Hi friends! Procrastination is a big problem among college students. It’s hard to focus on schoolwork when we have things that are more fun, like TV, movies, music, books, and social media. Because of this, I decided to write a post about how to fight procrastination.
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Ignore interruptions, focus
Turn your phone on airplane mode, resist the temptation to go on other websites on your computer, and turn off the music (unless it’s instrumental or you think you work better with it). Also, get yourself some water so you’re not tempted to get up during your study session. These things will help you ignore interruptions and get more done in less time!
I know a lot of things demand your attention, but some things are more important than other things. Remember to take care of the more important things first.
Use the Pomodoro Technique
I’ve sure you’ve already heard of the Pomodoro technique, but it’s a great way to save time. You spend 25 minutes hardcore focusing on your task, and then 5 minutes stretching or doing a quick scroll on social media. The Pomodoro technique helps you keep track of your breaks and it’ll help you keep track of time. By keeping track of time, you will be less likely to misuse it. Here’s an online Pomodoro timer!
Do quick things right away
Have you ever heard of the “two minute rule”? It states that if you can do something in two minutes, do it right away. That way, you don’t have to worry about it any more. Things like replying to an email, tidying up your desk, and putting away papers can be done in two minutes, so if you’re faced with small tasks like that, do them right away. It’ll save you time in the end!
Then, do the tougher things
After you’ve finished the quick tasks, you should do the hardest tasks. You’ll have more energy at the beginning of your study session, so it’s best to dedicate all that energy to the tasks that will require it. This also ensures that once you’re done with the quickest and hardest things, you’ll only have to finish the easier things.
Write a to do list/set goals
Writing a to do list or a list of goals is another great way to beat procrastination. You’ll be more likely to do something if you have it written down in front of you. When you know what you need to do, you’ll be more motivated to do it. Plus, you’ll get that great feeling when you can cross off something from the list!
It’s true that college students tend to procrastinate. We’d rather entertain ourselves with social media than do work. Who can blame us? But we have to resist that urge, the urge to procrastinate, by ignoring interruptions, prioritizing, using the Pomodoro technique, and writing a to do list. These methods will help us stop procrastinating and start being productive.
How do you resist the urge to procrastinate? Have you tried any of the tips I mentioned?