We all get plagued by procrastination from time to time. In fact, some of us would even say it’s our middle name. Many of us even claim to put the ‘pro’ in procrastinate! Long story short, college and procrastination basically go hand-in-hand. So, how do you fend off this unfavorable habit? We’re offering our best tips below — just in time for finals week!
Study with textbooks or paper.
Laptops and tablets certainly have their perks, but stick to your textbook or print out your study materials if you can. That way, you can be sure you won’t fall down that rabbit hole of taking BuzzFeed quizzes and browsing Reddit!
If you do use your laptop, download this Chrome extension.
Sometimes you need your laptop for studying, but you can still block out those sites that feed your procrastination. We always recommend downloading Strict Workflow. It enforces a distraction-free work environment by temporarily disabling the sites that distract you most.
And temporarily block the apps on your phone, while you’re at it.
You may have blocked those distracting sites on your laptop, but who’s going to stop you from picking up your phone and checking Snapchat? Well, that’s where Freedom comes in. Download the app and block out all of those social media platforms you always find yourself scrolling through during your study sessions.
Get together with a study group.
It’s unnervingly easy to tell yourself “I’ll do it later,” but that type of attitude just doesn’t work when you’ve got a group study session scheduled. Having a few extra heads around also makes it easier to stay on track . You’re not going to start watching puppy videos when the rest of the group is discussing the Scientific Method, are you?
Sit at a desk.
Your environment makes a big difference! Sitting at a desk is a reminder that it’s time to get down to business. If you can, opt for a desk in the library rather than the one in your dorm room. Less distractions, more studying.
Create study goals.
Creating goals not only gives you a boost of motivation, but it also forces you to find practical ways to achieve them. Do you ever feel so dreaded by the sheer amount of work you have that you end up avoiding it altogether? Rather than feeling overwhelmed by those 10 whole chapters you still need to study, you can create a goal that calls for studying only two chapters a day over the course of five days. You won’t avoid tackling your responsibilities as much if they seem less aggressive!
Plan for breaks as well.
When you know you’ll have a break where you can catch up on Instagram, it’s easier talking yourself out of doing so now. Plus, giving yourself regular study breaks helps you avoid that awful stress and burnout. When stress is high, you’re more likely to put off your responsibilities.
We’re always looking for more ways to beat procrastination. Share some of your own ideas in the comments below!