Procrastination in school work

By Adebayo Oreoluwa Matilda 


Let's face it. Majority of students don't like to study, so we just do it so that we don't fail. Having this mindset makes us easy targets for procrastination. Sadly, this affects our grades in negatively but most of the time, we still can't help it.

A typical student can find the time to do everything else, except to open those study materials until examinations or tests are a second away. 

Procrastination by definition is the postponement of upcoming activities and many of us fall victims very easily. Fortunately, there are ways to get over procrastination and avoid unnecessary stress when deadlines approach. Some of them are:

Creating a designated workplace

A designated work place is a particular spot in your house or room dedicated to accomplishing specific tasks. Having a specific spot for reading helps.

It's best to find a spot comfortable enough for you to read and finish your other school work. But, try your best not to use your bed or your couch because these places are dedicated to relaxing and you might not get much done before you start dozing off.

Find your right learning technique

People learn differently. Some of us sit in the library and study for hours at a time while some of us use other methods some like the "Pomodoro" method which advises reading for a short period (usually between 20 to 30 minutes) can assimilate and take a short 5-minute break afterwards. This technique is supposed to make you more attentive and receptive given the many short study units. So it's best to try other different study techniques and see which best works for you.  For example, you might assimilate better if you study in the morning rather than the night and vice versa.

Take breaks

Taking breaks may sound anti productive, but they are actually really important. On one hand, they help to reflect on what you have studied, and on the other hand, they give you something to look forward to when reading or doing school work. You shouldn't feel bad about taking breaks because it's important to switch off your brain for a while and take a step away from your books, then come back later with a refreshed mind and focus.

Work through your productive phase of the day

Each of us goes through different phases in a day. There are phases when we're motivated and full of energy, but there are also phases when we would like to include an afternoon nap in our daily schedule. Find out when you are most productive and use these productivity phases to your advantage.

Study your body and understand exactly how it works. Find the few hours when you're usually the most active mentally and physically.

Also, avoid basing what time you operate best on the best time for your friends or people you know because they might not necessarily be the same. Some of us work better during the day, some, during night time and others at the break of dawn.

Reduce distractions

The less distraction, the more concentration you can develop.

We live in a very hectic world and are usually flooded with external stimuli. It’s easy to lose focus, especially when there are news constantly popping up on your screen, new videos to watch, and so many notifications to check out.

When trying to get things done, you should put away things that easily distract you such as your phones, laptops( except they're necessary for the work you're doing), television sets, etc. Trying to work with them might be difficult and you may waste your precious time in the process trying to find your focus, instead of studying.

Focus on your goal

Find your "why."

This means you setting out the reasons why you have to concentrate and why you have to study. What exactly do you want to achieve from studying? What are your goals, your dreams, your aspirations? How does your school work help with achieving them?

As students, we all have days where you lose focus on the end goal and wonder why you need to learn the next, seemingly unnecessary, PowerPoint Presentation by heart. But when you remember what you're doing all of it for it becomes a bit easier to attend to.


Attend to the heavy tasks first

There is a man named Mark Twain who once said "eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

So do the task that seems the biggest and hardest to you in the morning, then you won’t have it buzzing around in your head and can concentrate on the next task with a clear conscience. It also serves as a huge stress reliever because doing that takes the largest load off your shoulders.






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