Overcome Procrastination

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Overcome Procrastination

People procrastinate for a number of reasons. Perhaps the task at hand is too overwhelming, there are too many other things to do, or there's performance anxiety attached to the task. As a full-time professional working toward a business degree, or a full-time student lost in a sea of assignments and projects, procrastinating could become a problem.

It's important to remember that just because you can't complete an entire task right away, doesn't mean you have to procrastinate. Breaking down large tasks into small, manageable tasks, is a great way to plow through procrastination. The result? Less anxiety just before the assignment is due. By working away at a task in small, manageable chunks, you're probably working more efficiently and effectively, thus presenting a final product of quality. Here are some tricks to break through procrastination:

  • Keep documents and text well organized throughout your course of study. This will help avoid confusion and wasted time trying to find important information.
  • Create a To Do list that spans several days up to the point that the project/assignment is due. This will keep you on track, while providing direction
  • Eliminate negative self-talk and doubt. Recognize that the twinge of anxiety you're feeling is what's pushing you to procrastinate. That anxiety is likely caused by a fear of poor performance, but if you're working a little at a time, taking care to produce quality work, poor performance won't be an issue.
The important thing is to stay on track. You're going to have to finish your assignment sooner or later and the sooner you start, the more time you'll have to revise, edit and polish your work to perfection.

   

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