This video describes a common experience across colleges in America.
You know you are procrastinating if you find yourself reorganizing your sock drawer or greasing that squeaky chair instead of working on the paper you’ve been putting off. Try some of the tips below to conquer your procrastination.
- Just get started, even if it is something small. Set a timer for 15 minutes if you have to. Don’t wait until you want to study because it may never happen.
- If you feel stuck or are struggling with an assignment, seek help immediately. Meet with the professor or a tutor. The confusion will not go away and you are only prolonging the inevitable.
- Leave your work in plain view on your desk so you can see it and be reminded about approaching deadlines.
- You don’t have to wait until the last minute to work under pressure. Create some yourself. Break the assignment into smaller tasks and set deadlines for yourself. Plan for more time that you’ll probably need in case something comes up. Share these deadlines with a friend who can remind and redirect you.
- Use the activities that are naturally enjoyable, such as Facebook or Angry Birds, as rewards to celebrate when you have completed these tasks.
- Identify the source of your procrastination. Some students set too high of standards or fear failure, which causes them to sabotage their success. If you find yourself thinking these things, speak with your advisor or university counselor for additional assistance.
What do you find yourself doing instead of homework? How do you avoid procrastinating? Post your comments below.