A Few Tips To Fight Procrastination

3 min read Procrastination has been the bane of existence for any college student. Here are some tips to help with fighting it.

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By Michael Aaron Coopersmith | mcoopersmith@radford.edu

Procrastination is one of the hardest things to fight off while a college student. I have dealt with procrastination’s adverse effects: staying up at ungodly hours to complete work that I could have just completed during the day.

The worst part of this nasty habit is that it only grows into a bigger problem if it’s not addressed.

The first step to fighting procrastination is to recognize that you or someone you know is a procrastinator. I know this sounds like a cheesy first step, but we must take it on to become a more efficient person.

The first step to fighting procrastination is to recognize that you or someone you know is a procrastinator.

Recognize the problem inside the psyche and recognize that procrastination can hurt others that might depend on you or someone you know, be it working in groups, clubs, or even an on-campus job. 

It’s almost like being an uncoordinated gear in a clock. If someone moves at a different pace, they are only hurting the group’s progression.

With this recognition and acceptance that you or some you know is a procrastinator, we come to how we can begin to fight off the growing problem of procrastination.

Time mismanagement is one of the crucial things that leads to procrastination. It’s usually due to not writing what has to be done down on a piece of paper or into an organizational tool like Google Calendar or an agenda.

Making a list of what needs to be done can help in two-fold: having it written down and visualizing how long an objective will take, dictating each task’s amount of time. By putting it in the head, we can better understand what we have to do.

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After completing this visualization and creating a list about how long a task will take. It comes down to the most challenging part for any procrastinator … doing what’s been written down.

With better time management and taking time to figure out what has to be done and what will take longer, one can dedicate time more efficiently by knocking out the smaller things on the list before the more challenging tasks come to the surface.

The best piece of advice that I can give is taking each thing on the written list one step at a time.The procrastinator is usually plagued with having to do everything in one great big rush, generally due to last-minute urgency.

Usually, setting time is an excellent way to keep on task, and slowly condition the brain to work with time instead of rushing against it.

Because time is technically infinite (being all relative), we, as humans, have such little time on this earth. Yet, we still chose to put off important things within a day, leading us to a fight against time, a force that ever marches forward.

We need to take a step back and look at what we have to do, collect ourselves, and then act within a plan we set with small conditioning practices to keep us going.

In “no time,” the tasks will be done with, and usually, there is a great feeling of satisfaction. “Procrastination is the thief of time,” a proverbial quote Edward Young, an English poet and dramatist, once said.