Let’s face it. Procrastinating can be an easy habit to fall into. Here are some effective ways to end procrastination once and for all.
1) Get to the root of it.
Think about why you are procrastinating. Is it because you don’t know how to do the homework? Are you not interested in the subject? Are you overwhelmed? Do you not know where to start? Once you’ve figured out why you’re procrastinating, use some of the other tips on this list to combat it.
2) Breaking big projects into smaller parts.
Chunking material is a great way to make assignments less intimidating and more manageable. Chunking can also help you better learn material. For example, if you have a big test coming up, spread out your studying. Instead of cramming 7 hours of studying into one night, study 30 minutes a day for the two weeks leading up to the test. Chunking ensures information is stored into your long-term memory instead of being forgotten as soon as you turn the test in.
3) Tell your friends or parents about the tasks you have to get done.
Keep yourself accountable! Tell your friend what you plan to do in a given day or week. Check in with them regularly to track your progress.
4) 5-Minute Rule
Tell yourself you’re only going to work on a task for 5 minutes. If you don’t want to keep going after the 5 minutes are up, take a break and try again later. Most likely, though, you’ll get going and the task won’t be nearly as difficult as you thought— before you know it, you’ll be done!
5) Manage your time better by setting a timer.
Make yourself work for small intervals of time (say 25 to 30 minutes). Focus only on the task at hand during this time. Once the timer goes off, give yourself a 5 minute break to check your phone, stretch, or get a drink of water.
6) Eliminate distractions.
Turn off the TV. Study in a quiet space. Put your phone in another room or turn it off. It’s easy to pick up your phone to reply to a text and end up scrolling on Instagram or Youtube for hours on end.
7) Reward yourself for each small goal reached.
Reward yourself for completing a task with an activity that’s fun but not time consuming. Grab a snack, phone a friend, or watch a 20 minute TV show.
8) Think about how great it will feel to finish.
Or think about how stressed you’ll be if you wait until later. Visualizing is a surprisingly effective way to ward off procrastination. Imagine how relieved you’ll feel in the future if you finish that assignment now.
9) Aim for progress, not perfection.
Maybe you’re scared you won’t do it right. But remember, you shouldn’t expect your first attempt to be perfect. It’s important to realize that learning is a variable process with ups and downs. See our blog on developing a growth mindset for more info!