This post was inspired by a friend of mine. You know who you are. 😉
Oh procrastination. The horrible trap that all of us have fallen in, sometime or another. I admit I am guilty on several accounts of giving in to procrastination. Actually, there have been times when I stayed up till the wee ours of the morning finishing homework. Before we dive in on how to conquer this savage and obnoxious monster, maybe we should understand why procrastination is not wise, and why it needs to stop.
Procrastination is bad because:
1. It could be the cause of lost sleep. It’s never good to loose sleep the day before a big test because you procrastinated in studying for it. Loss of sleep can also result in low concentration and eventually decreased health. And what’s more, every hour of sleep you get you loose IQ. So cramming for a test at midnight will probably be in vain, because half the stuff you won’t even remember.
2. Lots of things can be forgotten when you procrastinate. A lot of times, homework can be left uncompleted because you forgot to complete it. You were in such a rush, you didn’t have time to check back over it to make sure you did everything!
3. It puts more stress on you. To me there’s is almost nothing more stressful that having a big project that is due tomorrow and you have barely even started on it. That results in not-your-best-work work. Nobody likes to see the project that you slaved over all night long get a bad grade because the teacher felt like you didn’t put in enough effort!
So, is that reason enough for you? Procrastination’s favorite meal is time, and if you keep feeding him, sooner or later he will eat all of your time! It is no small feat to defeat him, however, I have a weapon that my nemesis procrastination absolutely hates. It is called a planner, and he cowers in fear when I have it around. Now, I will say this: planners do not work for everyone. My procrastination hates my planner, so it works for me. Because of this, I have not stayed up doing homework or projects in a long time.
Here are some ways that you can overcome procrastination
1. By using a planner
2. By using a schedule
3. By timing yourself on everything
4. By making a prioritized list
5. By not telling yourself “I will do it later.”
These tips will not only help you now, but in your future.