It’s almost that time of the semester that we look forward to but also dread. Finals are approaching fast, and you can feel the stress and the tension in the air rising. Because finals are coming up, you may be doing a lot of studying when you’d rather be watching Netflix. You start to tell yourself, “That can wait a few more hours” or “I can do that tomorrow.” However, procrastination is a dangerous thing that gets the best of us sometimes. Here are some tips to help you overcome procrastination.
1) Create a to-do list.
Creating a to-do list helps you see what assignments and tasks you need to complete. Writing things down is a great way to help you get all of your assignments done without forgetting what you need to do. In addition, you will be able to see which assignments you need to do first.
2.) Give yourself a break.
Cramming for a test or trying to do an assignment all at once has been proven to be not as effective as giving yourself a break. Giving yourself a break allows you to step away from the assignment for a short time and come back with a fresh mind. Breaking your work down into steps with breaks in between will make an assignment or study time seem less daunting.
3.) Remove your distractions.
Turn that phone on silent, or better yet, turn it off! If you know you’re a person that picks up ther phone the moment it vibrates, give it to your roommate or friend so you’re not tempted to use it. Remove all items that will distract you from getting your work done.
4.) Motivate yourself with rewards.
Pump yourself up! Make yourself excited to finish the assignment! When you’ve completed an assignment, reward yourself because you’ve earned it!
5.) Do one task at a time.
DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT MULTITASK. It is not good for your brain to be focused on so many things at once, and your work will show that. You make think that you can type two papers and watch Netflix at the same time, but it’s not the way to go. You aren’t putting your best work forward on one task if you are focused on other things.
6.) Make it fun.
I know this seems like it is impossible, but there are way to make this fun! Tyr listening to music, using different colored ink pens, using colored flashcards, or snacks close to you. Doing these things could definitely help enhance your learning experience and make it more enjoyable.
We are in the final stretch. We will complete all of our assignments. We will pass all of our classes. We will finish strong. The Holman Success Center has faith in you.
Guest post by TiTyana Gardner