Definition of Procrastination:
Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Do you ever feel anxiety or fear about starting an assignment? Do you feel like you're not quite sure how to start the work, or perhaps do you just think that the assignment is 'boring'?
Be careful, if procrastination sets in you will likely feel more stressed, fearful, de-motivated, and worse about your work or even about yourself.
What should you do?
(1) Reflect on why you procrastinate - what is the real issue?
(2) Get motivated
(3) Learn time management skills
"For the most part our reasons for delaying and avoiding are rooted in fear and anxiety—about doing poorly, of not having control of our outcomes, of looking stupid, of having one’s sense of self or self-concept challenged. We avoid doing work to avoid our abilities being judged."
Ways to Help you Get Motivated:
(1) Set Realistic Goals
(2) Create a Study Plan
(3) Find What Engages you in your Class
(4) Remain Positive
(5) Reward yourself
(6) Forgive yourself
(7) Just get Started!
Understanding and Overcoming Procrastination, McGraw Centre for Teaching & Learning, Princeton University
Just do it, American Psychological Association
Consider this - procrastination often leads to:
"Students seem to remember the one time that maybe waiting until the last minute did pay off with a good grade, but they forget the other nine times when it didn't."
Source: Procrastination or 'Intentional Delay'?, American Psychological Association