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Fighting Procrastination

Success as a student can be undermined by procrastination. Procrastination can either be a habit, or simply just avoidance of something you don’t want to do. Students should identify which type of procrastination they are experiencing.

A very important aspect to overcome procrastination is to develop time management skills. Divide your homework assignments and projects into small, easy to manage sections. Then set about doing one at a time. Do not make them to hard to accomplish or too large that you become frustrated. When you accomplish each task, you will begin to feel a sense of motivation and accomplishment. And realize that that very first task is going to be the most difficult, because you actually have to act to start and complete it.

You’ve heard it said again and again: “Avoid distractions.” Gather all the supplies and equipment you need before you begin so you won’t be tempted to stop and watch television on the way to finding the dictionary. Turn off the telephone. Minimize the noise and lower the volume or completely turn off the music.

Be positive in the fact that you can complete the assignment. When battling procrastination, it is important to be self-motivated. Give yourself a pat on the back when you complete an assignment or even a section of that assignment. Examine your goals and evaluate whether you are attaining them. Positive thinking will let you succeed, because you believe you will.

Another way to help is to find a friend or family member that you can talk to and share these goals and their subsequent successes. Congratulations and inspiration from any outside source is positive in fighting procrastinations. These people can actually help you understand your weaknesses, as well as your strengths and can help identify your reasons procrastinating.

And remember your success in avoiding procrastinating. You sense of accomplishment will help in the future.

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