P for Procrastination

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Essays, projects, presentations, finals…  At the end of the semester, there’s so much to do, while so little time is left. Finish all those assignments or study for your exams? In the end, it all comes down to time management and after all, you might be able to survive somehow. However, in reality, you’re not really backed up most of the time.

Some students may actually believe they might work best under pressure, but according to Piers Steel, a professor in the human resources and organizational dynamics of the University of Calgary, procrastination is negatively related to overall GPA, final exam scores, and assignment grades.

Among the burdens for an effective working process can be confusion, depression, exhaustion and perfectionism. Ambiguity can also contribute to procrastination. In order to get out of this hole, here is a list of five tips to combat procrastination provided by Minnesota State University.

  • Manage your time wisely. It is better to overestimate the time you will need than to underestimate it.
  • Remember that perfection is unattainable. Unrealistic goals will only hinder your motivation. Concentrate on finishing a “rough draft” to review for adjustments later, instead of trying to come up with a final copy at once.
  • Set reasonable goals for yourself. Don’t assume that you’ll handle all 15 chapters the night before the exam. Instead, read a few chapters at a time to understand the material better and get a better grasp on the chapters to come.
  • Remember to take breaks. Take at least a ten-minute break per hour before returning back to your project. Don’t try to finish a ten page research project in six hours straight, schedule time to relax.
  • Reward yourself for even small accomplishments. This is especially necessary for larger projects. After completing parts of your work, rewards will motivate to resume. My personal suggestion would be chocolate!

Good luck and keep up the energy. You have a long way to go!

Lucia Yegyan

 

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