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Four Ways to Put an End to Procrastination

March 17, 2014

Students learn how they can put an end to procrastination for good.

Despite your best intentions, chances are you procrastinate from time to time.  While some students procrastinate more than others, nearly everyone knows how it feels when you don’t want to sit down and complete your school work.  Whether you regularly find yourself looking for any excuse not to do your homework or you only occasionally struggle to complete your assignments, these four tips will help you put an end to procrastination for good.

When you have several different assignments to complete, it can be difficult to figure out which one to do first.  To help you identify where to begin, make a list of everything you need to accomplish.  Putting it down on paper will do two things.  It will help ensure you don’t miss an assignment and have to scramble at the last minute to complete it.  And, it will put into perspective everything you need to accomplish, so you can reasonably assess the amount of time you will need to dedicate to your work.  When your list is complete, rank all of the items in order of priority.  Start with the items that are most important and work your way to those that are the least important.

Set Goals and Establish Deadlines
Saying you need to get everything done can be very overwhelming.  Instead, set specific goals for yourself.  It will make your “to-do” list more manageable and help you feel a sense of accomplishment as you complete each individual goal on your way to completing all of your assignments.  When setting your goals, it is important that you also establish a deadline for achieving that goal.  For example, if you need to read a chapter in a novel for your English class, don’t set a goal of “reading one chapter tonight.”  Instead, say you will “read one chapter from 7:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.”  By putting a time constraint on your goal, you are more likely to complete it within the allotted timeframe rather than dragging your feet to get it done.

Divide Large, Complex Tasks Into Smaller Ones
Sometimes, students procrastinate because they simply don’t know where to begin. This is especially true if you are working on a large assignment, such as a science project or term paper that cannot be completed in one or two nights.  In those cases, it is important to break up the assignment into smaller, more manageable pieces.  After you have identified the smaller tasks that need to be accomplished in order to finish the larger one, you can assign deadlines to each to ensure the project as a whole is completed in a timely manner.

Reward Yourself
When you work hard to achieve a goal, it’s important to take the time to reward yourself.  Whether it’s an extra half hour of television, your favorite novel (that isn’t required reading for school), or something else altogether, choose an activity that you enjoy.  When you’ve achieved the goals you established, reward yourself by taking some time to do something fun.  Knowing you will be rewarded for your hard work can help you stay motivated and prevent you from procrastinating.

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