Hey all! So, as a student one of the main things we ALWAYS have to struggle against is of course PROCRASTINATION. Oh comfortable, relaxing procrastination there is simply no better feeling than avoiding what you have to do. We all do it at some point in our lives. I thought I would look at ways to overcome procrastination and get down to business.
- The first and most important rule is a ‘little” procrastination can be a good thing. It can be a break or a way of getting procrastination out of your system. It might just be that jump start you need to get work going with a mind at ease.
- Another significant way of keeping procrastination at bay is to maintain proper time management. Proper management of time allows you to complete your necessary tasks while still ensuring that you get a chance to do some enjoyable activities and not put important deadlines in jeopardy. So, ensure to allot specific tasks for a specific timeframe and stick to it.
- Don’t just be a dreamer, be a doer! Don’t spend an enormous amount of time thinking about where you want to be and what you want to do. Don’t spend your life dreaming of everything you want or talking about what you intend to do. Just do it! Take action; take the steps to be where you want to be. Be a doer and spend all your time doing the things you want to do instead of dreaming about it.
- Find your inner creativity. Or, in other words, find ways of making the things that you have to do interesting. Develop creative ways of thinking of a situation, a problem or whatever task you are currently engaged in. Be creative in finding ways to make it seem interesting or even pleasant and less monotonous.
- There’s nothing like the relief of completing a task. Think about the relief you will feel for having completed a task, the kind of accomplished feeling knowing you stuck with it and was able to complete it. Furthermore, look at completing tasks as a chance to have some free time for rest and relaxation.
- Finally, be your own self motivator and challenger. Motivate and challenge yourself to finish tasks by a set deadline. Challenge yourself to finish a certain number of tasks in a day and push through. If you try to motivate yourself with some challenges you may be more likely to try to prove you can do something with in a certain timeframe.
These are just a few of the ideas I have to avoid procrastination as a distance learning student. If you have any of your own methods feel free to share them with me.