In my opinion, the number one issue students deal with on a daily basis is procrastination. Procrastination is a result of poor time management and laziness, and it creeps up on everyone at some point or another. So, how do we deal with this?
According to Dealing With Procrastination, there are a number of things you can do to avoid procrastinating. Here are a few of the suggestions from the article:
1.) Set realistic goals. This is really important because I know I personally will try to do too many things at once, get burnt out and give up on doing everything altogether. Try to focus on one thing at a time rather than starting multiple things and not finish any of them.
2.) Don’t get stuck in one task for too long. Mix up what you’re doing! Study for two hours, take a break, study a different subject, take a break and so forth. This routine will help keep your mind awake and provide endurance to push through a tough day ahead.
3.) Schedule in your down time or relaxation time. Even if you can only fit in a 20-minute power nap, it is important to allow your body to rest. A lack of relaxation will only contribute to stress and grumpiness.
4.) Make a list of your priorities. I write down my school and work schedule first. Then, I look at the empty blocks of time to see when I can do homework or go to the gym. In this particular article, it suggests to rate your activities in numerical order, giving the most time to the number one and number two activities. The article also says to consider eliminating your last two activities from your schedule. This will not only allow you to allocate more time to your more important activities, but having less tasks on your schedule will lower your stress level.