How To Stop Procrastinating And Get Down To Homework?
In a survey, students from all over the United States have said one of the biggest problems they have in completing their homework on time is procrastination. Leaving your homework, and other kinds of important responsibilities for that matter, to the last minute significantly decreases your chances of succeeding. For this reason we’ve created this article showing you the most effective way to stop procrastinating and getting down to doing your homework:
Identify and Learn to Recognize Your Excuses
From time to time, even the most experienced academic professionals will make excuses for not doing their work. The best way to combat this is to identify and learn to recognize the individual excuses you make on a regular basis. For some it could be catching up on a television show, or getting some exercise in before starting an assignment. Not all excuses are bad, but know the ones you make can help you stop your procrastination.
Break Down Your Assignments into Small Parts
Many students delay in getting their work started because they look at their assignments in their entirety and feel overwhelmed by the amount of time it will take or effort they will have to put in. Break down your assignment into small parts and approach each one separately as an individual task. This helps motivate you to keep going, especially as you see the number of crossed-out, completed tasks begin to grow.
Schedule a Time for Doing Your Assignments
Scheduling a specific time for doing your assignments becomes increasingly more important as you progress through your education. By the time you’re in high school you will likely have several hours’ worth of homework to do each night. Don’t wait until the last minute to get started. Set a specific time to start and stick to it throughout the week, no matter how light your workload might be on a given night.
Start with the Most Difficult Assignment First
Some experts will say a great technique for ending procrastination is to start with the easiest assignments in order to build momentum. But recent studies show that the reverse is actually a more effective way of getting more assignments done on time. Get the most difficult assignment out of the way first and you will feel more encouraged to work on the easier ones afterwards.
Don’t Aim for Large Sweeping Changes at Once
Finally, here’s a bit of advice on implementing some or all of these changes into your homework routine. Don’t expect to succeed in making large sweeping changes all at once. Habit forming takes several weeks – some say as many as three weeks – and if you want to change for the better you are more likely to succeed if you focus on one or two of these techniques at a time.