How to Stop Procrastinating

Susie Cheong and Youna Sim

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The vast majority of the high school population suffers from this godforsaken illness. It is solely responsible for the lack of good quality work that are produced by students as well as the amount of sleep deprived from every student. No one can ever say that never in their life have they been guilty of this crime because at some point everyone has. I, myself, can’t even count the amount of times I finished my essay two minutes before it was due. To help out people like you and I, I have come up with some methods to prevent procrastination and here they are :

  • Write down your goal and give yourself a deadline.

Having multiple deadlines for your work is more preferable than having just one. That’s because you can create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small tasks and break down your project little by little. This could help you stay motivated since you only have to do a small section of your assignment per day. Setting up only one deadline will lead to the idea that we have enough time to finish our assignments later; and, we’ll keep pushing everything back, until eventually it’s too late. Try using this method yourself! You’d surely notice a difference!

  • Get a buddy

The main reason for our procrastination is lack of motivation. Having a companion or buddy can be an incentive, as it makes studying more fun. Both having similar goals and inspiring each other to accomplishing a goal, you and your friends will be motivated to finish your task. Not only can having a partner help with procrastination, it can also be a lesson for both of you: You guys can ask each other about your goals and progress for it.

  • Change your environment

Working in different environments can help you produce different results. Working at home in your room would simply be like an invitation to procrastination. Working at home makes you want to snuggle up in your cozy bed and sleep, or your bed seduces you to lie down and watch TV. If these issues are your concerns, you should look for a change in your workspace. One solution to this would be to look for an environment that helps you feel inspired. For example: the library or even a quiet cafe where people go to study.  

  • Hang out with people who inspire you to take action

Hanging out with inspirational people, the go-getters, will benefit you. Surrounding yourself with others who work hard and want the best for you will help you personally and academically. Make sure you identify the hard working and kind people, and attach yourselves to them.

  • Create a detailed timeline with specific deadlines

Having only one thing to do isn’t going to benefit you in the long run. Make sure to create a deadline that will progress with you and will benefit you in the long run. For example, make a detailed and realistic list you can accomplish this week. Don’t try to do a week’s worth of work in a day create a detailed and organized deadline that will work for you.

  • Eliminate your procrastination pit-stops

It’s very easy to get distracted if you have a lot of things to do. At first we say 5 minutes, then to 15 minutes, then to 5 hours! We have to be realistic and take out the things that distract us, such as putting your phone on DO NOT DISTURB MODE. For certain people music helps them focus, but some other people easily get distracted.

  • Reward progress

Make sure you reward your progress and make incentives. This will make you want to work harder you can go out with your friends, go out to eat, etc. BUT, make sure you reward yourself for only the hard work you accomplished.

  • JUST DO IT!

At the end it really comes down to you. You have to be motivated to do it even if others tell you to do it you have to genuinely do it. You have to take action step forward and achieve your goals. If you want success stop procrastinating get a grip and DO IT.

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  1. Jennifer Moreno on February 9th, 2018 11:23 am

    I relate to this so much. I procrastinate to the max, I do my work at the last possible moment, like the period before it’s due. Having a plan, the right environment, and friends to help you out really does help with maximizing ones productivity. I hope more people read this article because these tips will really help those who specialize in procrastinating.

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  2. Francis on February 9th, 2018 11:32 am

    Agreed hopefully more people have the ability to follow these tips and allow themselves to move into a more motivational state of mind. Unlike myself who continue to procrastinate and do what I want in the end there’s always a way for me to complete that task without worrying to much. Hopefully people took this into consideration and appreciate it.

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