You know procrastination makes everything worse, yet you can’t stop. Here’s how to stop procrastinating – these tips for college students will help you get a grip on your assignments and schedule.
In Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, Brian Tracy provides the 21 most effective methods for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more. He also includes updated information on how to keep technology (smart phones, iPads, apps, schnapps, etc) from dominating your time.
The causes of procrastination range from negative beliefs (“I won’t get a good grade, so why bother?”) to perfectionism and unachievable expectations. To succeed as a college student – and enjoy yourself at school – you need to figure out how to end procrastination.
It takes more time and effort to procrastinate than it does to write the essay, read the assigned chapters, or study for the test.
How to Stop Procrastinating – 5 Tips for College Students
“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” ~ William James.
1. Create the right environment
Eliminate or minimize noise and distraction. Make sure your lights aren’t too dim – or glaringly bright! Have everything you need at your fingertips, so you don’t waste time going back and forth to get the right books, pencils, etc.. Also – don’t study in bed. A desk and straight-backed chair may work best for college students struggling with procrasination.
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2. Figure out what works for you
Do you study better in a study group, or by yourself? Do you learn best by reading and highlighting textbook information, or by reading a paragraph and then re-writing it in your own words? To end procrastination as a college student, you need to create new study habits (if you didn’t in high school) and try different ways to tackle your studies.
3. Figure out if you’re a perfectionist
If you’re driven to get the highest grades or satisfy your parents’, siblings, or friends’ expectations of you, then you might have perfectionist tendencies. Are you a chronic overachiever? Are you scared of earning less than the best marks – or are you scared of failing? Getting to the root of why you procrastinate as a college student might help you end procrastination habit.
If you struggle with perfectionism, your might find 5 Tips for Overcoming Perfectionism helpful.
4. Find a “study buddy” or accountability partner
Set your daily, weekly, and monthly academic goals. Find someone who you can be accountable to: a fellow student, a peer mentor, a family member, or your boyfriend or girlfriend.
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Your study buddy has to be someone you respect, someone who will help motivate you to achieve your academic goals.
Set up a daily check in schedule; a time when you describe which goals you’ve achieved and what you’re planning for the near future. You can even set up a consequences system, and pay your study buddy or accountability partner $5 every time you don’t reach your goals.
5. Focus on the benefits of ending procrastination
Procrastination – whether you’re a college student or not – can lead to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, depression and self-doubt.
Procrastination interferes with your academic and personal success, and it creates unnecessary stress in your life. When you have tests to study for or homework to do, there’s nothing better than crossing those “things to do” off your list! Ending procrastination can increase your self-confidence and happiness – as well as improve your grade point average. So, when you’re ending procrastination as a college student, focus on the benefits of achieving your goals.
The steps are to create the right environment, figure out what works for you, decide how your perfectionism leads to procrastination, find a study buddy, and focus on ending the benefits of learning how to stop procrastinating as a college student. Start today.
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