Tips to Overcome the Procrastination Hurdles!
Keep several REALISTIC “motivating” thoughts in mind
- “The more I do now, the less I have to do later and the sooner I can do something fun!”
- “I’ll get started and see how much I can get done in the next......(e.g. 30 minutes, 60 minutes).”
“It’s easier to do it now, than be kicking myself later!”
Stop thinking the worst!
- Saying, “I’ll never get this done” or “I’m going to fail” is not helpful and not realistic.
Instead, figure out ways to get several steps of the task accomplished.
Break the task into SEVERAL small steps on your to-do list. Cross each step off as you complete the tasks.
Make a reverse timeline
- Note when the task MUST be done.
- Then note/list the steps that you will need to complete in order to reach the finish line.
Note the date or time you need to complete each task so you’re clear about the timeline.
Make new to-do lists often!
- Starting each day with a to-do list will help you put responsibilities into perspective.
- Cross items off your to-do list as you complete them.
Don’t be afraid to put a few tasks on your list that you just completed. ("Crossing off" feels good!)
Ask for help when needed!
Think of how often you appreciate helping others. Reciprocate by asking for help when you get stuck!
- Think of how often you appreciate helping others. Reciprocate by asking for help when you get stuck!
Reward yourself with set breaks and/or perks when finishing tasks.
Give your mind breaks along the way (e.g. study one hour, take a 10 minute break, continue your task).
- Give your mind breaks along the way (e.g. study one hour, take a 10 minute break, continue your task).
- Figure out the "best" way to accomplish a task (e.g. if reading book chapters, make notecards for every page—write down a sample test question then write the answer on the back of the card).
Use interactive strategies (e.g. break notes into sample "test questions" vs. simply notes over and over).
Use a planner or calendar
- Start each day by making a to-do list.
- Write/record all deadlines and activities in your calendar (to include "fun" social activities).
Looking at the next two weeks should help you keep your tasks and activities in better order.
Set yourself up for success by choosing your "location" of focus wisely.
- Avoid studying in places that WILL distract you (e.g. studying in a bedroom is not usually helpful).
- If you like noise, listen to music.
- If you need a quiet spot, SEEK OUT a quiet location (e.g. the library).
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