first. As a plus, it is always a rewarding feeling when you get to cross things off on your list as you complete them.
Set up a schedule
By taking a moment to plan out your deadlines for each assignment, you are motivating yourself to follow a schedule. If you know it’s going to take at least three hours to write your English paper, schedule to have it completed in five. That way you have enough time to write it, goof off and not worry about the actual deadline.
A schedule will guide you through all of your assignments and events and help you stay on track. You’ll even learn to become more responsible with your everyday tasks. Once you break up your assignments and put them into your schedule, it will become apparent how manageable your workload is. You will soon realize that your assignments actually aren’t that scary when they are planned out. You’ll be a pro at hitting the books.
Take a Break
Sometimes working on something for long periods of time causes a lack of creational thought or diminishes your motivation to focus. By arranging times to take breaks you will prepare yourself to work harder for longer periods of time without distraction before you are able to take the time to cool off and relax. Breaks allow your thoughts to wander and check those seventy new e-mails, grab a couple snacks and do whatever else your mind was thinking about before you were focused on your work.
Treat Yo’ Self
Finally, treat yourself! Once you finish an assignment on time, find a way to reward yourself for all of the hard work and effort. Whether it is a quick piece of chocolate or an extra large cookies-and-cream milkshake, finding fun ways to keep yourself motivated will help to increase your ability to focus. Everyone loves being rewarded for their achievements. That annotated bibliography was hard work. You deserve an episode of The Office, obviously.
It’s going to be very hard to put down Netflix and start working on your list, but imagine how much better you’ll feel once you’ve finished it all and still have time to go out with friends. Procrastination is a difficult habit to break, but a little organization and motivation goes a long way.
Let us know if there are any other tricks or steps that work for you when it comes to showing procrastination the door, we’ll probably need them tbh. But first, stop reading this article and start writing that English paper!
Photo by: Michael Shuey