When I was in school, procrastination was always my biggest enemy. Thinking about the number of days left instead of the number of chapters to cover was a habit. Calling friends to find out that they were also “unprepared” made me feel less lonely in that academic warfare. I realized it was not healthy and something had to be done immediately. And it was then when I embarked on this quest to find out tips that could help me beat procrastination and start studying.
1. Divide And Conquer
Not only is this strategy an effective one to destroy a nation, it can also help you conquer your syllabus. Looking at the book from an eagle-eye perspective can often leave us overwhelmed by the amount of tasks to be accomplished. Aside shattering our confidence, it plunges us into a darker place where we can no longer think straight. Dividing chapters/categories into smaller, more easier to accomplish tasks can definitely increase your confidence to start studying.
2. Give Yourself A Treat
Long hours of study can make you feel hesitant about next section. Take breaks between study hours and give yourself a treat. This can be anything from a doughnut to a walk in the park. As long as it refreshes your brain and recharges your batteries before you burn the midnight oil once again, it works. It is scientifically proven that even brief diversions from a task can improve focus. When you focus, you will less likely to procrastinate.
3. Stay Motivated
My favorite way to beat procrastination is to remember why you started in the first place. Knowing why you are putting in all the efforts can play the biggest role in your overall studying performance. Make paper cards that display your dreams and ambitions in three words or less and stick them on your wall or desk. This way, every time you feel like giving up, you look up at your desk and see “Perfect SAT Score” or “Dad will smile” or maybe “Harvard awaits”. Trust me on this one. It worked for me big time.
4. Reality Check
Affirmations are supposed to be a positive thing, but do not tell yourself “Nothing is impossible!” when you have to cram an entire book a day before the final exam. Wake up to the reality! We can’t achieve that impossible task in just one day. Make realistic approaches and prepare early. You only can do what CAN be done.
5. The Perfect Place
Being in the right state of mind is absolutely necessary to reduce procrastination. But equally as important is the place. Just looking at your cell phone can make you curious about how many people have liked your picture on Facebook. Looking at a poster of your favorite movie star might throw you into day dream of how your Hollywood dreams never worked out. But we need actions, not fantasy. So it’s best to study in an environment which is free from distractions. Your study desk shouldn’t face a window. You don’t want to look outside and wish you were the guys that are playing basketball.
I hope these 5 tips can help you stop procrastinating and achieve study goals.