5 Ways To Cure Procrastination During College

Procrastination can be a real problem if you’re trying to review for exams, or if you’re writing up your final project; just when you want to, or need to work, you find yourself getting distracted.

Indecision can then turn to panic when you realize you need to try to get everything completed at the last minute. What, then, are some of the ways in which you can fight procrastination and get on top of your work?

From setting yourself a schedule, to blocking social networking sites, and including exercise, getting help, and focusing on realistic goals, some tips for helping college students with procrastination can be found below:

Set Yourself a Schedule

While it may not always be easy to follow – writing a schedule can itself become distracting – it’s important to look at the time you have and break it down into manageable chunks. Install alerts on your phone or computer to make you get up and start the day at a reasonable time, and try to set aside time for eating proper meals and getting enough sleep. Although you don’t need a strict routine every day, aim to give yourself a reward for completing a certain amount of homework – this might mean going out to the cinema, or getting a takeaway.

Block Social Networking Sites

Modern procrastination has been made much worse by social networking sites, which can be a constant distraction when you’re trying to work; having access to Facebook and Twitter on your phone can make this problem even worse. There are ways to reduce your social media usage, though, which include blocking apps like Social Network and Web Blocker, which will restrict access to sites when you’re trying to work; you can uninstall them, but it’ll take time.

Exercise

One of the main problems associated with procrastination is that it tends to lead to you being tired, or getting into irregular sleeping patterns. If you’re getting up late, or if you find yourself unable to focus at certain times of the day, try going for a long walk or a run; doing so can help clear your mind and reduce any exam or writing stress, making it much easier to get on with what you need to do for work.

Get Help

No one should isolate themselves completely when procrastinating; however, you also shouldn’t rely on friends and family to distract you whenever you do get bored. Get friends and family, instead, to check up on you to see if you’re working, and to be tough about any requests to do anything but homework. The same approach can also work well if you’re getting distracted by social media chats and texts – just switch them off or block them if you’re getting too distracted.

Set Realistic Goals

Similar to having a clear schedule, having realistic goals for your revision or your writing up will help to prevent you from being overwhelmed; you’ll be less likely to start work or concentrate if you’re worried about the big picture. Instead, focus on what you can realistically achieve over a few days, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Taking regular breaks once you have done work is more rewarding than constantly putting off the work altogether.

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Donna Baxter

Donna Baxter

Donna Baxter is a massive education advocate and serial procrastinator up until very recently when she finally managed to get on top of this bad habit. The worst thing possible is to let procrastination get in the way when you are studying for an exam. One of the best ways to get around this is to make use of structured revision courses such as the ones Landsdown College offer.
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