To be sincere, each of us procrastinated at least once in life, and there can be a bunch of reasons for that; ineffective use of time, not planning beforehand, a habit to put off tasks, etc. But the worst is that the habit can become a chronic problem.People procrastinate just because they let the low-priority tasks get in the way of high-priority tasks, thus putting aside writing a project or an assignment until the last minute. The illusion of having a lot of time prevents us from starting doing the things in time and on time.
First of all, manage your time effectively. Time management is not only a fashionable word-combination, it is a control over your time and index of your productivity. Plan your daily, weekly and even monthly activities in advance. It is useful to have a printed out visual schedule template hanging over your working table. Though, creating a to-do list is considered to be an old-fashioned way, check on each item on your list. So you will be always aware of assignments or projects due date.
Another useful tip to meet a deadline is setting a goal. Sometimes there is a temptation to shelve a business for tomorrow, as a famous American entrepreneur, businessman, author and founder of several successful companies Stephen Key (2013) hypothesizes occasionally troubles and barriers cannot be avoided, we may never know when and where they are coming from. It is better not to put aside doing important things. As a Spanish proverb says “tomorrow is the busiest day of the week”. Establish a goal to tackle the matter and bring it to an end.
To complete the task successfully some students need an intrinsic motivation, it can be a high grade, a possibility of having more free time after finishing the assignment on time or a satisfaction which comes after the achievement of a difficult task. Choose your inspiration and go ahead!
Be grateful to yourself when you finish the task. Make yourself small rewards like a bar of chocolate, a good movie or take a walk outside breathing some fresh air.
As a student how do you struggle with procrastination?
What are your strategies to meet the deadlines?
Key., S. (2013). 5 Tips to Never Miss a Deadline. Retrieved from http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230462