Here are a few valuable tips on how to stop procrastination…. or maybe I’ll just discuss them in another article 🙂
With that futile attempt at making a joke, procrastination is no laughing matter. It may sound like a painful, invasive medical procedure but the consequences of procrastination can be far- reaching.
Here’s an infographic with tips on how to students can stop procrastination.
Here are some interesting statistics on procrastination:
- In 1978, 5% of the population stated they were procrastinators. In 2013, the number had risen to 26%.
- 85% to 95% of students admit they have problems with procrastination.
- 40% of people experienced financial loss because of procrastination.
- 60% of students procrastinate mostly on project papers
- 71% of students procrastinated more on general education classes than other subjects.
- In a survey by The Procrastination Research Group, 46% reported that procrastination negatively impacted their life.
Procrastination is a decision that purposely delays a course of action. Why do people procrastinate? In a study by Tuckman, Abry and Smith it outlined a few reasons why people procrastinate:
- Lack of knowledge on what needs to get done.
- Not knowing the procedure on how to get things done.
- No motivation to do something.
- Lack of concern on whether it gets done or not.
- Not being in the desired emotional state to perform the task.
Unresolved, procrastination can impact your health, emotional health and mental well- being. These will have a profound effect on your performance in school, work and in relationships.
How to stop procrastination?
1. Understand the value of time
Your need to procrastinate has its origins rooted in your fears, doubts and self- limiting beliefs. Before you pursue your study goals, you must first overcome these inhibitors.
Gain a perspective of where you are right now in the overall academic picture. Whether you are failing, passing or need to improve your scores to get honors, you still have influence on the outcome while there is time.
Time is the crucial element. You have to acknowledge its value and move to manage it productively.
2. Set a schedule and stick to it
Designate specific periods in the day which you will dedicate exclusively for study. In school or in your own home, you must find time to study.
Setting a schedule builds three important values to ensure the success of your study plan:
The schedule as well as these 3 values is to be non- negotiable. They are to be strictly adhered to regardless of situation or consequence.
3. Design a review plan
Identify the subjects you will review and rank them in order of difficulty. You must have empirical evidence when ranking these subjects. Review your test results, homework scores and grades and use these as the bases for the rankings.
Then design a review plan that will prioritize the subjects according to difficulty. Evaluate which areas of the subject gave you the most difficulty. If it is Mathematics and the problem area is Word Problems, then use past exercises and other sources that focus on Word Problems.
You should also consult your teachers or a trusted advisor to help you get better results. You may also avail of online agencies that offer tutorial and review services.
4. Use focus blocks
These are clusters of time that allow you to exercise maximum focus on a subject. Some students can maintain strong focus for one hour while some can only keep at it for 15 minutes. Whatever it is, take note of it and block out a period just to focus on a specific subject matter.
Once the focus block is done, reward yourself by taking a break equivalent to 20 minutes of total study time. The break allows you to recover, recharge and get ready for the next focus block.
By using focus blocks you are ensuring productive time and not encouraging diminishing returns. The breaks also make studying less stressful.
5. Penalize yourself
In the same manner that you reward yourself when accomplishing a focus block, you should penalize yourself when you fail to comply with a focus block.
You can penalize yourself by foregoing social media until after exam week or canceling out on a get- together with friends on the weekend.
6. Tune out distractions
Procrastination is enhanced by the availability of distractions. These include social media, friends calling or sending messages and television.
Before studying, message your friends that you will not be able to answer messages until after a few hours due to study. Then turn off your mobile phone and keep it in a place which will prove to be an inconvenience to access.
7. Go public with your goals
Perhaps the best use of social media is before you study.
Post on your Facebook wall your goals for the exam and make a list of your courses of action. By exposing yourself to the community, everyone will have their expectations. It will motivate you to follow through and do well in your studies.
Procrastination is not a difficult problem to solve. As you have read, the solution lies within us. It is merely a matter of re- orienting ourselves of the tasks that we need to do in order to accomplish the goals we’ve set in school or in life.