Study Tips: Handling Procrastination

handling procrastination

Did you know that an estimated 90% of college students procrastinate? And of those students 25% are chronic procrastinators!

What’s procrastination?

It’s avoiding doing a task, which needs to be accomplished. This often leads to feeling guilty, inadequate, or depressed. And more importantly, procrastination has a high potential for consequences – academic interference and goal disruption. You’re standardized test study plan is at risk.

Why do we procrastinate?

  • Poor Time Management: You’re uncertain of your goals or priorities and you’re not giving 100%. You may also be overwhelmed with a task or life event. So you’re putting off studying.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: You daydream, stare into space, look at pictures and do everything but the task at hand. But all these things just promote time wasting and frustration as they don’t achieve your goals.
  • Fear and Anxiety: You’re afraid of failing so you don’t even attempt to try.
  • Poor confidence: You tell yourself that you won’t ever succeed or that you lack the necessary skills.
  • Personal problems: Financial difficulties, family issues, relationship problems, etc.
  • Finding the task boring

How to Handle Procrastination?

  • Recognized the problems your facing.
  • Identify your goals, strengths, weaknesses, values, and priorities.
  • Compare your actions with your values.
  • Discipline yourself with better time management and use your time more effectively. Set priorities.
  • Study in shorter blocks rather than long periods to keep yourself motivated.
  • Change your environment. Move away from that comfortable couch!
  • Set realistic goals with scheduling study hours.