Procrastination is something that plagues each and every one of us.
We may not all procrastinate in the same way but we achieve the same result: getting absolutely nothing done! As you can imagine, this poses a problem at university where we are on the clock every day.
There are innumerable techniques that can be used to combat this pervasive problem, but doing small things, like keeping your workspace tidy, can do wonders for your focus.
Here are just a few tips to get you started.
1. Get Organised
Constantly wondering when your next task is due or even what that task is can add unwanted stress. Is it simpler to just ignore the task until the last minute instead of worrying about where everything is and when it’s due?
A notebook or even your phone would be a more beneficial and stress-free way to keep track of your assignments.
While you’re at it, why not keep your workspace uncluttered to ensure a clear and focused head. We’re told that “Cluttered spaces can have negative effects on our stress and anxiety levels, as well as our ability to focus, our eating choices, and even our sleep.”
Certainly a strong case for clearing up the clutter, right?
2. Set Goals
One of the reasons procrastination is a problem may be due to the workload. It may seem unbearable and you just don’t know where to start.
Setting goals can reduce this immensely. Why not make a list of all your tasks and assign them the time that they require? That way you can stay on top of your tasks without putting them off and then are left wondering where the time went.
Small tasks checked off on a list show our tired brains that we are moving in the right direction and give us a little kick of happy hormones at the same time.
3. Take a Break
Take a breather, whether it’s going for a walk, listening to music or just staring out the window for a few minutes.
It may seem like you have to work all the time just to keep up with it all but taking a rest, even a short 10-minute break, will help with reducing your need to procrastinate. A break, however short, can help you to collect your thoughts and concentrating will be easier for you than just forcing yourself to work.
One study tells us, “It has been shown that short, repeated sessions of learning with breaks increase your concentration and facilitate the memorization of new contents. The Podomoro technique can be an excellent way to study during productive intervals and rest during breaks.”
Yes, having to sit down and focus on something you may or may not be interested in can be a challenge. But if you can keep a handle on your head space and avoid procrastination, then you’re one step closer to getting your life in order and your assignments turned in.
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