By Emma Perry
If you are currently procrastinating, chances are you are not reading this
Ooooh nooooo, because when you procrastinate, you do it good. You go to YouTube to find more information (like, who does that anyway) about the causes of Civil War (not the Marvel movie thing) and end up checking out videos about Crimson Fox (which is a superhero movie thing).
So, here are you and the paper. The paper and you. There is no launching point or the motivation to get down to it. You have to start writing.
But then you know that you are not alone. There are millions of college students out there that give into procrastinating.
Today, we will briefly discuss why it seems like most of us are in the same boat. Then, we will provide you with solid, proven tips on how to prevent it. Because, hey, the job has to be done.
Why do we procrastinate?
The Procrastination Research Group (GRP), through its founder, Dr Tim Pychyl, has been researching and writing about procrastination for over 20 years. So, these guys have been studying about it for over two decades. Now you see this is serious business! There is definitively a lot you can learn from him.
But let us bring it down to a few points he stresses about why we procrastinate. First, the more a task happens to be aversive to you, the more likely you are to reject and the more likely you are to procrastinate.
So, procrastination comes as a visceral and emotional response to what you know you have to do but, you just don’t want. You know how the hardest part of getting a job done is getting started?
The reasons why you find work aversive are:
→ It is boring
→ It is frustrating
→ The topic is irrelevant to you
→ It is difficult
→ It is ambiguous
→ There is no structure
The more badly you can relate to work, the higher the chances you are to procrastinate. Of course, the better the show on Netflix, the more you will give yourself the lie: “Just one more episode.”
Stop procrastinating now!
All right, but there is salvation for the nation. The following are some quick tips you can follow in order to procrastinate less and get to write more.
Disconnect the wifi
Ha! We are getting started with the painful ones. Ok, now, stop making excuses. I don’t want to hear “I need the internet to research….!” Nah, you are writing an essay, not an article about the seven wonders of the world.
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You know you can do it without the www or all those tabs luring you into taking a peek. If you think you need to do a little online research, do it ahead of time. Collect all the info and go unplugged.
With all those tabs on your browser, one of them being Facebook, of course (duh!), there are higher chances for you to get distracted.
Put an end that gives hope
Or ends. Give yourself time pills (sorry, it was the best word I could come up with). For instance, place 20 minutes on the timer on your cell phone (yes, the one you are NOT going to use to check your Insta) and limit the task to that amount of time.
It will be fun and more structured. Plus, it gives you a pleasant feeling that it will be over at a certain point. This also allows you to, instead of spending more time at a problem, invest more energy into it since you know that your time is limited. Are you having fun yet?
Just get down to it
As I stated before, getting started is probably the hardest part of getting something done. But once you get down to it, you will catch momentum. Don’t wait for you to feel motivated.
There is no such thing. Mel Robbins said it: “Motivation is Garbage”. They lied to us when they told us that you need to feel something in order to get things done. Use the 2-minute rule. Time yourself for the first two minutes and assign short tasks that you can do in that time. But do it now.
There are definitively some other tips that you could use to avoid this disease. We will stick to the ones above as I believe these will trigger the others. I’ll be honest, even though procrastination affects everyone, it sometimes hits writing a bit harder. So now, gird your loins and get that thing started.
Emma Perry is a tutor and freelance writer, who is interested in education, blogging and sharing her ideas on EssayService.com. She also loves inspiring and motivating people and has spent the last 5 years improving and helping others to improve.