It may happen that occasionally (or maybe all the time) you have work to do, but for whatever reason you leave it until the last minute. You told yourself “no more procrastination,” that this will be the last time. Yet, here you are again.
If you want to break this bad habit and get a little more productive, you should follow these tips.
Buy an agenda where you can write down all your due dates
You can also make your own calendar/bullet journal. The purpose of this is to see at a glance what is due when. If you see that for your class there is a test in a month, you can start planning your study times. It saves you from forgetting you have a test and studying at the last minute.
Break your work into small steps
If you have a history test over Chapters 6-10, you’ll probably try to study everything at once. It will make this task much more intimidating and you will put it off until a day or two before the test. However, studying on chapter a day instead will allow you to study content more thoroughly and even have time to ask the professor if any questions arise.
Set deadlines for different tasks
Plan ahead certain due dates for yourself prior to the official due date set by the professor. This will allow you to review your work and ensure you’ve done the best job possible. Along with that, it can make you more able in tracking your progress over time.
Change your environment
Everybody knows that your bed is probably not the best place to study. Maybe not even your own house, or dorm. There are many things you can get distracted by and can possibly result in not completing the task. Removing yourself from homely areas can ensure better focus to completing your assignment
Surround yourself with people who can inspire you
Find someone who is always focused on their work and keeps school a priority, chances are you can learn something from them. Try to get acquainted with them and let their good habits motivate you.
It’s important to study, but also to let your brain relax. You should study for an hour or so, and then take a 10-15-minute break. This will allow you to do other activities or eat a snack. By the time you get back to work, you will feel recharged.
Reward yourself by doing something you enjoy or eating your favorite food. College work is not easy but tackling it full force can make you feel accomplished. You will enjoy going out with your friends knowing that you aced that test.