Studying is hard enough without having to do it at home. As some dramatic people would put it, procrastinating is the action of ruining your life for no apparent reason?
Drama aside, at some point or other, you are going to find yourself at home, with the arduous task of having to learn. Maybe you’re trying to get an online college degree or acquire a new skill that will give you a leg up in your career.
Whatever the reason, procrastination is going to be one of your biggest problems. At home, school ambiance is missing, and as such, nothing propels you to study. There are no faces hunched over books to remind you of that exam you have a few weeks from now.
We procrastinate because:
- The task is not fun;
- Fear may be a factor sometimes;
- Feelings of being overwhelmed can sidetrack you.
With willpower and some tips to manage your time, you’ll be getting assignments done in no time.
Get Your “Things” Together
Organization is one way to create structure in the form of schedules, and with repetition, studying won’t feel like such a task anymore. Invest in a planner or use a calendar app. You can track due dates and essential assignments to know how to complete them.
Set Simple Goals You Can Achieve
We sometimes procrastinate because we tend to think that the tasks we have to do, are going to be hard. It is easier to break down a task into portions that you can tackle in a sitting. Avoid vagueness in defining the tasks. Specify the task you have set for yourself to make it less intimidating and attainable.
Use A Timeline Or Schedule
There’s a thing called the Pomodoro technique. The concept is all about assigning some time for work and then time for breaks. It would help if you were disciplined enough not to be distracted by your phone or anything else. You start with small portions, like 30 minutes and then 10-minute breaks.
You stretch, get some snacks, maybe move around before sitting back down, and doing it all over again. Check out available Pomodoro apps and use them to get started on this technique.
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Set A Deadline
It is not just enough to set a deadline. What’s even more critical is honoring that deadline. It is important to have dates and times to help you understand what needs to be done, when it needs to be done and how you can beat your deadline. Aim to do your work before the due date. That way, if something else interrupts you, you will still have some extra time to complete your work.
Rid Yourself Of Distractions
A lot of the time, it’s the distractions that get us. They inveigle their way into our minds, and pretty soon, we are on the phone for like an hour while the work sits undone. If you are spending a lot of time on your phone, consider shutting it off. All the way off.
If you would like to listen to music to concentrate, make it something like classical music. The latest Billboard Hot 100 playlist won’t do. You can’t dance to Beethoven.
Use Breaks And Incentives
Reward yourself for when you get things done. Use breaks and other incentives like an hour of your favorite show. This will reinforce in your mind that good things come to those who accomplish something.
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An episode of your favorite is more fun and enjoyable when you earn it. I mean, you could watch it, but it is more delightful to work for it.
Practice, as always, makes perfect. Take small bites and work your way up.
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