Conquering Procrastination

  • Nov 30, 2016

Papers left until the day of, assignments completed minutes before their due dates; we're all guilty of some killer procrastination as preprofessional students. As crazy as it seems, we are left with only three weeks of the semester remaining, and while I'm strategically planning out how long I can put off my remaining assignments as we speak, there are a few ways you can combat the procrastination monster and rock out the end of the semester.

  1. Procrastinate your big projects by working on a few smaller ones. Wait, am I really encouraging procrastination in a blog that is supposed to tell you how not to procrastinate? Yep! By tricking your brain into thinking you are putting off what you really should be working on, you can conquer the little things that inadvertently add up.
  2. Break it up. Stop thinking of your ISS final paper as a 10-page paper, rather look at it as a few smaller ones. Use your short attention span to whip out one page at a time and before you know it, your assignment is complete!
  3. Punishment/Reward. Everyone who has taken a basic psychology class knows the effects of motivational devices on shaping behavior. Whether you find you work better when something is on the line or when there is a treat waiting for you at the finish line, use some motivation to get to work.
  4. Don't worry, be happy! Studies show that individuals are more likely to procrastinate when they are down in the dumps and think that they can improve their mood by doing something fun (AKA not their homework), so cheer up buttercup. The happier you are, the more productive you will be.
  5. Be realistic about your abilities. We all have that one friend that can go 8 hours non-stop in the library; however, for the most of us we have to be honest with ourselves about where are limitations lie. Set your schedule based on what you know you can handle.

By Sydney