How to avoid study procrastination

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Whether you are a student or after you have graduated from school, you will find that you will be hounded by procrastination at one time or another. Procrastination has its costs- if you do not do your projects or review for your exams as per schedule, you will come up with poor results. The results can be as minor as getting a slightly lower grade than you could have gotten or failing the course itself.

Since your primary objective in being in school is to learn and obtain your degree or diploma, then give all matters that will bring you closer to your goal the first priority.

Below are tips to help you.

1. for every subject familiarize yourself with the topics to be covered, the course requirements and the time that you have to complete these.

Break down these requirements into smaller tasks or to-do and set a reasonable deadline for each task.

Be specific with the dates the tasks are to be completed. You can maintain a daily list of things to do on a separate sheet. Then you can consolidate everything, the big tasks into one calendar that will allow you to see per day, per week, per month what needs to be completed.

2. As you complete each item on your to – do list, put a check or tick mark beside it. Doing so will give you a feeling of accomplishment and will give you the momentum to tackle the next set of to-do items.

3. Make it a habit to do the big tasks first as these take the most energy and concentration. When you need to take a break, then that can be the time you can do the small things like paying your bills, throwing out the trash, among others.

4. Give yourself a break or reward after accomplishing each major task. You can eat a favorite snack or meal, go for a walk, or talk with your favorite friend. Make your reward commensurate to the task. Using the reverse of this method, you can withhold something from yourself until you have completed a task such as watching your favorite TV show or a concert.

5. Avoid distractions while working. When using your computer, sign off on Facebook, Tweeter or whatever social media you are using. You can set aside time for this after you have accomplished your studies.

There is an app called Rescue Time which you can use to block off certain (or all) websites for a set period of time, such as when you are studying.

6. Do not wait to perfect everything. Remind yourself that after you have done all that you need to do for a certain project, it is time to put a closure to it by considering it done. You can then move on to the next to-do item on your list.

7. Make your goals public. You can ask a classmate or friend or family member to call your attention or to remind you to complete a task by the deadline, or just to check on you.

8. Avoid taking on too many commitments, especially if these do not help you achieve your main objective.

9. Have the discipline to study on a consistent basis. You do not have to use a big chunk of time every time. If you can allot say, 10 minutes going over your notes after every class, and another

10 minutes reviewing them before the next session, then you are helping yourself retain the material so that you are better prepared for the exams.

To conclude, after having done all these, always remind yourself why you are in school to keep you on track. Everything you do must always be held up to that goal.

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