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5 Ways to Beat Procrastination

6 Oct

Procrastination: the art of putting off something you need to do at a later time and regretting it. We’ve all done it at one point, right? Now that you’re in college, it’s especially harder to get work done when you are right in the middle of a jackpot of distractions. You know that you have a lot to do, so why do we do it to ourselves time and time again? It might be that you need to change your methods. Here are some tips of what you can do to stop procrastinating.

1. Limit your time on distracting activities. Maybe you just got out of an exam and you need a way to clear your mind before getting down to business. There’s nothing wrong with that, but spending too much time watching Netflix, scrolling through your Twitter feed, or SnapChat-ing your bae can deter you from being productive if you have another exam you have to worry about, or a paper you have due the next day. You can prevent this by setting your limits. Maybe watch ONE episode of your show, or allow yourself time for one hour to spend on social media.

2. Make sure you stick to your commitments to limit yourself! Saying you are going to stop watching Netflix is one thing, but actually doing it is another. One way to help keep you on track is to download a plugin that only allows you to be on a certain website for a limited time -a good one to use is “StayFocusd.” It’s an extension for Chrome that gives you a set amount of time to be on a website and then blocks you from using it for the rest of the day. You can also tell your roommate or any person that is around you to take your phone away or make sure you get off the website at the time you set for you to start working.

3. Create a realistic list of things you need to get done. Writing a list helps organize your thoughts and also should help you prioritize your workload. Additionally, making sure it is manageable is key; just making a list doesn’t accomplish anything if you aren’t able to cross things off your list. However, with that being said, don’t limit yourself to just writing down a few things just so that you can go back to that last episode on Netflix.

4. Set goals for yourself and meet them so you can reward yourself. A goal and reward system makes completing a lot of tasks a lot easier. It’s okay to take breaks, but make sure you actually get work done before you reward yourself to some time on your phone or social media.

5. Find a suitable working environment. Sometimes working from home is hard when you have access to your kitchen, TV, and your bed. You are more tempted to find something to eat or even take a nap. Also, a suitable working environment does not necessarily have to be a specific place; it can also be the type of people you surround yourself with. You might love your friend to pieces, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can live with them. The same works with studying; you might love hanging out with a friend, but that doesn’t mean you will work efficiently when they are around.

Lastly, all of these tips are based off of my experiences, so not all of them might work for you. It’s all about exploring what works best for you. Good luck!


ASA How-to: Avoiding Procrastination

2 Oct

Never-put-off-till-tomorrow-what-you-can-do-todaySo your professor reminds you that your first exam is next week. It’s cool– you don’t sweat it. It’s eons away, and you’ll get to studying eventually. Besides, you have so many more important things to do, like hanging out with friends, going out to dinner, and shopping for you know, um, stuff.


Fast-forward to the night before the exam. You had all week to prepare, and you’re sweating bullets now. You curse yourself: “Why didn’t I study some of this earlier? I’m going to have to stay up all night to get all this material down…I’m going to get absolutely no rest! I don’t have time for any of this!”


This is what happens when you procrastinate. You stall, you get distracted, and you happen to have something better to do than the one thing that you should actually be doing. You top it all off by panicking and getting the necessary task done at the last possible minute.

Perhaps bringing in these bad time-management habits in from high school wasn’t such a good idea. This rough routine gets tiring real fast– especially now that you’re at the University level. But what to do?


That’s where I come in! See the below steps on how to avoid or break the habit!


STEP #1:


That’s right! The first step is a simple as that. Recognize your time-management patterns and identify when you’re procrastinating. Know when you are getting off-task and are looking for a distraction!

ALERT! You are procrastinating when:

  • You spend your day doing all of your unimportant tasks before the most important.
  • You begin to write a document and then open another window to check social media.
  • You check your mobile phone and text while you have a task in front of you (such as reading or writing a paper).
  • You wait for the “right mood” or “right time.”

STEP #2:


The second step isn’t too hard, but it could take some good self reflecting to answer. Why is it exactly that are you procrastinating? Is the task really difficult for you? Is the task out of your comfort zone? Considering the root of the problem is a good way to avoid procrastination in general.

Common causes of procrastination include:

  • Laziness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Outside of comfort zone
  • Rebellion
  • Fatigue
  • Fear of failure
  • Perfectionism
  • Not a clear understanding of task

STEP #3:


Get organized → Keep a planner with weekly goals or write out a daily to-do list; just stick to whatever you are most comfortable with to keep you on track with your goals in mind!

Motivate yourself → There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a little reward at the end of the completion of a difficult task. It gives you something to look forward to!

Give yourself a brief break → This is crucial to avoid procrastination. Release your sidetracked energy on a quick nap, texting etc. and then get back to work! Don’t get carried away here though, you should give yourself only a certain amount of time (10-20 minutes max) to relax.

Remove what’s distracting you → Whether it’s your smartphone, Facebook, or the TV, shut it off and put it away! I know we’re all tempted to be constantly connected to the Twitterverse, but trust me, nothing major is going to happen in the next few hours! Give yourself a break from your social media distractions and you’ll surely focus better!

STEP #4:


In the end, it all boils down to taking action. No matter how structured your plan is, or how good your strategy seems, nothing is going to happen if you don’t take the initiative!




Wish I Knew: Time Management

10 Jun

One of the things I struggled with the most when I came to college was definitely Time management.

During my freshmen year of college, I didn’t have many responsibilities outside of school. I didn’t work. I wasn’t in any clubs. I basically came to school for my classes, and then I went home. Let’s just say that that was the time in my life when I was the least productive. Having so much time on my hands, however, resulted in an “I’ll do it later” mentality. This led to…


Going into my sophomore year, I knew that I had to change some tendencies that I had developed during my first year in college. First, I got a job that didn’t offer a lot of hours; this was okay because I didn’t want to dive into anything that I couldn’t handle. I also joined the Arizona Assurance Scholars Club and Cubs to Wildcats. I was definitely busier, but I still found myself with a substantial amount of free time on may hands.

This led me to believe that I could still handle so much more. During my junior year, my schedule looked something like this:


My thoughts on this schedule:


And my thoughts on the schedule were …As you can see, I had a lot of overlapping responsibilities, but, because I hadn’t taken on that much since high school, I thought I could do it. Halfway through the semester, however, my nights consisted of countless hours of homework plus take-home responsibilities from the clubs I was involved in. You may be asking yourself, “What about sleep, Veronica?” Well,


I obviously had surpassed my limit, and I had to let go of some things that I really enjoyed doing. I took a step back in one of my clubs, and I had to give up my Research Assistant position.

Now, as I am preparing for my senior year, planning the perfect schedule is extremely important for me. I still have multiple responsibilities, but I have found that if it weren’t for all of these extra-curricular activities, I wouldn’t be doing so well in school. In regards to my schedule, I have also learned that it is important to consider how times for classes, clubs, and work may increase or shift during a semester, and I have to leave wiggle room for that.

I know a lot of people don’t like planning for things ahead of time, but it is honestly one of the most rewarding feelings when your schedule works for you. It’s also important to consider that these extra-curricular activities will help us become a more well rounded students which will make us stronger candidates for jobs in the future.