Anti-Procrastination Tips

Posted by Aisha Asakzai on March 28, 2019

Academic Success | Student Life

The end of the school year is almost here and that means final assignments and exams are quickly approaching! It may be tempting to avoid the pressures of completing your assignments or studying early for your exams with so many distractions available at the tip of your fingers, but don’t worry, we know how to help! If you haven’t started studying, we’ve got some tips to share in today’s #YUBlog post that will help you be the most effective when you get going!

For your go-to guide for studying and assignment tips, check out the #YUBlog study and assignment guide.

Tip #1: Create a Detailed Timeline With Set Deadlines

Creating a timeline that details every task you need to complete with set deadlines can help keep you on track and stop you from being overwhelmed with the work you may have neglected. Part of the reason we procrastinate is because the task at hand seems too daunting. It’s a lot easier to get started on a project when you establish simple, attainable goals rather than a vague plan. Instead of telling yourself, “I’ll study biology tonight,” say, “I’ll study chapter six tonight.” Breaking down your work into a schedule with more frequent, smaller deadlines can help keep you motivated to follow your timeline.. Organize your work load into smaller tasks spread out throughout the week and it will make larger assignments or readings easier to complete.

For more tips on how to organize your time, check out our previous
#YUBlog post, “Time Management Tips for York U Students”.

Tip #2: Find the Perfect Study Space

It is important to find a space where you feel comfortable and motivated to start your work. While an ideal study spot is unique to everyone, it is typically best to find a spot where you won’t be surrounded by noise and other people so that you can keep yourself focused on your work rather than your surroundings. Keep the space clean and remove any possible distractions. If you are looking for a study spot on campus, we’ve got you covered! Our previous #YUBlog post can provide you with our five favourite study spots on Keele campus. Alternatively,  sometimes a change of space can help motivate you. It doesn’t need to be a big change, but maybe you can read this chapter at Starbucks if you normally study at home.

Check out our previous #YUBlog post for tips on organizing your notes!

Tip #3: Minimize Distractions

It’s important to silence or put away all potential disruptions before you begin working so you don’t get sidetracked while you’re studying. If you tend to spend too much time on your phone when you should be studying, then turn it off so that you won’t be tempted by notifications or sounds that often obstruct you from getting your work completed.

Success Tip: Many smart phones offer a new option in settings where you can limit time spent on specific apps. There are also many apps you can install that limit screen time.

Tip #4: Use Incentives

Everyone likes rewards, so treat yourself! Create an incentive schedule where you work for an hour and then take a twenty-minute phone break. You can also reward yourself by having a snack break or going on a walk to clear your head (for yummy snack ideas, check out our Valentines Day Treats on a Budget post– whether it’s V-day or not, you deserve a sweet reward for all your hard work!). This can help keep you motivated to get through the hour so that you can finally get back on your phone. It’s easier to pay attention when something is at stake. 

Use the Library Room Booking System to book a group study room for you and your colleagues!

Tip #4: Find a Study Buddy

It’s easy to forget about assignments or put them off if you’re the only person holding yourself accountable. Studying with a friend can help you stay on task and give you another person to hold you responsible. Being surrounded by hardworking energy is encouraging for everyone, no matter who you are, and will inspire you to also stay focused and driven. Also, working with another person can make the process of getting your tasks completed less dull. Not to mention you’ll probably be helping them too!

With these tips, you can take a step towards finishing your work effectively. Trust in your ability to work hard and encourage yourself every step of the way when doing your work. One of the best things to be is your own biggest fan and cheerleader. Stay positive and keep in mind that you are more than capable of completing all the tasks on your list. Good luck!

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