Procrastination can stand in the way of student success. In order to avoid procrastinating, it is important that a student understand if the procrastinating is to avoid the subject at hand, or if it is a habit.
Time management is important in beating procrastination. Break your assignments down into smaller segments and accomplish them one step at a time. Don't try to set goals to be too large and thus unrealistic. By breaking down the steps, you accomplish the task as well as motivate yourself to move forward because of your successful completion of a task. The most important step is the first one. Go ahead and do something regarding the task at hand. It will be easier after the first step is made.
Avoid distractions. Don't let yourself get too comfortable when studying. Try to get everything you need together so you don't have to get up and down. Minimize noise. It is a good idea to turn off your telephone when studying. Television and music is also distracting.
Tell yourself that you can do the assignment. Self-motivation is important. Reward yourself with positive thoughts when you complete a job. Think about your values and goals and decide if you are reaching them. Decide on your best learning process for the assignment and use it. Believe that you can succeed, and you will.
It may be good for you to find somebody in whom you can confide your goals and successes. Outside motivation and praise will help to achieve positive inner beliefs and thoughts. Other people can help point out your strengths and weaknesses, thus making it easier to pinpoint why you procrastinate.
Recall your successes to avoid procrastination. Think about a large project and how you accomplished it. These thoughts will keep you in a positive frame of mind. If you picture yourself as successful, you will become successful.
Last Updated: 08/20/2013
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