Procrastination is defined as putting off or avoiding a task that must be done. Excessive procrastination can result in guilty feelings, anxiety, and poor performance on the task.
Reasons for Procrastination
Procrastination – A student’s standard of performance is so high that it seems impossible to complete the task.
Fear or Failure – Fear or lack of confidence prevents a student from successfully accomplishing a task.
Confusion – A student is unsure about how a task should be completed.
Task Difficulty – A task is too difficult or a student lacks the ability to complete the task.
Poor Motivation – A student has little or no interest in the task.
Difficulty Concentrating – Distractions prevent a student from completing the task.
Lack of Priorities – A student cannot determine which tasks are most important.
Tips for Overcoming Procrastination
- Prioritize tasks in order of importance.
- Commit yourself to completing a task once started, and reward yourself once complete.
- Complete tasks during the time of day that you are most alert.
- Break large tasks into smaller, more manageable parts.
- Join a study group.
- Make a schedule for completing tasks.
- Set reasonable standards for completing a task
- Take breaks to refresh your mind.
- Tackle difficult or unpleasant tasks first.
- Work in a quiet place without distractions.