4 Ways to End Your Addiction to Procrastination

If you constantly find yourself doing home work on the night (read: early morning) before it’s due, I would like to share some of my own unorthodox strategies for kicking the procrastination habit.

1. Disconnect

While it may sound obvious, I’m surprised by how many people haven’t really tried limiting their internet access. Gather the materials you need and go offline. I don’t mean exit out of your web browser, I mean unplug your router or leave the house and go somewhere where you can’t access the internet. It sounds drastic, but I’ve found myself taking a fifteen minute break that lasted two hours far too many times to trust myself with the internet any longer. After spending some time disconnected you might just find it liberating to not feel the pressure to check your email or Facebook every couple of minutes.

2. Make a List

Another, simple, but effective technique: make a list. Check it twice, thrice, or as many times as you need, but make sure you have it in a place where you’ll see it often! I would advise sticking a note on your computer so that you’ll be constantly reminded of what you have to do. With a list in your face all the time it’s impossible to forget about assignments that you might not be thinking about during the day, especially those that are not due for a week or two. Balancing class, social life, and work is not easy, but a list can help you stay organized and ahead of the curve.

3. The Buddy System

If you you aren’t up for the challenge of moderating yourself, it can be helpful to have someone around who will keep an eye on you and keep you on track. Of course, the most difficult part is finding a friend who you can rely on to call you out when you’re watching videos on Youtube, but not distract you with conversation. A good study buddy can console you through lapses in motivation and help you keep your spirits up during the gloomiest of essays.

4.  Procrastinate

What? Before you scoff, read on. No one’s perfect, and this strategy allows you to take a break from one assignment in order to complete another. The trick is to be working ahead of time on more than one assignment so you can take a break and switch to the other when you get frustrated or bored. This method does not work if you choose to focus on an assignment due in a few weeks instead of the one due in a few hours. As noted above, a list can help you keep your priorities straight, making it an excellent tool in conjunction with this method. Try delaying dish washing for some homework time and you’ll be surprised how appealing it is to avoid those boring chores!

It’s not easy to end the procrastination cycle, but with these strategies you have the tools to break the habit and form an efficient homework routine. Be sure to share any of your own tips in the comments.

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Ryan Schapals

Ryan Schapals

Ryan Schapals is a senior at DePaul University studying Creative Writing and Psychology. Outside of class, Ryan can be found working in the Pysch Lab or at a local health clinic. When he's not distracted by cat videos, he tries to balance his time between playing guitar, writing prose, and running around the soccer field.

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