So I’ve been procrastinating like a pro since high school, now I’m in college and still procrastinating like a pro. I’m pretty fed up with the constant stressed out feeling that lingers when I procrastinate. I’m looking for some Proactive individuals who can help me out with this problem I have and what you do to stay on top of things.
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It’s just a habit, all it takes for you to break it is to convince yourself that it’s not your habit. There are so many ways to do this, and a combination is the best. It’s like you have this momentum working against you at first, but soon it turns and everything becomes easy, that’s how habits work.
The first habit breaking action is logical and obvious: Don’t procrastinate, everytime you do something when you feel like procrastinating you’re telling your mind “this is what you should be doing” just like how in the past you told it to procrastinate. You’re stepping in like a man and stopping the snowball right on, and push it back in the other direction, building momentum to your favor.
The second one is through thought. Not as powerful in the moment of use, but since you can do it anytime it’s very powerful. Every day when you wake up tell yourself “I will NOT procrastinate today.” Every time you do procrastinate, tell yourself “This is ridiculous, I don’t procrastinate.” Each night you go to bed, tell yourself “Today I didn’t procrastinate, I’m awesome” and “I won’t procrastinate tomorrow.” This shit works, and pretty fast too with consistency, once the habit has changed you no longer need to do the self talk. This is used to multiply the influence of your actions on your mindset, thought alone won’t change your habit if you keep proving to yourself through your actions that you do procrastinate.
You choose to procrastinate, stop choosing it. Choose to do shit, and shit will be done. It’s that simple, there are no magic pills. Just stop procrastinating.
I agree with the idea to see yourself as someone who is not a procrastinator. There’s a book my Maxwell Maltz, Psycho-Cybernetics, and there’s a couple of bloggers who have tried the idea (including HE, in the article about turning into a superman). This is super pleasant to apply to tackle procrastination out of all ways I’ve ever tried. Its so interesting to experience and continuously try that it becomes something to look forward to (rather than dreading… and procrastinating trying to end procrastination…. uhhm) and is instantly effective.
Also, maybe you’re not interested in what you are learning? Maybe you need to find your twist in it again and go after it in a certain way that you will be eager to even start?
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Procrastination can work in high school, but absolutely murders you in college. I failed my first class ever last semester because I procrastinated too much. This year i’m trying to catch it early, but already I feel myself slipping back in. Hell, i’m procrastinating right now.
One thing that helps me is to do small bits of work at a time, say, in ten minute intervals. In between, you get a small break, but for those ten minutes work like a madman, shutting off anything that could be distracting.
Often, starting something is the hardest part. Once you get going it becomes considerably easier.
May I ask what you are studying in college?
Completely agree with Manimal. It’s ultimately a choice that you are making. You have to become conscious of the fact that you are choosing to procrastinate. I’ve found that once I’m conscious of what I’m doing then
I choose to stop. If I choose to not think about it consciously, that’s when I find chunks of my day disappearing and me wondering where it went.
Distractions are what get me… which is why I don’t study well at home. I’ll find myself re-organizing the bathroom closet, going through old clothes, doing yard work… anything I can find.. my mind would “rather” do it seems. Go to the library–go where there aren’t any distractions. That’s about all that works for me.. Good luck :)
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i agree Em, I’ll do ANYTHING but what I need to do. I’d get motivation for tearing down a house and rebuilding it before doing what it is I need to do (but don’t want to do) for crying out loud! lord help me.
also like CP said I procrastinate the ending of the procrastination.. not a good mix lol.
try making a study group! maybe if you know theres a certain time every day or so that you need to be somewhere studying, then you’ll actually do your work. easier said than done, but its worth a try :)
I’ve found that it helps to find out what helps me concentrate better. Reading without music, studying in a library instead of my room, sitting in a chair instead of lying down, making sure I’m not hungry when I study, etc. Having something to drink by my computer when I write a paper (coffee, juice, tea, water, etc.) helps me to take a 5 second break from writing/reading to regroup and gives me an excuse to take a deep breath and look around before getting back in it. Also keeps me hydrated and with a ready supply of caffeine (sometimes), which tends to lessen headaches/fatigue.
The tips so far are great, and first and foremost, try everything and see what works best for you. When I was in school and I didn’t want to be miserable about procrastination guilt, and that ever nagging stressed out feeling, I either sucked it up and did the paper or project the first chance I got, and I could be happy and carefree for the rest of the time, or I made a clear decision to pull an all-nighter the night before and get it all done in crunch time, understanding I would be sleepy the next day. If you are gonna procrastinate, commit with confidence. Understand the consequences.
As far as studying for a final, a little bit a day goes a long way, and it helps to not burn out.
Environment plays a huge role in how much I get done. I’ve tried to convince myself that I can get work done in my room but with a bed behind me, it’s too easy to just lay down and close my eyes. Solution. I force myself to go the library.
I’ve been realizing this too. Not nessicarily that I procrastinate (I don’t have much I HAVE to do…) but that I waste alot of time (mostly cruising the internet….).
But I found a solution! Or so I hope… I found a program called LeechBlocker, and you can choose to block certain websites, or limit time on them. It is an extension for firefox.
However, I use google chrome, so I kept looking, and found StayFocused. I just started using it now. Basically (from what I can tell) is you set a time limit, then choose what sites to limit (Facebook, youtube, HE…) and then after that time, the site blocks.
So if you waste time on the internet, hopefully that can help you.
I found that making lists helps we get stuff done. I love being able to see everything I have to do, and being able to tick the things off once they are done.