It’s the end of the month of February. I know as a senior, I’m battling senioritis. This is especially hard because I have less than the minimum amount of credits this semester, so I have A LOT of free time. How do I battle procrastination? In my case, I try to read ahead for my one class. This way, if we get too far ahead, I’m already prepared and if not I’m still prepared. But not everyone can beat procrastination, especially with a normal course load. Here are some tips to battling procrastination:
1. Take it one step at a time. Even a small step on a project is better than no step at all. Making that word document for your research paper, printing out the assignment, rewriting it in your own words-these are all small steps you can take to make the task less daunting.
2. Brainstorm! Sometimes it’s hard for us to just sit and create a way to tackle a task, but maybe making a list on your iPad, or while you’re walking outside will help you out.
3. Set a Timer. This gives you a time frame to focus and concentrate on the task at hand.
4. Eliminate other distractions. This means no IM, TV, no e-mail, no internet whatsoever (unplugging your chord would be a good idea), no music (for those of you that find it distractive, I personally can work fine with music in my headphones) or anything remotely distractive, that might break your concentration.However, be careful. Don’t over exaggerate with this and lock yourself from the outside world, from your family and people that care for you.
Hopefully these tips will help you battle procrastination for the rest of the semester.