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Overcoming Procrastination: How to Stop Putting off Your Assignments and Get Them Done?

What do we know about ‘procrastination’?

Every now and then, our thoughts drift away and we get distracted from working. That is usually not a problem. However, if the distractions get in the way of our productivity and hinder our work, it becomes one. The deliberate postponement and avoidance of crucial activities despite knowing that doing so would have unfavourable effects are known as procrastination. However, procrastination is a problem that affects more people than we realise. It is an issue that interferes with productivity and increases pressure to finish tasks at a limited time before the stipulated deadline.

So why do we wait until the last minute to start a large project? Contrary to what some may think, it's not because a person is lazy, just doesn't want to complete the job, or has a poor work ethic. We frequently place more importance on the present moment than the future. As a result, we might put off doing schoolwork and other assignments until we absolutely have to. We have the ideal situation for a procrastination issue when we combine it with the fact that many of us detest the thought of doing coursework at home.

What causes us to procrastinate?

Procrastination is a common problem that affects many people, and it can be difficult to break the cycle of putting off tasks until the last minute. One way to combat procrastination is by identifying the underlying causes of the problem and addressing those head-on.Speaking of the causes, procrastination is a result of problems with motivation, confidence, and comprehension.

A few reasons are as follows:-

  • Lack of motivation
  • Low self-confidence
  • Fear of failure
  • Lack of understanding
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Perfectionism
  • Low energy levels
  • Poor organisation skill
How procrastination can affect us as learners?

Having discussed procrastination, we know with certainty that procrastination can damage our productivity and hinder our quality of work. We usually do not see how procrastination can have an impact on us as academic learners which can deteriorate schoolwork, grades, and even our overall health.

Some studies suggest that learners who procrastinate are more likely to experience higher levels of frustration, guilt, stress, low self-esteem and anxiety. Once the schoolwork, projects and assignments start increasing, learners who procrastinate and keep their tasks until the last moment are more likely to receive lower grades than their peers.

All of the discussed elements create a cycle of piling up schoolwork, low motivation and self-confidence. At a time when marks start to impact the post-secondary opportunities for learners, this can lead to a lot of extra stress and frustration.

How can we learn to avoid procrastinating?

Although breaking the patterns causing learners to procrastinate could require work, the following tips might prove to be helpful:

Divide the assignments into smaller tasks : Large tasks can feel overwhelming on the outset. However, breaking the assignment into smaller tasks will make it more manageable which will also enable us to manage our time better.

Make the project meaningful : Exploring ways to develop a project that is meaningful and relevant might help us connect it to our interests and motivate us to start. Making links between the project and our hobbies or a real-world scenario may make projects and schoolwork less tedious and more interactive.

Build up confidence : The fear of failure and not being able to live up to expectations may cause some of us to procrastinate. Boosting confidence by acknowledging our own efforts and past achievements can help us develop a more positive attitude toward projects, making it easier to get started.

Create a dedicated study space : Without a dedicated study area, we may get sidetracked by everything going on around us, which may easily result in procrastination. We can assign a spot in our home only to study and ensure that it is stocked with all the necessary supplies such as pencils, paper, and erasers.

Set clear goals : Majority of procrastination triggers include perfectionism and fear of failure, which can be challenging for many of us to overcome. We will be better able to manage expectations and keep track of our development if we create specific, attainable objectives. It is important to understand that it is normal to fail occasionally and to use it as a learning experience for the future.

Make a plan and stick to it : We should make a timetable and allot certain periods of time each day for "homework time" to do coursework. We should also sit down as soon as possible after receiving a larger project assignment to create a project plan of target we can adhere to and establish target milestones or due dates for smaller projects. With the assignment's components broken down, large undertakings will appear easier to accomplish.

In conclusion, procrastination is a pervasive issue that affects many people, particularly students. It can reduce productivity, raise feelings of anxiety and stress, and lead to low self-esteem, which can lead to poor grades and lost opportunities.

However, by recognising the root reasons for procrastination, we may take proactive measures to counteract it. Breaking down projects into smaller tasks, making the project relevant, increasing confidence, having a dedicated study place, setting clear goals, and making and sticking to a plan are all tactics that may assist us in avoiding procrastination. We can take charge of our learning and reach our maximum potential by applying these strategies.

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