What do you think? Pages Home About Isa New to the blog? I just felt so accomplished after getting things done early, and chased that feeling. And doing things ahead of time ensured I never had to turn down hanging out with friends , never did homework past 8pm, and always turned in the high quality work that only time can produce. However, if I can study for a test I will ace it. And I will not give up my social life. And I will enjoy the process. And you can too. I only say all this because I want to help those who want to end their procrastinating ways.
Maya is one of those rare and wonderful students who actually want to their overcome their procrastination. Maya asked me about tips to help her stay motivated and not procrastinate, and explained one of the issues she struggles most with is: It's like I trick myself into believing that I'll eventually get it done and it'll be fine, but it never is.
Because of this, I end up just giving up on trying to get things done on time because I feel like such a disappointment when I give myself goals that I don't accomplish.
Maya is not a lazy slacker. So below are my top 10 tips for Maya and for you to stop procrastination from limiting your life and your potential. Pay attention to the excuses you make to continue your procrastination.
Recognize any of these? Notice your excuses and label them as excuses, not comforts. Stop that little voice and replace it with action. When you procrastinate you may think you are controlling your homework by putting it off until the last minute, but in reality, when you procrastinate your homework controls you.
Deciding to complete a project ahead of time allows you to control the timeline and your grade. The first thing I do when I consult with students about time management and procrastination is for them to show me their to do list if they even have one.
All projects should be broken down and divided over a timeline you create i. Every item should start with a verb e. Schedule study time in a productive environment. Especially when you commute to college your instinct is to schedule your classes as close together as possible so you can drive, go to class, and then leave.
Resist this urge and schedule your classes far apart and make that time your designated daily study time. Maya mentioned she knows breaking tasks down and time management are important, but she finds what is most difficult for her is maintaining momentum and motivation through the end of the semester. She makes plans to get ahead and then falls behind and then feels so disappointed. To stay motivated, write out your short and long term goals for your life and post them on the inside of your binder or book.
Be accountable Get a mentor or a friend to keep you accountable with your procrastination during a semester. Android users can use the free app QualityTime to track the time they spend on social media and set limits. For a small fee, you can use the app Freedom on either your phone or computer to limit the time you spend on social media. It can even block websites that distract you!
Don't check your email during your homework time. Just like social media, email can be a big distraction if you check it often. Make your homework time email-free to avoid this distraction. Instead, set aside time after you do your homework to check your email. This will keep you on track and remove any stress you have about leaving your email unattended. If your email automatically notifies you when you receive mail, you may want to change this setting if it distracts you.
Turn off the notification feature so that you have to check to see if there's new mail. Shut down the TV and radio. The allure of TV and radio is stronger than homework. Hearing the opening jingle of your favorite TV show, or a great quote from an intense movie, can lead to complete distraction. It's even possible the TV and radio are subliminally distracting you. Isolate yourself completely from sound and distraction. Choose one you believe will help you really focus.
Change your physical work environment. Try to make it as much like a library as possible. Bright lights will help avoid sleepiness, which can hinder motivation. Working at a desk instead of your recliner, sofa, or bed will help you stay on task. Keep only homework related items near you. Clear off the desk or your work area so the only possible temptation is homework completion.
Schedule your homework sessions for when you're most efficient. Everyone has a time of day when they're best able to concentrate and get work done. Track yourself for a week to see what time of day work is easiest for you. Create a homework routine during this time so that it's easier to get your work done. Make your homework schedule known to those around you. Discuss your homework plans with your friends and household members so that they know that this goal is important to you.
Ask them not to distract you during this time. They may also be willing to offer encouragement and accountability! Ask your family or roommates to respect your homework time. You could try using a "do not disturb sign" while you're doing your homework.
Give a family member or roommate a bag of fun size pieces of your favorite candy. Ask them to give you one after you meet your homework goals. Tell friends that you won't join them until your homework is finished. This will make them less likely to distract you and give you an incentive to stay on track! Form a study group. Ask a few friends who are studying the same subject to join you for homework sessions.
You can help each other get your work done and hold yourselves accountable for doing your homework promptly. Schedule your sessions so that you are able to get to work on assignments as soon as you receive them. When you're working with a group, it's a good idea to allow more time for completing your assignments compared to when you're working alone.
Although you and your friends can help each other better understand confusing topics, make sure that you do all of your own work. Do NOT copy someone else's work or split up assignments. This is cheating and comes with serious academic consequences. Keep track of assignments in the moment.
Write down on a piece of paper or in a planner what homework you have or what project needs to be finished while you are still in class. When you get home, start on it immediately! Touch the pencil to the paper or get your fingers on the home-keys.
Getting started is the most difficult step. The homework would not be assigned if not applicable to your class. If second-guessing or a negative thought pops into your head, it's important to focus on the positive.
Imagine your future self engaging in your favorite activity, feet kicked in the air, completely relaxed because of how quickly and correctly homework was finished! Reward yourself for any progress. Write a title for the report? Finish the first paragraph? Maybe some candy is in order.
Solve a complicated math problem after several failed attempts? Pat yourself on the back and take a quick break. Positive reinforcement can be very effective if used properly. Plan ahead and separate your task into smaller, identifiable tasks. Lists are a great way create structure and order to goals that appear chaotic or impossible.
If procrastination persists, make the tasks even smaller.
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Help your teens find ways to combat homework procrastination and work smarter. Learn ways you can teach your teen to avoid avoidance and get to work. 10 Ways to Stop Procrastination Today (NOT Tomorrow) ;) Maya asked me about tips to help her stay motivated and not procrastinate, and explained one of the issues she struggles most with is: when you procrastinate your homework controls you. Deciding to complete a project ahead of time allows you to control the timeline and your grade. 4.