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How to Beat Common College Student Procrastination

Alarm clock with procrastination ribbons

You’re probably thinking right now that tomorrow is the best day to do that upcoming assignment. The hardest part of getting an assignment done is to start. Getting started can be a daunting task that’ll make you push the work for later.

While some people have the discipline to finish a task at a set timeline, others have trouble beginning. This contributes to them developing a habit of procrastination.

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

Abraham Lincoln

Tomorrow awaits. The more work you save for later, the harder it will become to accomplish. It’ll pile up and cause you to develop anxiety by the time you eventually decide to do it.

Here are a few tips on how you can beat procrastination.

Identify the Time When You’re Most Productive

A personal assessment will tell you whether you are a morning or evening/night person. The biological clock brings about a natural timing of events.

You can also find the unique rhythm that makes you function better when you understand how your biological clock ticks.

Some people work best at nightfall or well past midnight whereas others thrive at dawn. You can choose to do your assignment or task depending on the time you feel more energetic and motivated.

This approach will make you finish the assignment in time and avoid getting caught up by deadlines.

Plan Your Time

Plan the things that you want to finish every day, week, or month. One thing done will make you achieve progress rather than nothing. You can use student planning apps, reminders, or tools such as:

These tools will help you to organize your class or school projects. Again, by setting reminders, you’ll have enough time to accomplish the tasks before the due date.

Set Your Priorities Right

Most of the time, you might be disinterested to read about the topics or subjects that you consider less important.

As you start college and before you major in the field of your interest, you might start putting things off for tomorrow because you consider them as undeserving of your attention.

Priority is set considering how close, important, or due the assignment is. For instance, you may choose to handle a task that is due in 2 weeks rather than that coming up in a month’s time.

Of course, this is regardless of whether the task is among your favorite or not. It’s even better when you get it done as soon as possible to reduce junk.

You can avoid this habit by practicing proper planning as earlier mentioned.

Set the Bar Low

Often, we are encouraged to always have big dreams. No matter what it is, it’s valid. What if you dream of something small and eventually accomplish it without sweating much?

By setting the bar low, you’re aware that you can finish that reading assignment very fast. Knowing that you can do something less than what you are capable of will definitely translate to a simple task.

As a result, you’ll meet or exceed your expectations, which will motivate you to begin another task.

Breakdown Your Assignments Into Smaller Tasks

Procrastination often results to overwhelm. The mountain of assignments piling up after pushing all the tasks until the last minute might make you anxious and stressed.

It’ll surprise you how much you can solve or accomplish by simply breaking the work into small manageable steps.

Also, when you accomplish one task, you’ll be sure to get the motivation to continue with the remaining or upcoming work.

Besides, dividing your assignment into small and manageable tasks improves your efficiency. It is important that you walk out of the study session feeling accomplished.

Listen to Good Study Music

This is a deliberate effort to prevent the chance that you’ll get bored as you study. Arguably, some people prefer studying in a quiet environment.

If your cup of tea is studying with background music, then this is for you. For example, you can listen to classical music because it calms your mind and keeps you focused, and prolongs your attention span.

Again, it soothes your brain and you’ll miraculously realize that studying isn’t supposed to be boring or hard.

Avoid Distractions

Can we really ever get rid of distractions? Most of the distractions you’ll experience when studying are things like:

Phone call/text notifications

Checking social media

Snacking or eating



Watching TV or movies


You can beat these distractions by putting your phone on airplane mode, eating before you begin the task, finding a calm surroundings, or interacting with friends after finishing the task.

Distractions are the enemy of progress and they’ll consume and waste a lot of your time.

When you constantly check your social media and respond to texts or phone calls, you tend to push tasks ahead because they contribute to the mentality you don’t have enough time.

Set a Timer

Set a time frame that you’ll be working through. For example, you cannot spend hours tackling a task that can be completed in a few minutes.

Likewise, a timer will encourage you to do something substantial, as you will allocate time for specific things.

Again, you can only take a break only if the timer goes off. This approach facilitates self-control and discipline.

Reward Yourself

Rewarding yourself is after and only after you have finished the reading assignment or any form of task.

After grinding through the topics you initially didn’t find stimulating, you can give yourself a tap on the back after you finish handling them.

Reward yourself by taking your favorite meal, listening to then favorite music genre, or engaging in your favorite exercise or hobby.

Also, this is the time you can call your friends and hang out at your favorite chill spot. There will be nothing as fulfilling as knowing you don’t have any pending tasks.

Wrapping it Up

Following the above steps will help you to avoid the last-minute rush and keep you motivated.

The willingness to succeed will lower the chances that you’ll procrastinate. The overall goal is to avoid impulsiveness, which contributes to failure.

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