Due Dates Are Closer than You Think: Beating Procrastination

You just finished your morning classes and are home before noon. Relaxing on your bed you take some time to scroll through your social media feeds and ignore the Canvas notifications coming through the top of your screen. When it’s late evening and starting to get dark outside you motivate yourself to go to the gym for about an hour. Getting back to your apartment you begin a nice long hot shower. The suitemate in the next room hears you frantically gasp and turn off the shower. Running over to your computer you open it and begin typing. It’s 11:27pm and that research paper is due at 11:55pm.

Organization

Notebook

It’s important to know what assignments are coming up so you can work on them ahead of time. It’s very worthwhile to invest in an agenda or some type of paper planner. You can bring it to class with you and jot down notes during class. If you’re not one to keep notebooks you could also use a calendar app on your phone. Google Calendar syncs across devices and is free to use.

Scheduling

Calendar

Now that you know what you need to do, it’s time to complete those assignments. Set times where you want to work on different topics. Be careful not to schedule too much or you won’t want to start. Instead of studying Anatomy and Physiology, pick just one area like the axial skeleton.

Distractions

Stay Focused sign

It’s easy to say, “don’t get distracted”, but to actually turn your phone off requires commitment. Once Snapchat isn’t sending you notifications, you’ll be able to focus better. If you have roommates or siblings that are loud you can also turn on some classical music or white noise. If you’re not opposed to relocating, the nearby coffee shop or AHU’s library are nice, quiet places to get work done.

Manage your energy

Sleeping dog

To make sure you’re submitting your best effort, take care to work when you are feeling good. If you are overly tired or stressed out, get some rest and come back with a clear mindset. Your work will show a noticeable difference when you’re in a better state of mind.

We hope these simple tips can help you out with procrastination. If you have any questions or want to suggest other study tip topics for us to cover, reach out to lisa.esser@ahu.edu.

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