One of the major issues that is the cause of failure on most campuses is procrastination. ‘Tomorrow’ is the salvation for procrastinating students as it means they can avoid or delay the preparation today.
According to Tim Urban, procrastination is the action of ruining your life for no apparent reason. But in the real sense of it, it means postponing or delaying an important task, usually by focusing on less urgent, more enjoyable, and easier activities instead.
The act of procrastination, if not arrested on time leads to a negative result. Procrastination is a muscle that becomes stronger the more you flex it. To overcome it, you have to focus by training and building positive habits.
BELOW ARE STEPS TO DEAL WITH PROCRASTINATION
ACKNOWLEDGE THE PROBLEM YOU CANNOT SOLVE
Acknowledging the problem you cannot solve first will motivate and helps curtail procrastination. So for you to solve the issue of procrastination, you have to acknowledge the fact that it is an issue you have to come to terms with.
TRY TO DETERMINE WHY YOU HAVE BEEN PROCRASTINATING
Understanding why you procrastinate is a key step in dealing with it. Maybe the subject is not your favorite, the topic is boring, you are waiting for the “perfect” time to start, fear of failure, you are convinced your homework is beyond your capabilities. When you come to reality with why you procrastinate, then you will be able to know what steps to take to overcome it.
Plan one day at a time, writing down the tasks you want to accomplish in a diary. Tick the tasks as you accomplish them.
GET IN THE HABIT OF STUDYING
Make studying a part of you and a productive habit. Set aside a particular time for it and get used to it. If you want to be successful, then you don’t have to wait until you want to study.
INCREASE SELF CONFIDENCE AND BELIEF
Students who believe that they won’t be successful at the task at hand are more likely to procrastinate. Have confidence and believe in yourself.
SET SIMPLE ACHIEVABLE GOALS
There is every tendency you procrastinate because the task at hand seems overwhelming. You will find it easier when you break it down into chunks, and then assign a certain number of these chunks each day. Example instead of saying you would solve mathematics today; you can say you will solve a particular topic in mathematics today. This makes your work more attainable or instead of saying you will read biology today, you can say you will read chapter five in your biology textbook today.
FOCUS ON STARTING RATHER THAN FINISHING
Let your focus not be on finishing your task but on starting. Once you start, your brain remains alert until you finish it. Starting a task is always the hardest part.
Know what you are to read and assignment to be completed. Make a list. Don’t wait until you get to your study room before you start thinking of what you will be studying or solving. Make your study place organized, a scattered study room can make you procrastinate your study, keep it tidy.
SET A DEADLINE
Set a specific date for when you want your goals to be accomplished. If you have an assignment due, aim to have it completed two or three days in advance. That way, if something happens, you still have extra time to complete it.
You can study for 30 minutes with no distractions and no breaks. Try not to check your phone or look at a non-study related website. After 30 minutes, you can take a 5 minutes break to stretch, move around or get snacks. Repeat this cycle about 2 times before having a longer 15-30 minutes break. You will be surprise to know you have achieved a lot.
Your brain finds studying difficult so it will find excuses to stop. If your phone vibrates or there is a notification on your laptop, you will be distracted and might find it difficult to go back to studying, so make sure you remove all forms of potential distractions before you begin.
Get the hard stuff done first. It’s hard to do something you find no pleasure in or you are not looking forward to. But once you do it, you would be so relieved. It is best to read your most challenging topics first or do your most challenging assignment first. After you are done with that, all other ones seem easier.
Give yourself incentive for a work accomplished no matter how small. It could be your favorite snacks for successfully completing a tedious assignment or watching an episode of your favourite television show.
Finally, do not wait until the last minute to do what you need to do. Start doing the things that you knows you need to do in other to achieve your long term goals. It is good habit like discipline towards your studies that will drive you towards less procrastination.