Everyone procrastinates to one degree or another: Why?
Lack of interest…rebellion…fear of being evaluated…uncertainty about the assignment…perfectionism…fear of unknown…not yet ready for the task…don’t know how to begin…false sense of security and optimism (I have plenty of time)…
- Task feels too difficult, or we don’t know where or how to get started
- Task feels time consuming and requires large blocks of time (You don’t have that)
- Lack of perceived knowledge or skills
- Fear of being evaluated by self or others
- Perfectionism; This assignment will take volumes of energy (that I don’t have)
- Low frustration tolerance
So, what to do?
- Honestly evaluate the reasons for your procrastination.
- Expose those intentional reasons for avoiding work. Once you name them, you can see them from a different perspective. Are the reasons rational or irrational?
- Gain an understanding of what is required (time/energy) to complete the task on time.
- Challenge thoughts that take you away from the task at hand (these are stalling tactics). Devote energy only to moving forward.
- Make a choice by deciding (reasonably and honestly) exactly what you are willing (and unwilling) to do in this moment. Find an optimal return on your time/energy investment.
What will this look like?
- Begin anywhere. Start with what interests you.
- Ask questions (professor, classmate, tutor, peer mentor) to gain more understanding.
- Work for 5 minutes only…You may find you take it further. Celebrate the time spent.
- Spend no more than 20 minutes learning new material (See “35 minute study strategy”)
- Distribute – A little, every day.
- Develop a Growth Mindset.
- Remember your past successes.
- Seek counseling or AAESS support.