How Not to Procrastinate and Do Homework Assignments in Time
Procrastination becomes a problem when you often do your homework at the last minute and regret that you did not start earlier. Our tips will help you complete your assignments without rushing through them, and save you time for more enjoyable activities.
Step 1: Organize Your Workplace
Many procrastinators only become that way because of their inadequate working conditions. Use this checklist to improve your situation:
- Prepare everything you will need for work: books, writing paper, pencils, etc. Arrange these things on your desk in a way you feel comfortable with.
- Ask your family not to disturb you while you study.
- Switch off your computer (unless you need it to do your assignments), your mobile phone, TV set, and music. The absence of noise and distractions will help you focus on the task.
- Make sure that your workplace is well-lit. Otherwise, your eyes will get tired quickly, and you may also find it more difficult to concentrate.
Step 2: Prioritize Your Assignments
Regardless of how many assignments you get, you can complete all of them in time if you put them in the right order. The short guidelines on how to do it are:
- Begin with the most urgent (“due tomorrow”) or difficult assignments. At the beginning, your mind is fresh and best focused. Use this time to deal with the assignments you are most concerned about.
- Break large projects into sections. Make sure to do one or two sections every day until the due date.
- Save the relatively easy and pleasant tasks for last. You will be able to focus on them even when tired.
Step 3: Find Your Studying Style
Different people feel comfortable with various kinds of working routines. Here are some useful tips:
- If you find it difficult to concentrate on your assignments for a long time, try a short break every hour. For example, work for 50 minutes, then spend 10 minutes on Facebook. In order to control the time of your breaks and not procrastinate, set your timer or alarm.
- If you prefer to sit down and do all your homework in a single portion, you still need a pause every 45 minutes or so. Just stand up and walk around your room. This will refresh your mind and make your work more efficient.
- Whatever style you choose, it may be a good idea to reward yourself after the work or its most important part is finished. Turn on your favorite music, call a friend, or have a tasty snack. Thinking of the reward will keep you motivated.