08 Apr Avoiding Procrastination While Pursuing An Online Degree
Procrastination is avoiding a specific task that you need to do. It’s a common affliction among all age groups but it particularly afflicts college students. Avoiding procrastination is a quick step to success.
Procrastination is one of the insidious diseases that afflict human nature. When you need to do something, you put it off. Instead of doing it now, you decide to do it later. Soon, later becomes even later, and sometimes never. It’s a vicious cycle that can affect your work and your studies in a negative way.
If you can avoid the dangers of procrastination, you will increase your work or academic success. Here are some quick tips for avoiding procrastination.
Manage Your Time
First off, if you want to avoid procrastination for a big task, you need to manage your time accordingly. You need to set aside time for the task and use that time to work on that one task and only that task. You should set aside enough time to complete the task over several days. You really don’t want to do it all in one day, do you?
Plan For Completion
Secondly, you need to take a look at the task in depth and come up with a plan of completion. What parts does it entail? What is needed from each part? Break it down into easy to manage parts. It’s a lot easier to work on small parts. Prioritize these parts and take on the hardest one first, just jump into it because once you have the hard one out of the way you will feel a lot better about taking on the rest.
It All Starts With Small Things
Thirdly, don’t forget about the small things. Set aside 20 to 30 minutes a day to tackle the little things involved in completing your work and or studies, often times you can get A LOT done in a little time if you are 100% focused.
You also should keep in mind that you need to spend time relaxing from time to time. When a task because a bit overwhelming, take a small break of 5 to 10 minutes and then go right back to finishing the task. It might be time to take a quick snack, drip some coffee or just sit back and listen to a song.
I hate to be blunt but sometimes thats what it takes, so…”Just Do It!” if you keep putting it off it won’t go away, it will only grow to be a bigger problem. The winners in this world are not the ones who find the greatest excuses to put off what they know will make them more money or advance them in their schooling or employment. The winners in this world are the ones that priortize and seize the day.
Procrastination is the biggest success killer out there and it is something I struggled with for many years until I finally worked it all out and kept my procrastination at bay.
I believe that procrastination is made not born. It is a habit and like any other habit it can be broken. Telling a chronic procrastinator just to get on with it is like telling a heavy smoker to just stop. It’s not going to happen. You have to understand why you are doing it.
People will always do things that are fun, easy and important to them. They usually put things off that are difficult, uninteresting or damn right boring. Some things can frighten us, are complicated or can even be distasteful to us. You have probably been in situations where you have felt inadequate or not up to the task. It is this kind of irrational fear that you must tackle. Procrastination occurs when you experience emotions that you don’t want to feel when you are thinking about doing something. We are all products of our own thoughts – so controlling your thoughts is the key to conquering procrastination.
When we procrastinate we make excuses to ourselves. How stupid is that! The most common causes of procrastination are fear, low self esteem, perfectionism, underestimating the time you have to do something, indecision, distractions and letting the past rule your future.
So what can you do?
The most important thing of all is your attitude towards doing something. I said before that we are what we think and you need to keep this uppermost in your mind. It’s all about converting from “must do” and “have to” to “want to” and “will do”. OK you are about to approach a task that you don’t even know how to start. You are instantly filled with fear as this is important and needs to be done. If the thought you have in your head is “I’ve never done this before and I don’t know where to start” change this to “I really want to crack this so what can I do to make a start” This will kick your subconscious into action and it will start to give you ideas. It will also calm you down which is extremely important.
By replacing the negative thought with a positive one will neutralize any bad feelings you have, and enable you to focus on the solution instead of the problem. By focusing on the solution your subconscious will kick in and help you find answers. If you focus on the problem your good old subconscious will give you more reasons to worry about it, and strengthen procrastination within you to ease the pain.
I have used these thought neutralizing methods for some time now and although I still get feelings of procrastination occasionally these days it always works and I am able to break through it.
Give it a try!