When at college one of the biggest things students find hard to manage is their time. This is easily understandable when you think about the amount of study, work and social events that students want to attend. They often over stretch themselves to thin leading to a loss of performance in one, if not all three of those previously mentioned areas. Being overstretched could also lead to a lack of proper sleep and proper nutrition which is detrimental to studying and overall performance. If your body is not properly looked after it slowly begins to not work as well as it used too, leading to decreased productivity when it comes to managing study sessions and working shifts and overall campus wellness. Students who are overstretched often begin procrastinating, instead of sitting down and completing their homework. It is these stages of procrastination that truly make managing time even harder. Let’s look into the reason why procrastination occurs at college and what you can do about it.
Complicated hard work – When faced with a complex problem that is not truly understood and how to go about tackling said problem, a student might find themselves procrastinating as it’s the easier option. The best way to tackle a big problem is to break it down into its smaller parts. This way you can tackle the complicated project in easy to manage stages.
Underestimating your time – It’s all too easy to think you will have 4 hours at the end of the day to do your homework, but what happens when your friends come knocking and you head out for a game of football. It’s these last minute activities that allow you to procrastinate instead of using your time to study. Make a calendar and block out sections specifically for college work. Make sure you stick to them and be firm with your friends when they want you to come out.
Focus – Losing focus or a lack of focus in the beginning is one of the many reasons procrastination occurs. It’s often the little distractions that cause us to lose sight of our commitments when it comes to completing the homework that has been assigned. Turn off and remove all distractions that you know will impede your work process. This includes cell phones, Facebook, the TV and video games.
It may be hard at first overcoming the urge to procrastinate, but once you have, you will feel a much better. Knowing that you can get back to managing your time and effectively juggling your academic, work and social lives without one impeding the other anymore and improving your campus wellness will help you get everything done that you need to get done while also keeping time free for everything else.