Life Hacks: Procrastination is the Problem

Category:  News
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 at 9:53 PM

One of the biggest complications any student faces in college is the art of procrastination. It’s contagious, yet deadly.

First, it starts pretty subtly. Let’s say you’re in your room listening to music. In the back of your head you’re reminded of an eight page research paper you have to finish that’s due by midnight. You’re only up to page two. Here it is 4 p.m. and you’re watching television. But no big deal you’ll start back at it around 6 p.m. to pace yourself to work on the remaining pages. Next thing you know, its 11 p.m. and you’re only on page three. It’s crunch time. But this could have all been avoided if you had chosen to not procrastinate.

Procrastination is not your friend. It’s your enemy. It laughs at you when you are too preoccupied with something of little value, compared to the priorities lined up in your daily schedule. However, there is a bright side to this dreadful stigma; it’s called prioritizing.

The first step to take is admittance. Many people to do not like to address they have a problem with something because it shows a general sign of weakness in a specific area. If you care about your wellbeing enough, you will have no problem with learning how to overcome any obstacle in life. If procrastination happens to be a weakened area for you, do not feel ashamed. Furthermore, do not neglect it.

Procrastination is reminding yourself to get something done and simply rejecting the task after the “I don’t feel like it” attitude has set in or the “I’ll get to it later” has crept upon you. In all seriousness, if you have time on your hands to get a task done do not put it off due to active laziness.

One way to overcome this dilemma is by setting daily goals. If you know you have a hundred and one things to get done, make a list and stick to it. Research proves this helps to keep one motivated, particularly when it comes time to check off your accomplishments. When you get into this habit it’ll become second nature to you.

Give your work full undivided attention — put your phone down, turn the television off and get productive. It’s easy to get caught up in social media, especially when you’re linked to the most popular social networks out there. Understand the news on each site is not going anywhere. It’s still going to be there even hours after it has been posted. Even if it’s not, then obviously it wasn’t too important to begin with.

Reward yourself when you do complete a goal. If you had on your list to finish all your math homework in which you did so, treat yourself to that movie you’ve being burning to see for the past week. Little kickers like this may seem small, but it’s one way to keep you balanced and under stressed.

For more helpful tips on how to work around procrastinating, unstuck.com/ how-we-procrastinate.

Cheyenne Majeed is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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