Being a procrastinator sucks I've been trying to chage myself and the only solution I can think of is will power.
I usually take 7 minutes to reach the bus station and I used to left 5 minutes before the bus left and I allways had to run, Now I leave home 20 minutes before the time.
And i used to do homework late in the night and in the next day I couldn't wake up for ealier classes but now i do them as soon as I reach home. And School projects were done 3 days before deadline. As you see is all a matter of will power.
Oh and making a time table is pretty important a study callendar as well.
Last edited by BBB Banana; September 29, 2009 at 04:15 PM.
stress and depression are huge factors in procrastinating, so a counseling might be a good idea
I know that when it comes to studying I always found it easier to study by knowing what topics I needed to cover and then going down to the local starbucks. This way you don't have the opportunity to turn the TV on or surf the net or talk on the phone. Just go to the coffee shop (one that's not too busy) order a drink and sit there. The other important thing to do is you have to know how much you want to accomplish (ie set goals). I think that rewarding yourself for achieving your goal makes procrastination easier to manage. Every time you achieve your goal you should buy something for yourself or do something immediately after that makes you happy. I know after acheiving my study goals I'd go home eat something I like and watch a favorite show. Hope this helps...
Your teory is really good BP123 it's like training a dog lol but yeah that works really well. For me wining against procastination and finishing my school works make me really happy. Because after I make everything I can relax and be at ease.
If you want to improve your life then it’s tempting to want to add more. One problem with this may be that you don’t really have the time or energy to do more though. And so your efforts to improve become short-lived.
Adding more and more just creates more stress and anxiety. Removing clutter and activities, tasks and thoughts that are not so important frees up time and energy for you to do more of what you really want to do. And as the clutter in your outer world decreases the clutter in your inner world also has a tendency to decrease. This has the added benefit of making it easier to actually enjoy whatever you are doing even more while you are doing it.
Adding more thoughts and thinking things over for the 111:th time may create a sense of security. It’s also a good way to procrastinate and to avoid taking that leap you know you should take. And the more you think, the harder it gets to act. Perhaps because you want to keep that comforting sense of security and avoid the risk of wrecking that feeling.
Thinking has its place. It can help you plan a somewhat realistic route to your goal and help you avoid future pitfalls. Overthinking is however just a habit that will help you waste a lot of time. It’s more useful to replace that habit with the habit of just doing it.
Unfortunately, the only person who can you combat procrastination is yourself. Yeah, yeah, this sounds too pedestrian to listen, but that's the truth. All other persons can offer you pieces of advice but the integral part is whether you will those pieces of advice or not.
I'm not too sure if someone has mentioned this before, but you could try to get a few buddies to study together. They'll help keep you in check. Or if something in particular is a distraction, for example, your computer, then try not to be in the same location. That was what I did during my exam period last year ^^ But in the end, yes, you have to have the determination to do it. Just tell yourself, all it takes is just one action to be away from procrastination ^^
How to Combat Procrastination?
procrastinate more, one day you will get tired of procrastination then (i am still experimenting this theory, and hopefully will get a result soon)
Well, one thing is a method I found online called the 10*2 method. You work on something for 10 minutes, then take a break for 2 minutes. At the end of two minutes, work for 10 minutes of focused, undistracted work time. (and efficient.) Repeating this cycle will get you 10 minutes of free time and 50 minutes of work done per hour.
Don't worry I also procrastinate too, but not as much anymore because of this equalizing method I made up.(It's really simple.)
So today, I got assigned Current Events and Unit 3 on my Word Wise. ( You don't have to know what they are.)
I took 10 minutes to find how long it would take me to finish each of them.
Word Wise: 2 hours.
Current Events: LOL, show details:
So, it takes me about 1-2 hours to find and finish one current event. So (Lemme open up iCal real quick.)
So, I can do about 1 current event per week for 9 weeks. To make it easier for me, I can manage in on holidays. Since I have some holidays on the way, I'll do an extra current event on that day.
So, you see, procrastinating is mostly about managing your time wisely and motivating yourself. If you would like to know a bit about these two topics: Motivation Google Search, Managing Your Time Google Search.
Well, I hope that post helped you. If you need any help, please feel free to ask me!
Oh, and BTW, One Piece is epic!
Last edited by OneClash; January 08, 2011 at 01:26 AM.
Usually the problem is to start with something, isn't it?
I haven't been to school for a while as I finished abitur this year and will only start studying next summer semester, so I didn't have to bother with this question for a while, but I thought that some kind of "ritualisation" properly is most helpful.
For me this means: Just start off doing something totally different, which still interrupts me from what I did before, and has a fix time limit. Such as boiling water and make a tea. It's easier than to start off right with stuff like homework.
However, once the tea is done there's nothing I'ld be currently doing, so it's easier to start with homework at that point.
Just repeating it a couple of times, already makes it some kind of ritual. It's way easier to follow such a procedure than the usual "Ok, I'm currently reading, but when I'm done with this chapter I'll certainly start doing my homework.", because that never works for undisciplined people like myself
But I know what you mean, do a set of actions for long enough and your body will automatically form a routine. It's a pretty good idea. Worth trying.
I'm pretty sure that if you try NOT procrastinating for once and you'll see the benefits from it, you'll eventually stop doing that bad habit of yours.
For example, NOT procrastinating will mean more time to sleep, more time with your girl, etc. I think those are pretty good reasons enough for you to quit that inveterate habit.
I guess that's solvable. Once there is a certain bit of discipline (happens once in a while, even fur students) just prepare everything so there is no return for the next time
Unplug the cable is something to live by, seriously i should be working right now, Look at me!, I just can't help it.