Top Ten Tips to Overcome Procrastination from Resource Outreach
- Know that procrastination is another word for perfectionism. Only Jesus Christ is perfect. You are not perfect, and your work will not be perfect. Your goal is work completion.
- Time management is critical. List the tasks you need to complete by end of day and give each a realistic time limit. Look for open times in your day’s schedule, and insert tasks.
- Value progress toward work completion. Example: You completed one of four tasks. You are 25% done with your day’s work!
- Complete the easiest tasks first. It feels good to see the % of completed work getting closer to 100.
- Know when to ask for help. If you do not understand material, it is more productive to email a teacher and ask for tutoring, than to get frustrated and waste time.
- Work in a productive pattern. Suggested: 45 minutes on task/15 minutes off task.
- Work toward “productive” breaks. Consider taking a power nap – as few as 15 minutes of napping increases memory retention and renews focus.
- Work toward a reward. What will you do when your work is complete?
- Change your self-talk. From: “I am so stressed out because I have too much work, and I don’t know where to begin!” To: “I feel in control because I have a starting point for my work and a plan to get all my work completed.”
- “There are a thousand excuses for failure but never a good reason.”-Mark Twain – Be reasonable. You are capable, and your work is manageable.
YOU will succeed!
If you are not succeeding, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Room 314.
Educational Achievement Specialist