Time Management

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

  1. Prioritize tasks in order of importance.
  2. Commit yourself to completing a task once started, and reward yourself once complete.
  3. Complete tasks during the time of day that you are most alert.
  4. Break large tasks into smaller, more manageable parts.
  5. Join a study group.
  6. Make a schedule for completing tasks.
  7. Set reasonable standards for completing a task
  8. Take breaks to refresh your mind.
  9. Tackle difficult or unpleasant tasks first.
  10. Work in a quiet place without distractions.