Tips To Help You Overcome Procrastination as A Student

For many university students, and life in general, procrastination is a common challenge. We tend to want to always put tasks off for later, some of which could have been done there and then. This lowers productivity and efficiency levels.

You can use several strategies to stop procrastinating and increase your productivity both in your studies and daily life. Here are some tips to help you overcome procrastination:

Set Clear Goals:

It is important to set clear goals. Start by defining what you need to accomplish and break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Once you have clear objectives, it can be easier to stay focused.


Learn to Prioritise Tasks:

Aim to identify the most important and time-sensitive tasks, ones that need to be done immediately and start with those. Prioritising can help you avoid less important activities that may be tempting distractions.

Wooden Puzzle

Create a To-Do List:

Make a daily or weekly to-do list to keep track of your tasks. Crossing items off the list can be motivating and help you stay on track. It also helps you track the progress of what you’ve been able to achieve in the specified time.

To-Do List

Use Time Management Techniques:

Techniques like time blocking, the Pomodoro technique or the 2-minute rule can help you manage your time more effectively.

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Eliminate Distractions:

Identify and minimise common distractions, such as turning off notifications on your phone or computer, and creating a clutter-free workspace. This helps you utilise your time better.

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Set Specific Deadlines:

Establish realistic deadlines for your tasks. Having a sense of urgency can motivate you to work on them.

Deadline Calendar

Break Tasks into Smaller Steps:

If a task feels overwhelming, break it into smaller, more achievable steps. This can make the task seem less daunting.

Find Your Peak Productivity Times:

Some people are more productive in the morning, while others are night owls. Identify your peak productivity times and schedule important tasks during those periods.


Use Positive Reinforcement:

Reward yourself when you complete a task or reach a milestone. This can create positive associations with productivity.

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Practice Self-Discipline:

Develop the habit of self-discipline, which involves making yourself do what needs to be done even when you don't feel like it. This can be hard, but give it a try.

Stay Accountable:

Share your goals with a friend, family member, or colleague who can help hold you accountable for your progress.


Use Productivity Tools:

There are many apps and tools designed to help with productivity and time management. Consider using them to stay on track.

Understand Your Procrastination Triggers:

Pay attention to what causes you to procrastinate. Is it fear, boredom, or something else? Once you identify the triggers, you can work on addressing them.

Focus on the Goal:

Imagine the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction you'll experience once you've completed a task. Visualisation can be a powerful motivator.

Target Board

Seek Support:

If procrastination is a persistent problem, consider seeking support from a therapist or counsellor who can help you address underlying issues.

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Overcoming procrastination is a process, and it may take time to develop new habits. Experiment with different strategies to find what works best for you, and be patient with yourself as you work to improve your productivity and time management skills. You will have yourself to thank once you’ve got everything in order and are being as productive as you should.

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