Like many people, I was once a procrastinating high school student, and sometimes, the dwindling remnants of that illness still takes hold of me today. But, there’s good news: in the throes of my so-called illness, I tried many methods to stop or significantly decrease my procrastinating ways.
I know when I am about to procrastinate. You do too, but it may be subtle for you right now. You can feel yourself thinking, “What do I want to do?” instead of, “What do I have to do?” At this point, there’s a way for you to get on track. Always think to yourself that you will have time to do what you want to do, when you have done the things that you have to do. It always feels so much better to have leisure time when you don’t have to think about chores afterwards.
However, some unfortunate beings get past the point of “prevention,” and go with the “What do I want to do?” fork in the road. When that happens, there is a slight chance of going back, but it’s a lot harder.
Like with any lifestyle change, overcoming procrastination takes time, patience, and effort. If you expect your state-of-mind to change in the course of one day, forget it. You will, however, see that your habits will improve once you take care of your procrastination problems.
First, purchase or maintain a daily planner. Having a schedule to do, and having it written out in front of you, will more than likely make you stick to the intended plans. If you just have a schedule in your head, you’re more than likely to change it because you can. Writing those events or chores down, making them concrete, will encourage you to believe that they cannot (or at least should not) be changed.
Always try to allocate leisure time inbetween studies. For instance, if you have two major tests in one week, don’t study for both of them the night before the tests. If you start studying the Sunday before the test, studying at least thirty minutes a day each, you won’t have to spend all of the day and night before the test studying. Plus, you’ll have more time to do whatever you want on those days before the tests because you’ll only be spending at most two hours studying.
When you literally have nothing to do, start or finish up your schoolwork. This will help you in the long run, even if you don’t want to do it now. You’ll have more free time later on, and you won’t have to procrastinate.
Remember that procrastination starts with willingness. If you’re keen on making good grades, then overcome your procrastination by balancing play time with work time.