It’s that time of the semester when 3 month’s worth of procrastination catches up to a lot of students, and panic sets it. We were all excited to go on Thanksgiving break and enjoy some time off, but then we come back to campus and *surprise* we have a week & a half of classes left! Then finals!
There are group presentations, essays, the last exams of the classes, for some people, these assignments can make or break their grade. But even for those who have done well during the semester, these grades are still important.
Unfortunately, a little bit of procrastination can creep in, even when everyone knows how much work they have to do and due dates are coming very quickly. This is especially true for seniors and December graduates.
So I’ve been looking up ways to fight procrastination, ironically enough, I’m writing this post instead of working on my ethics essay. So rule number one is…
1. Don’t procrastinate by blogging on Tumblr about not procrastinating.
2. Turn your music off.
You might think that your background music is helping you focus, and you may be correct, but try putting classical music on, or playing around with this free White Noise App: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/white-noise/eliebigndoeiljgegombjpjdacmnpggjve
3. Break a large project into smaller tasks.
Usually, it’s the larger projects that I procrastinate the most on. So breaking it up into smaller, more manageable pieces makes the project seem less daunting. And if you are doing this a decent amount of time before the assignment is actually do, set due dates for yourself for each small task.
4. Do the “worst” thing first.
This assignment is the “worst” because it’s large or super important or both. So try and tackle it first thing in the morning if you can or right after a power nap so you’re feeling alert & fresh. Plus, finishing the worst project first will make you feel fantastic.
5. Set a time for yourself & reward yourself.
You have to be realistic. Working at 100% capacity for three straight hours is either impossible or not going to end well. So allow yourself a 5 minute break to do whatever you want for every 30 minutes of work.
and 6. Just bite the bullet and get started on your work.
This is probably the most obvious, yet most difficult task. Just get over it and get started. …I hate this step.
Happy finals everyone!