Procrastination Tips

January 8, 2011

Going to a post-secondary school can be challenging, but surprisingly easy at the same time. As a student I notice the biggest problem with my classmates is their ability to stay focused and not procrastinate (I’m in the exact same situation, just for clarification) . They have the skills, but when they arrive at the final exam, success and failure becomes a thin line with a fifty-fifty chance of survival. The last week is a struggle between one self, causing huge moments of stress and relief. I don’t think it’s assignments, exams, or the lectures that make it difficult though; it’s the student. While ninety-nine per cent of the time I find myself well organized, I still procrastinate like crazy. Here are some useful tips that I do to help my studies go a lot easier than they should:

1. Write down deadlines/important information – Even if you remember the due date the prof. gave for a English essay, writing it down will help give a sense of how much time you have to work on it. If you mark it on a calender or an agenda, you will see it at least a few days prior to the due date.

2. Keeping a book for dates – Usually this is called an agenda, but any sort of book/pad just to keep due dates is very handy. Going above and beyond can be adding details below each date (Word Count, whats requried, etc).

3.Overplan – If you have a bad habit of procrastination, planning when to work on certain projects will help. When I say this, I mean assigning days of the week to specific work. Example: Monday – Essay 1, Paragraph One.

4. Babysteps – Whenever you have a big project that looks intimidating, break it down and assign short, simple tasks so you don’t stress as much. Example: Separate essay’s into paragraph’s.

5. Take a break – Remember to take well deserved breaks whenever you’ve been working for a good amount of time. Ten to fifteen minutes is usually a good amount of time to spend during long work days.

A strong will-power (and help from outside sources) is necessary in order for you to succeed in any form of work. Doing all 5 of these tips won’t save your entire education, but it will certainly help. In retrospect to my program of Game Development, think of this course as an RPG. You know the skills, just like how Link know’s how to swing a sword. The tips provided are you’re special weapons, potions and/or party members, with the ending of the game being that you passed, and maybe with an A+! The final boss, just like Ganon from Zelda, would be procrastination. Certainly you can add finer details to this analogy, but if you’re able to get past procrastination, work will get done and you’ll be a happier person!

I strongly recommend that everyone reads this if you want to know a deeper understanding of the word procrastination. It covers theories like why we do it even if it makes us unhappy, how our own minds are competing against each other, and some cool solutions on how to stop it.

Leave a comment about your own experiences. Maybe you’ll help a fellow person with your advice. Just for record as well, I was procrastinating while writing this article 😛

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