Putting things off until it is too late or almost too late is a habit. The brain does not like dealing with tasks it considers boring and tedious. Of course, you cannot become enthusiastic about your homework overnight (or ever!). This however should not hamper your growth as a student. You just need to learn to be a manager now instead of a student. Here is how you can be your own manager and stop procrastinating:
- Manage your time: Your time is precious and you really do not want to spend it worrying about what has STILL not been done! That is what happens when you procrastinate. “I need to do my homework”. Do you not feel the weight of this thought on your mind? The best and perhaps the only way to get rid of this thought are to take care of business as soon as possible. Try making a schedule that is viable and light on you. The most effective step you can take is to make your homework the first thing you do after freshening up at home. New habits take some time to take root, so expect a bit of pain and some failures along the way. Do not beat yourself up if you find yourself falling back into your old rhythm. Just restart the process as soon as you realize it.
- Manage your homework: Keep your assignments current. A backlog of assignments can augment the urge to procrastinate. Instead of worrying about the past assignments just do the ones that are current. Once you are used to the new routine the rest will follow. Do not overstress your mind!
- Be organized: keeping your assignments, books, desk, and room organized can do wonders for your life. Seriously! It is not just your homework that will improve. You will see a lot of positive change in your days and nights as you adopt the habit of organizing things.
- Just Do It: This is the most important piece of advice you will ever receive! Do not overthink and over plan. Follow Nike’s motto and just do it. Whether it is starting your homework or making a schedule and sticking to it, you need to take action. Now!
Your best bet in learning to be a doer (as opposed to a non-doing procrastinator) is to manage and organize your day as well as you can.