What is procrastination?
Procrastination is intentionally avoiding work that needs to be done. Procrastinating is different than forgetting to do something. When you procrastinate, you know you have work to do, but you can’t bring yourself to do it. Most people-about 70 percent!-procrastinate to some extent. For some, procrastination is a real problem.
When do Students Procrastinate?
People procrastinate for different reasons. Here are some:
- Things seem difficult. When students anticipate that a task will be difficult, they tend to avoid even starting it. This leads to procrastination, which in turn, leads to making the task even MORE difficult.
- You have too much or too little to do. The majority of a student’s time can be unstructured, which leaves many students to feel that they have all the time in the world to get things done. Other students over commit themselves and feel that they have too much to do at any one time.
- You’re not in the mood to work. Many students believe that they can’t get work done unless they are motivated, interested, or simply in the mood to do it.
How does one overcome procrastination?
- Figure out how you procrastinate. People watch TV, check Face book, make phone calls, or run errands, just to avoid working. Think about what you do.
- Break down tasks. Instead of trying to do your work in one sitting, break it up over several sessions.
- Make to-do lists and then check off things as you go. Have some way to see the progress you are making.
- Speak positively to yourself. It is very difficult to keep working when you are telling yourself that you can’t do it. Training yourself to think positively instead of negatively may take some time, but the results are worth the effort.
- Frontload your work. You’re more likely to get more work done earlier in the week than towards the weekend.
- Set reasonable start and stop times. This way, you no longer have unlimited, unstructured time. Give yourself limited time to work each day and stick to it.