Procrastination wastes hours of your time. What is technically a one hour task could take you several hours if you procrastinate. For students, procrastination turns into cramming when it’s time to study for an exam. This type of studying reduces the chance that you’ll remember the information long-term, and it can be difficult to score well on exams. If you find yourself procrastinating too much, here are ten tips to stop now.
1. Find a Quiet Place
Distractions often lead to procrastination. TV, music, computers and smartphones can all distract you enough to where you’ve procrastinated for hours. When it’s time to concentrate, find a quiet place without the standard distractions unless they are there to help you study.
2. Eat a Good Meal
One common symptom of starvation is the inability to concentrate. A good meal is important when you need to concentrate and focus on a single task. A healthy breakfast is one of the best meals you can give yourself to help focus on studying either in the morning or the afternoon.
3. Set Your Goals
Goals will help you focus on finishing before allowing distractions to draw your attention. If you need to, break up your goals into smaller tasks and each time to finish give yourself a break. Some people need breaks every 30 minutes or an hour. Don’t be ashamed to give yourself breaks if you need them.
4. Sleep Well
Sleep is the brain’s way of refueling and healing. Like starvation, when you lack sleep your brain is unable to focus. Your health is also dependent on good sleep habits. When you need to focus and avoid procrastination, get a good night’s sleep and you’ll be able to retain information and focus on your reading material much easier.
5. Study with a Partner
It’s hard to self-motivate yourself when you are the only one responsible for any particular task. With a partner, you probably set up a scheduled appointment. Your partner can help give you that extra push towards keeping your commitments rather than procrastinate until later.
6. Schedule a Time
Scheduling a time for studying or any other task will provide you with a set point in the day when it’s time to start. This will give you the ability to relax until you’re ready to go. It also lets you relax until your scheduled “appointment.”
7. Set a Timeline for Completion
By setting a timeline for yourself, you carve out a spot in your day to achieve goals. With a scheduled timeline and a set amount of goals, it’s easier to finish studying instead of procrastinating until a later time of the day.
8. Break Goals into Smaller Parts
Unreasonable goals cause more procrastination, because you subconsciously know that you can’t achieve them. Break your goals into smaller parts and finish each component in the scheduled amount of time. This will give yourself a reasonable set of goals that can be finished during your time line.
9. Reward Yourself
After you finish your goals, reward yourself with something that you can appreciate. This can be anything from eating your favorite meal, spending time at your favorite vacation spot, or just relaxing in front of the TV.
10. Keep Stress Levels Low
Focusing is much more difficult when you’re stressed. Schedule study time when you’re the least stressed. For instance, weekends might be the best time for you since you don’t need to go to work.
You don’t have to let procrastination get the best of you. Use these tips to focus and get your goals finished early, so you can enjoy the rest of your day.