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Procrastination

WHY DO WE PROCRASTINATE?

  • To gain attention
  • To feel powerful
  • To avoid unpleasant or difficult tasks
  • Because we fear failure
  • Because we fear success
  • We are overloaded or overextended
  • We are perfectionists
  • We need the "rush" of last-minute pressure

GET TO THE ROOTS OF THE PROBLEM

  • Why do you procrastinate?
  • When do you procrastinate? (Time of day? Day of the week?)
  • With what types of tasks are you more likely to procrastinate?
  • What are the benefits of procrastinating?
  • What are the dangers of procrastinating?
  • Who do you procrastinate with or for or because of?
  • What tactics do you use to avoid or postpone work?

DEALING WITH PROCRASTINATION:

  • Create a plan to reduce, control, and eliminate procrastination.
  • Base this plan on the answers to the above questions.
  • Attempt to reduce procrastination and slowly work toward eliminating it entirely.

Set a goal – Make this something specific, such as “I’ll do my reading before I watch TV.” Write it on a to-do list (checking things off is very satisfying). Start slowly and be realistic.

Check your progress – Are you keeping up with assignments? Are you prepared for exams without cramming? Are your papers done without extensions? Do you have time for both academics and a social life?

Get support – Touch base once in a while with a friend, tutor, mentor, advisor, professor—someone who can offer support and encouragement.

Give yourself rewards – A light at the end of the tunnel helps to keep you moving forward.

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” ~William James