Whether you’re new to campus or are a few semesters in, it’s always helpful to understand how to use your time wisely.
- Google Calendar – A free web-based calendar system (Need to have or create a Google account).
- Making a Task List (University of Guelph) – Moves you through the steps of the different academic tasks you have to do to help you estimate how much time you need for each task.
- Remember the Milk is a popular task and time management tool that goes beyond lists and post-its.
Planner sheets – print off for visual planning
pro·cras·ti·nate: to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done.
Procrastination is common among most people at one time or another. It’s a time management issue disguised as a motivation problem. Learning how to deal with procrastination early on as a student will:
- help you get through your assignments easier
- lower anxiety
- reduce stress
- reduce feelings of guilt
- help prevent course-related depression
How Do You Avoid Procrastination?
1. Recognise self-defeating feelings like perfectionism, poor time management, fear of failure and boredom.
2. Make a list of everything you have to get done. This can include readings for class, writing assignments, studying for exams, or researching a paper. Write it all down.
3. Write a contract with yourself that you will complete a specific assignment or task by a certain date and stick to it. Get friends or family to encourage you to stick to your contract.
4. Set realistic priorities, keeping due dates in mind.
5. Break down tasks into a manageable size. Study in 50 minute blocks with a 10 minute break to help keep you focused and give you time to rest.
6. Promise yourself a reward upon completion. This could be anything, from allowing yourself to watch a TV program to talking on the phone with friends to going out for a nice dinner. Decide on the reward before completion to give yourself something to aim for.
7. Eliminate tasks you never plan to do.
8. Estimate the amount of time you think it will take you to complete a task, then increase that amount by 100%.
9. Get help if you are still having trouble. Counselling Services at JIBC can assist you with academic and personal counselling (firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.528.5884).
In almost all cases, the best way to overcome procrastination is to just do it. Start the task and see what happens. Just the process of starting can be enough to get the ball rolling.
Last updated February 8, 2019