We’ve all struggled with procrastination some point and all know how anxious it can make you feel. The initial belief that you have ample time to complete your assignment causes you to blow it off in favor of something more entertaining. Then that comfort morphs into a looming sense of dread as you realize that deadline is rapidly approaching and the next thing you know it’s 4 a.m. and you’re desperately trying to finish a 10 page research paper before your first class in the morning.
Honestly, I’m one of the worst offenders in regards to putting off work. I’ve done the same thing my entire high school career and I’ve noticed I procrastinated my entire first semester here, too. But I’m trying to remedy that. To be successful as college students, we need a higher standard of work ethic. And we can’t be subject to the pitfalls of procrastination that hold us back.
The first step in combating procrastination is recognizing our own patterns. Before you can change any dysfunctional behavior about yourself, you first need to understand how that behavior starts. Notice the thought process in your head that leads you to put off work. Once you know how it starts, you can force yourself to not acknowledge that feeling and stay productive.
Another key component in combating procrastination is strategies to minimize the inevitable feeling of boredom and fatigue that comes with completing a difficult task. There are dozens of strategies out there. The one found that works for me personally is segmenting my time. This means that I break up a large daunting task into smaller, seemingly more achievable ones. For example, when studying for a test, there’s no need to sit and study silently for two hours straight. Instead maybe study for 15 minutes or so then take a break, study for 15 and take a break, etc etc. And before you know it, you’ll have gotten through all of the material.
-Jordan Winston, student blogger