THE ART OF PROCRASTINATION!November 28, 2016
It’s me, Josh here, and today I wanted to talk to you all about a student activity that many, if not all students around Booth have participated in. Many of the students will take hours out of their busy schedules to take part in this activity. What, you might be asking, is this mysterious activity that so many students are involved in? Why, it is none other than the art of Procrastination!
As a student, procrastination is quite often a serious issue that occurs on a fairly regular schedule. Procrastinating can take many different forms, and for some students, procrastination has been turned into a very stressful art form. There are few things more intense than watching your peers hold off on their assignments until the last minute, and then working through the night to hand in what is often a quality paper.
There are many different forms in which procrastination occurs, here are a few examples:
- The Stress Gamer: Stress gaming occurs when a student decides to play video games instead of working on the necessary assignment, the fact that they are taking a risk by playing video games makes the games that much more intense and enjoyable.
- The Workaholic: The workaholic is a very common type of procrastinator, who takes time away from doing their assignments to work on other things. This procrastination can be seen in people who avoid assignments by cleaning their room, baking cookies, cleaning the kitchen, sharing their cookies with friends, cleaning their friends room, etc.
- The Newsfeed Scroller: This type of procrastinator will spend much of their free time scrolling through their Facebook newsfeed, and then looking at Instagram posts, and then browsing their twitter feed, and then going back to Facebook to see if anything new was posted. Typically, this cycle continues for hours on end.
- The Social Butterfly: Social butterflies tend to spend their time talking to their friends. Now, you might say “hold on, there is nothing wrong with socializing” and you would be right. What this type of procrastination does is it travels from one friend to another, moving on whenever the other party decides to work on their papers. Like a butterfly darts from flower to flower in search of nectar, the social butterfly darts from friend to friend in search of an excuse to not work on their papers, while often complaining that they need to work on papers.
While these are not all of the different types of procrastination, they are some of the most common ones students have to deal with. Occasionally, students will simply move from one type of procrastination to the next, prolonging their procrastination period. The challenge for students is having the self-control to put yourself back on track to completing your assignments, even if they are not due the next day.
Here are a couple of tips and tricks that I have picked up over my years of university:
- Remove Distractions: If you find yourself spending a lot of time playing video games, try not to do school work where videogames are readily available. If you are often browsing social media, put your phone out of arms reach. There are also some helpful websites and programs that can be used to temporarily remove access to social media sights on your computer. If you struggle with being a workaholic spend time studying with other people who will keep you on track. If you struggle with being a social butterfly, do your assignments on your own, in your room, away from people who might be able to distract you.
- Stay Focused: As a student I have found that it is often hard to start working on a paper, or to begin studying for an exam, but after doing it for a while you get into a rhythm where it becomes much easier. Once you get into that rhythm the trick is to stay in it, and do not let yourself get distracted. If the rhythm breaks, you will have a hard time getting back into it.
- Find Your Ideal Work Time: From my experience most people have a time of day when they are the most productive and get the most work accomplished. Every person tends to have a different time that works best for them. For me, that time is typically starting at 8-9pm, so I try to get into a rhythm then, and stay with it until I complete my paper. I know some students who have their sweet spot at 3am, and others who have theirs at noon. Take the time to find when you are most productive, and work in those times.
- Work Smarter, Not Harder: This one is fairly simple, and yet when it gets to crunch time most students neglect it. As far as I have seen, all students have times where they can put out hundreds of words in a handful of minutes, and times where they can put out a handful of words in a couple hours. If it’s not working, do not try and force it. If you do you will end up just sitting there frustrated and stressed. Instead, take a break and come back to it in an hour or two, this will give you a chance to clear your mind, and will help you to be more productive.
Hopefully, some of these tips can prove helpful, if not, don’t blame me, not everything works for everyone!