How To Slay The Monster Called 'Procrastination'

10 Ways To Slay The Monster Called 'Procrastination' That Preys On Lazy College Students

Almost everybody procrastinates from time to time so I wanted to share some tips I have found helpful in avoiding procrastinating.

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My first semester of college has only just started but I am already falling victim to the monster called procrastination. I am trying my best to not procrastinate because I know from experience what a major impact it can have on my grades. I know almost everybody procrastinates from time to time so I wanted to share some tips I have found helpful in avoiding procrastinating.

1. Have a physical to-do list

This is extremely important because you can see everything that you have to do in front of you. This can either stress you into getting focused and working or motivate you. It is a crucial first step, but it can also backfire.

2. Plan studying ahead of time and tell everyone

When you make your to-do list, look at your schedule and block out study time when you don't have classes or clubs. But just blocking out time does nothing. You have to tell your friends or anyone else that might distract you that you are going to be studying at the designated time. This will prevent your friends from trying to make plans when you plan to study and this way you won't have the temptation to not study.

3. Study with friends

Not everyone should follow this tip. Some people get very distracted while studying with friends, while for others it helps them. I kind of think that studying with friends is like "social facilitation." Being around others who are studying makes me also want to study. This concept is kind of why there was that trend of YouTubers recording themselves studying and posting the video. Studying with friends lets me study while also still being with friends. Even if you can't study with friends, I highly recommend still being around people while studying.

4. Go to the library or quiet lounge

I LOVE going to the library to study. If not the library then the quiet lounge at my campus student center. I am not necessarily always studying with friends in the library but there are always people around me working which helps me also stay focused and makes me feel guilty when I go on my phone to scroll through Instagram.

5. Keep your phone away while studying

This is honestly the hardest for me but it is also the most helpful. I try to put my phone away and if I want to listen to music I plug earbuds into my laptop. For the excuse of keeping track of time, I just wear a watch. However, if you NEED your phone for whatever reason, then I would first delete all the social media apps off of it then.

6. Delete social media off of your phone

This is very, very hard. But, during the second half of my sophomore year of high school, I deleted Facebook and Instagram off of my phone and it really helped me focus and improve my grades. Some people just turn notifications off but I personally don't find that helpful because then I am just more tempted to look at my phone and go on those apps. It takes some time to get used to but it really helps keep a clear mind once you get into the habit of not scrolling through social media every few minutes. You don't have to permanently delete your social media apps though. I usually delete the apps on weekdays and then reload it on Friday afternoons. Honestly, after some time it becomes very easy to do this.

7. Get started right after class

An easy way to stop procrastinating is to start homework and assignments after class. I like this because after class you are already in the academic/studying zone. The only thing to this is that it can get a little mentally tiring. If you are very tired then I would take a short break.

8. Limit breaks to one hour

Every Monday and Wednesday, I have a 1.5-hour bio lecture. I love my bio class and my professor makes even the most boring content fun. But there is so much information in my lectures that I get mentally EXHAUSTED afterward. That is why I take a half an hour or hour food break with friends in my class. I also would recommend you take a short break after class if you need. However don't take one longer than an hour. It just wastes time that could be spent doing something more productive.

9. Drink coffee

I am the type of person that always gets sleepy while studying at the library. This is why I always take coffee with me. It helps wake me up and get focused again. If you aren't a coffee person there are still many other options such as tea, sugar, and pretty much anything from Starbucks/Dunkin.

10. Think long term

Sometimes when none of these things help me and I still am not willing to start studying, I think about my ultimate goal. My dream is to become a doctor. That is the only field I want to be in. Thinking about becoming a doctor reminds me that I need exceptional grades to get into medical school. The content I am learning in my classes in college is crucial for the medical field. That always helps me so I suggest you also think about your goals and the long term when you really have to get work done but have no motivation.

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone

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For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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