Procrastinating can be extremely destructive to a university student’s success both personally and academically. When work is left to the last minute, students feel overwhelmed and anxious. Consequently, it is difficult for students to think clearly in such a state.
During my junior years in university I would catch myself procrastinating. I would focus on the wrong things, for me it was about time management and prioritizing my assignments. Some students have the belief that they work better under pressure in the last hour, but it’s not true.
Procrastinating students submit poor work because they have not had enough time to proofread, complete all steps of an assignment or make revisions.
Students often procrastinate for the following reasons:
- Poor time management skills
- Lack of concentration, multitasking with the television or constantly checking your phone
- The temptation to socialize
- Allowing low priority tasks or small tasks (such as picking out the font for your paper) interfere with high priority tasks (writing the actual paper)
- Thinking you can finish an assignment in just a few hours
- Belief that the work is unimportant or will not be effective.
Procrastination can be problematic with significant psychological implications for some students. Such students may need to seek out professional services; however, for most students, simply following the suggestions below will alleviate the burdens of procrastination and open the door to productivity. I can tell you these steps made me excel in university and later on in life with my career.
- Do not make up excuses and scenarios. Don’t tell yourself “I will finish it later” or “I still have plenty of time.” Instead, use positive statements such as “If I get this done today, I won’t have to worry about it later.”
- Focus towards the completion. You might not like every step of your progress towards your program, degree, every course or every professor, but remember that each class will bring you a few steps closer to becoming a graduate.
- Use every situation as learning opportunities. You will learn perseverance and how to overcome obstacles though these experiences.
- Break down assignments into small tasks and do one task at a time. For example, collect your research article today, write your outline tomorrow and write the introduction and the thesisthe next day. Trust me planning ahead goes a long way!
- If you have trouble concentrating, study with a friend or a group that will allow you to focus.
- Create a time trackerto organize, it will allow you to see where you are allocating your time.
- Be efficient, read while you are waiting for your lecture to start, on the train or while eating lunch. Use your breaks effectively, instead of sitting around, go to the library and work on your assignments
- Writing a paper can be difficult, especially when you might have multiple papers due. We don’t recommend you turn to a “do my paper” service, as it can hinder creativity. When faced with multiple assignments, do the most challenging assignment first.
- Avoid temptations rather than try to resist them.
- Get plenty of sleep so that you can concentrate on your work.
- Take regular study breaks (10 minutes for every hour of studying) but avoid things that are hard to stop once you start such as texting, social media, and watching TV Try being physical to refresh your brain, stretch and go for a short run or walk outside.
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