It’s the week of Thanksgiving. To most people this means preparing to eat as much as they can, getting ready to shop until they drop, and pretty much just relaxing and taking a break from their daily lives. To me, this means that the end of the school is quickly looming and I have to start worrying about final projects, exams and work piling up.
I am the opposite of a procrastinator. I start all of my projects the day I receive them. I am usually at least 10 minutes early to class. I have never finished an assignment the day it was due. I just hate the feeling of getting stressed out or knowing I am not doing my best. However, I wasn’t always like this. It wasn’t until I reached college that I realized how much more enjoyable life is when you’re not stressing about finishing everything that you had put off until later. I have a couple of tips to help people beat the end of the semester build up and break their bad procrastination habits:
- Stick to a schedule. When it comes to times like the end of the semester, things can quickly become overwhelming. All of the sudden you have unexpected assignments, huge final projects, and difficult final exams, all on top of all of your normal school work. Sometimes it can be hard to keep track of when everything is due and in what order it should be done. By physically writing down a work schedule, it becomes much easier to plan out how much time you will be giving to each assignment, what days you will work on them, and it will help you not postpone work longer than you should.
- Break tasks down. Breaking down tasks into smaller parts makes everything feel much less overwhelming. Have a paper to write? Start off by writing parts of it, as opposed to the whole thing in one sitting. Big test to study for? Study a couple of chapters and then move on to something else for a little while. By giving yourself smaller projects, it makes doing more daunting tasks much more doable.
- Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Just because you don’t have any work that you have to do that day, doesn’t mean you should put off working. Extra time is precious. Use this time to get a jump start on bigger assignments, study for tests, or just get finished earlier! Trust me, being totally finished with school early feels way more satisfying than stressing out because you put everything off until your last days of the semester.
I know that it is really hard to beat procrastination, but you can do it! And if you can’t, you can always marry rich.