All teens do it, we all regret it and each one of us suffers the inevitable consequences that come with procrastination. Procrastination is a daunting force that every high schooler faces to one degree or another. So this begs the question: is there any way to put an end to procrastination? Well, to that question I say yes!
But before you read too deep into this blog post just know that I too procrastinate. In fact, I procrastinated writing this blog post! But bear with me because I have some strategies I use when I need to get something done, and most of the time my little tips and tricks work.
Let’s start with how to prevent procrastination:
For starters, I would encourage you to reflect on your work habits and obstacles that get in your way when you try and get things done. For some teens, they have trouble with the initial motivation while others may have trouble with the actual execution of the work. I mean most people deal with each of these to one level or another, so find out what you need to focus on and take action on that aspect of your procrastination.
Try making a priority list and work through the list at your own pace.
When it has to do with making a plan to get something done there’s lots of different reminder techniques to mark a date and stick to it. Sometimes I’ll use reminders, calendars or other apps on my phone (check out a bunch of cool phone hacks for school here). Other people have physical agendas and calendars.
The one that works the best for me is a mini whiteboard on my wall that I can easily come home and add any assignments, work, or studying I need to get done. Super easy to add, check off, erase and repeat! Plus whenever I walk into my room to binge watch Netflix, all my shame and guilt is staring me right in the face.
Now for worst aspect of procrastination: the execution.
When you pick a time and finally make the choice to do your work. This part can be stressful because you may be thinking that “the job is too big” or “there’s too much to do” or “I don’t know where to start.” Don’t worry because this is where I get overwhelmed, however the solution to this is simple – just do it. What I’ve found is if you do something called “piercing the target”, or just committing to doing 5 minutes of what you want to get done you’ll get into it. Finishing what you’re wanting to do becomes extremely easy because you’ve already started, so why stop?
I really hope that my little tips and tricks help you as you try to make it through your studies. It won’t be easy – I know because I’m still trying too- but remember to focus and believe in yourself. You’ve got this!