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Eileen Young

Some of it's based on why you're not doing stuff - are you prioritizing one thing over another? Are you having problems prioritizing so that you don't feel like you can start on anything?

One thing that might help is getting a planner of some sort: I use daily to-do lists, but Habitica or one of those weekly calendars or a task list on your phone could all work really well. Sit down either daily or weekly and figure out what you absolutely need to get done that week and what you want to get done and what might be nice to get done, and break those into blocks of time you can devote to them.

Another thing that might help with motivation is to schedule yourself downtime and rewards: you need time off to recharge so you can be your best. My reward for getting up early is fancy tea, and my reward for getting everything I want accomplished in a day is an ice cream sandwich, but whether it's a 20-minute break for video games as a reward for two hours of studying or a pedicure for getting a week's worth of tasks done on schedule, rewards are important. You're human, and self-discipline isn't endless, and doesn't need to be.

Answered 5 months ago

Eileen Young
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Pamela Farah

I am the queen of procrastination! I definitely understand the struggle. It is a very tough habit to break. I know that when I have a very busy schedule (heavy workload in school, as well as holding a job) it helps me to draw out a huge schedule for myself. If you have a white board then that would be particularly useful in this situation. If not, just find a big piece of paper. I basically draw out a calendar for the duration of the semester/quarter, and I add important dates (i.e. assignment due dates, exams, etc.) that way each day I can refer to the schedule to see what is upcoming. This has helped a lot in the sense that it forces me to acknowledge upcoming tasks early on, rather than reminding myself of them last minute!

I try to set goals for myself as well; for example, "this weekend I need to complete such tasks as well as study for these two exams..." So I try to schedule/organize my time for the weekend (or any chunk of time) in the most efficient way so that I can get all of those tasks done. I will tell you that I hardly EVER stick to the plan!!! I always try to, but I inevitably take longer on some items than I had originally anticipated. Or maybe I happen to have more stamina/patience for a different subject than I had initially planned to tackle that day--and that's perfectly okay! Don't freak out if things don't go according to plan; you just have to form a new plan based on what you are experiencing/dealing with at the moment.

So I suppose the take home is to always do your best to come up with an effective plan, and stay organized/on top of the important dates/deadlines. Feel free to rearrange and re-plan as needed. Also, make sure that you take breaks! I have a tendency to get bogged down in certain study situations, and I sort of feel like I have to keep going no matter what because I am so overwhelmed. But trust me, when you hit a wall and you are no longer working efficiently, it's not worth it! You're essentially just wasting time due to your own stubbornness :). Hopefully you don't have this problem. Anyway, if you feel like you're no longer making progress, then get up--go for a walk, watch a show, do something that relaxes you for a bit--and then come back and try again.

I hope that this helps!
Best wishes,

Pamela

Answered 1 year ago

Pamela Farah
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Alicia Eng

Wow, you sound just like me! I am currently in college (junior) and sometimes, I find myself procrastinating. My freshman year was a year full of distractions: the freedom of living life on my own and making my own decisions. It took a little bit of time to come to the realization of why I am in school and how to be the best I can be at it. One thing that I have always told myself is this: "There is only one of me; be the best ME I can be." We are on this earth once, and whatever we do, we should always strive to do our best. One thing that I have done to motivate me is plan. Before each semester, I write down all my assignments from the syllabi into an agenda. Doing this helped me organize my week better and prepare for assignments. Did you play sports at all? Mastered a recipe? Or won an award? How great did you feel after? Pretty great, I'm guessing! I look at school like an award. Every class and assignment represents one step to achieving that award. The little things add up in the end. Becoming lazy (which most of us become every so often), may not seem detrimental at the time, but that time of laziness could be used for studying. To stop myself from procrastinating, I would go to the library and do homework in a quiet area with my phone on "do not disturb." I know researches say music doesn't help one to study, but throw on some instrumental music or classical music to ease the boredom. Make studying and doing assignments fun: grab a friend and make a rule to not talk for a certain amount of time. Take a 5 min break every 20-30 minutes. Once you finish school the way you want, you'll be extremely happy :)

Answered 1 year ago

Alicia Eng
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Paulette Allen

Great Question! Time management is often an issue for students. Treat your school like a job. Establish a schedule for studying, stay committed to the schedule, and outline the areas covered for the session. Place check marks beside those areas completed and maintain for records. Stay vigilant in your focus to accomplish your goals. Focus on the desired outcome and those career choices that are relevant to your successful completion of your studies.

Answered 1 year ago

Paulette Allen