Procrastination plagues undergraduate college students more than any other student population according to a study done in 2011 by Cumhuriyet University located in the country of Turkey.
If you do not know what procrastination is that is a beautiful thing, but I’m pretty sure it’s an SAT word so let me fill you in. Merriam-Webster defines procrastination as to delay doing something until later because you do not want to do it or because you are lazy.
This is a great definition and many of us are guilty of procrastinating. We have all thought, “Oh I’ll do that later.” or “It’s not going to take that long. I’ll just do it before class.” or “I work best under stress.”
A student underestimating how long an assignment will take is one of the top five reasons as to why students procrastinate.
A horrible procrastinator usually earns a grade point average of 2.9 while those who are more on top of their schoolwork are able to earn an average of 3.6. These figures were found from a study conducted by Ohio State University.
Many of us have been victim of earning a terrible grade or missing out on a great opportunity, because we waited until the last minute to do something.
As you get older those second chances to correct your mistakes or hand in late work come far and few in-between.
As you begin to build your reputation you do not want to be known as the irresponsible and unreliable student who just cannot seem to get anything done within a timely manner.
We have all heard it before: Do not wait until the last minute to do things. Nothing good can come from waiting up until the last minute. Students become a stressed, nervous wreck when they are scrambling to hand things in on time.
My advice to you:
Take a sheet of paper and fold it so that you have four equal squares. In the top left hand box write Today. In the top right hand box write This Week. In the bottom left hand box write Next Week. Finally in the bottom right hand box write This Month. In each box write down what you need to get done within that time period. Now you have a list of you can see your responsibilities and you have a timeline in which you would like to get everything done.
2. Create a Functional Work Space
DO NOT DO YOUR HOMEWORK ON YOUR BED!!! That is a huge No-No. How are you going to be productive in the same exact space where you sleep? Create an appropriate workspace with minimal noise, adequate lighting, and enough desk space. Only do work in this area. Also make it a stress free place. Make it a place where you can just relax and complete your work.
3. Do Your Work
There are no benefits gained from not doing your work. You simply become a frantic student who produces work that is less than par. Remember what I said about missed opportunities? I waited until the last hour of the last day to apply to be a Resident Assistant at my University. Something unfortunate occurred and now I may have to wait an entire year in order to apply. When you get older people don’t tend to be as lenient with giving second chances, because you were being lazy.
“You may delay, but time will not.” ― Benjamin Franklin