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Maybe the ideas will come later.
I'm having a terrible time with procrastination. I have exams all this week and it's so hard to study I have papers I need to do too >__< Usually I can just get done and do things by making a list of everything I need to do, in order, but this week is just meh D:
Yeah and I understood you tried to keep away from MH because of exams... since... a year ago?
wow. That is a serious problem indeed
"night-before-exam" procrastination fails and i fail with it.
But on more difficult tasks e.g. projects, I would try to at least work on it little by little. I keep the files on my beloved computer, so whenever I got bored of checking the forums and when there's nothing to download, I can just always open the file and work on it, even though just a little bit.
It actually works, i think, if you have this whiteboard that you list all your tasks. It's better than on paper since it's kinda bigger, and you see it all the time (provided you put it in a strategic location).
If the list is too long and it overwhelms you or discourages you (like it usually does to me), what my friends and I do, we put progress bars next to it. Filling the bars depending on the percentage done. Somehow when you see that you've done a little percentage of everything on the list it motivates you to complete the progress boxes. ^^
I used to procrastinate a lot. Best solution is to put yourself through a test. Do you have the determination and constitution to finish the work? At that point I just do it. First step is always just sitting down and finding the first step. It get's easier along the way.
I usually go and check what grade i have in what subject, and when i see my grades are going down i start to procrastinate like i'm doing now. 15hours / weekend or something... 3hours procrastination then like 1hour of random lulz and so on...
Unplug the internet cable (or disable it if it's wireless). That usually helps me a lot.
but then you find other things to do like... play the piano or some other music instrument and stuff..
Been there lots of times baboy! If the net's are down and i got hw's to do or something. I usually sit down at the guitar for 5mins (i think) and then one and a half hour later it's like "oh shit!"..
I find it helps to take subjects you're interested in. Then reading the textbook is actually fun! Or cause I'm taking econs, I like reading blogs of famous economists to see if I understand what they're talking about (which I don't actually).
I just realized that this entire "study corner" could be closed with one simple advice on how to study:
suddenly i begin to realize that this disease have hit much more people than i thought.
we had a course in the university that should provide us some learning methods. what i have learned is that you must separate the place where you are learning and space where you are doing all the other stuff. if you have a computer right beside you than you will have problems to concentrate. if you don't need the computer for studying than go into another room.
well, the problem here is that the most people just have one place/room for everything, like me. it's difficult to separate. there are many methods and i don't have the time to write them all down (maybe i will someday). organize the study should help. you write notes for yourself what you need to study and you force yourself to work them through. if you don't have the will than nothing will work.
people can concentrate for about 20 minutes. than we start to think about everything but study. breaks are essential here. every 20 minutes a five minutes break. one 20 minutes break after few hours and one big (1-2 hours) break for dinner. go outside and breath fresh air. do some sports.
if you start to think about random things during the work, than just write them down and put them aside. you will know in your consciousness that you deal with them later. i have not tried this part myself though.
that are just a few things that were us told. i'm trying to find a method for learning myself. i must test a few methods to see if they work but you know, i think they are quite bugging and time-consuming. as you see i'm a lazy bastard. ^^
i try to force me through sheer will to study and it's not working quite well. you need a will made of adamantium. ^^ but you know that already. it's the fastest and safest method to learn but also the most difficult one, too.
i think i just try the will-thing...maybe it works. if not...than i have the learning methods though. peace and out from the study front.
Last edited by Belisar; January 18, 2009 at 06:46 AM.