According to Webster’s Dictionary:
verb pro·cras·ti·nate \prə-ˈkras-tə-ˌnāt, prō-\
: to be slow or late about doing something that should be done: to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.
: to put off intentionally and habitually
: to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done
Procrastinating is something that many college students tend to struggle with. I can admit that I am quite the procrastinator sometimes. I either have all of my work completed three weeks ahead of time or the complete opposite, where I am waiting until the last minute. Nothing is worse than rushing to finish the last paragraph of a paper an hour before class.
This semester I have really been working on setting goals for myself, both short term and long term – beating procrastination is one of them. The bad thing about procrastination is that it doesn’t just have to be with homework; there are many other aspects of your life where procrastination can come into play. I am always successful with completing a task, whether it is dealing with my academics, work, extracurricular obligations, etc. but I know that the majority of the time, I am waiting until the last minute to do so. There is a big weight lifted off of your shoulders when finishing a task early. I believe that the earlier you complete it, the better you feel. That is something I want to stress and really change in my life.
Here are some tips that I have created for myself to beat procrastination that I would like to share with you:
- Make sure you are using your planner to its full extent – FILL IT UP! Don’t hesitate to fill your week up with assignments that are due, meeting times, and little reminders. Personally, writing things down is a great way to remember what I have to do. I also make sure that I have all of the assignments and due dates for each of my class penciled in… you can easily look at your syllabus to find out that information.
- Lists are your friend – from to do lists to shopping lists, you can never go wrong with creating additional lists. I like to create lists for what I have that week & on the same piece of paper I note things that are coming up in the following weeks I think are very important. I put that right into my planner, keeping myself organized. There are also to do lists and task manager apps that are great, especially if you are tech savvy!
- If you are not organized, think of fun ways to keep yourself and things in order. I love organization, if you need some words of wisdom – don’t hesitate to email me!
- Use your resources – reach out to an RA (we love to help), one of the three ACEs, the Office of Academic Support. Google Calendar is also available through your email, which you can conveniently hook up to your phone!
Ever since I have created these tips for myself, I have seen a drastic change in two specific areas of my life. I am less stressed, no longer worrying about what I have to complete, and I have a lot more free time. Free time is wonderful, especially being a busy college student, so the more free time I have the better!
I hope you have taken away something from this blog and maybe will create some of your own tips about how to stay on track!