Procrastination is a students worst enemy. The last thing you need is a ten page essay due but your busy wasting all of your time watching reruns on Netflix. Still, a majority of us do so regardless of the ever dwindling days to complete high scoring assignments. If you plan to pass any of your courses for the semester you’re going to want to cut back on the mindless idling. As easy as this may sound in theory, it often times just doesn’t workout. Well at least it didn’t workout until you found this article.
1. Pick a time to study/do homework
Picking a time to study is a great place to start when you’re trying to break free from your procrastinating ways. Working between a set time can prepare your mind for all work and no play, which is exactly what you need when you’re prone to procrastinate. It also makes sure you at least get some of your work done. That little bit can go a long way when it comes to long term assignments like essays and studying for a unit test.
2. Create A List
Another way you can escape the never ending cycle of procrastination is to make a list of all the things you need to do for school that day. I know, I know, making a list is so rudimentary, but it is extremely helpful. For starters it helps you realize just how many days you have left before D day. Sometimes that’s all you need to kick it in gear and get your work done. It also keeps you from forgetting to study. Let’s be real, after a long day of school it’s easy to straight up forget that you have a quiz to study for. It’s also really satisfying to see how many things you have accomplished for the day.
3. Cut back on distractions
It’s hard to not procrastinate when you have all the things you would rather be doing haunting you. You have to do everything in your power to cut back on distractions. If that means putting your phone on silent and keeping it as far away from you as possible, then do it. When your typing up an essay put your computer on airplane mode to resist opening the internet browser. If you like to listen to music as you do your school work I recommend having created a playlist ready to listen to.
Apart of cutting back on distractions is routinely changing your environment. Working in the library or in a classroom after class will keep you in the mindset of getting work done. Constantly changing the place to get things done could keep you on your toes by helping you better focus on what you need to get done.
4. Use the pomodoro technique
It’s unbelievably easy to get in work mode once you are in the zone. You definitely want to get to that point, but you don’t want to get stuck in it. You’re a human which means you need the occasional break or you run the risk of burning out. That’s a big no ,no when you have months of school left. To keep yourself from running out of steam to early in the game use the pomodoro technique. The pomodoro technique is where you take twenty-five minutes straight to work on your school work and then five minutes to take a break, rinse and repeat.
5. Use your break wisely
As great as the pomodoro technique is, if you are not someone with great restraint you may not want to use those five minutes doing something to stimulating. Instead of using your 5 minute break frivolously, use it to do something productive. Clean your room, organize your binders, read the rest of Teen Cultures survival guide, watch school related YouTube videos like “how to do well in school”. Any one of those things should give your brain a much needed break and keep you from getting to distracted.
6. Stop procrastinating and go study
Ultimately the best way to stop procrastinating is to stop procrastinating. If you’re currently reading this article as another way to procrastinate, STOP. Whenever you realize you have started to procrastinate stop and continue to work hard on your assignments. I totally understand how you can get them done if you put your mind to it.