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Control Procrastination

What is a band-aid solution?

  •  A quick, temporary fix that may or may not work for you (or may not work consistently) in your particular circumstances.

How can I reduce procrastinating caused by my phone or laptop?

  • Use an app to block or limit the time you spend on specific websites.  There are many available apps; search Google for "procrastination blockers."
  • If you spend a lot of time texting, set aside specific times each day to check and respond to texts. Tell your friends and family to expect delays in your responses. 
  • Turn off all notifications on your phone.
  • Create a "sticky note" that opens every time you turn on your laptop to remind you to study.
  • Set a timer to remind you when it's time to get back to work.
  • Leave your laptop at home when you go to class.  Just bring pens and paper to take notes.

How can I reduce procrastinating caused by socializing?

  • Set a timer to limit how long you spend texting or talking to friends during study breaks.
  • Get a "Do Not Disturb" sign for your door and ask your housemates to respect it.
  • Talk to friends about your struggles with procrastination and get their support to help you limit the time spent socializing.
  • Find a study location where there aren't a lot of people around to socialize with.

How can I reduce procrastinating caused by cooking, eating, or doing housework?

  • Post a list of your study goals for the day on your fridge or microwave.
  • Post your tuition receipt on the fridge.
  • Post a note telling yourself to get back to work NOW.
  • Use the timer on your phone to limit the length of breaks or meals.
  • Put signs and notes to yourself about studying on your vaccuum cleaner, the dishwasher, or wherever they will be noticeable.
  • Schedule housework for a time when you wouldn't normally be studying.

How can I reduce procrastination caused by reading?

  • Don't read for pleasure in your study locations.
  • Don't bring pleasure books with you to class or to the Library.
  • Make a bookmark that says "You're procrastinating" and keep it in your line of site while reading to procrastinate.
  • Ask a roommate to hide pleasure books until your work is done.

What if none of these strategies work?

  • Sit at your desk and do absolutely nothing. Don't talk, read, straighten things, exercise facial muscles or play with your hair – just sit still and do nothing until you find the motivation to begin working on the task.

  • By making your procrastination painfully evident, you'll be much more likely to get down to work than if you camouflage it by doing something else, particularly something else that feels productive.

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