Don’t put it off until next year

Preventing procrastination today


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Shannon Hays, Staff Writer

Managing time effectively is an extremely important and incredibly rewarding skill to learn. In fact, having this skill can increase a student’s educational performance, improve motivation to succeed, and can teach students the skills needed for the future.

   However, according to some time management statistics, 82 percent of people do not have a time management system, and 58 percent of students turn in work within the last 24 hours of the deadline. In order to solve this problem, it is important to address the factors that cause these problems and to discuss different strategies to improve one’s focus and change bad study habits. 

   Whether it is striving for perfection, fear of failure, confusion, or indecision, the reasons why a student might procrastinate can vary. Some theories suggest the reasoning may be underdeveloped time management skills, disengagement from school material, distractions in the student’s learning environment, or fatigue and overwork.

   Regardless, the consequences can be devastating for a student’s mental health and academic success. Without a solution, the common impacts of procrastination include lack of sleep, high levels of stress, feelings of guilt, confusion, anxiety, and even depression. Despite the impacts, there are many solutions to overcoming and preventing procrastination in the future. 

   One way to prevent procrastination is to attack it at its source. Just by removing electronic devices and other distractions from a study area, a student will have more motivation to complete assignments and stay on task for a longer period of time.

   Another way to avoid procrastination is to create a calm environment, for example, a quiet room with little interruption. These quiet rooms are a good way for students to limit everyday distractions and increase their quality of work.

   Finally, according to a website on procrastination, a student working for 30 minutes to an hour should take 10-20 minutes breaks between learning sessions. By taking small frequent breaks between subjects, a student can better manage stress and overwork as well as become more productive by increasingly longer amounts of time. 

   By using these strategies, students can improve academically and mentally; maintain motivation, limit distractions, and develop important time management skills, integrity, and self-control.