With all of the great facilities, activities and events RIT offers, it is easy to get distracted. However, procrastinating student responsibilities can leave you feeling disappointed at the end of the semester.

Here are six tips to help you resist the urge to procrastinate:

Make to-do lists

Making lists in advance will help you organize and manage your workload.

Set deadlines for yourself

For long-term assignments, plan ahead. Decide what you want to get done by a certain time and stick to your goal.

Study in an environment with minimal distractions

If you have a lot to get done, avoid doing work with friends. Put your phone away and pick a spot that will help you stay focused, such as a quiet spot in the library.

Treat yourself

Don’t pass Ben and Jerry’s, stop to get yourself a cone when you finish your work or achieve your goal- reward yourself.  

Get enough sleep

Pulling an all-nighter is not the answer to your procrastination problem. Without the proper amount of sleep, you have an increased risk of getting sick, making poor judgments, and forgetfulness.   

Plan ahead

Make plans for doing activities ahead of time so your last minute plans won’t get in the way of your study time.

Still feeling unproductive? There are many resources on campus to help you stay on track. Everyone has different academic needs. Therefore, it is important to find help at the right place for you. The Multicultural Center for Academic Success, the RIT Libraries, the Writing Commons, and the Academic Support Center are only a few of the options you can turn to on campus for assistance. Here is what Cha Ron Sattler-Leblanc, the Senior Director at the Academic Support Center, had to say regarding procrastination:

Services the ASC Center offers to help students stay on track for academic success

When you walk into the ASC Center, you’ll meet with one of our peer or professional coaches who can support you with custom strategies as well as accountability to put those to practice, and refer to other campus resources if necessary.

The ASC also provides, at no additional fee, academic success courses such as Insights on Success and Applied Study Strategies.  These courses can develop and strengthen your skills and support their implementation and practice over a term – a great investment in your academic career! (Did I mention, no additional costs?)

The Academic Support Center offers a number of different supports to help you STOP procrastinating!  Check out some of our great resources on time management over at ASC On-Line. If you NEED a break, these short videos can give you some great information and get you back on track.

We also offer a number of great tools in our study tool kit. Stop by the ASC (above Artesano’s) to get a copy or print off what you need here!

Why fighting against procrastination important

Procrastination is normal – but we need to recognize when it’s problematic.  Our brains and bodies need a little recovery time every now and again.  Be sure to pace yourself (and learn better planning skills!). You’ll find that by scheduling in a few reasonable, quality breaks, you’ll be in a better state of mind to get your work done.  You’ll have LOTS of opportunity to discover how you learn best in the coming years.  Perhaps it’s less about fighting procrastination and more about learning how to plan and manage!

How to avoid procrastination in your own life

Take control of distractions.  Consider all the alerts in your life: Necessary?  Put your phone on airplane mode, turn off the alert on email, and find some extensions for your browser to remind you to stay on task and keep you off social media.  I use one that’s too profane to share here, but it’s a great reminder for me to stay on task and recognize when I’m looking for a break – and choosing more effective ways to take those breaks.

And while this sounds counter-intuitive, if you have a ton to do, schedule a break.  Use a timer to stay on task and then use a little break or reward to give yourself some time to recover (if necessary, set another time to get back to work).  While we all have those times where we just have to hammer due to our bad judgement – take a little time to reflect, learn and do better next time. (And come talk to us at the ASC, and we’ll help!)

It’s easy to get caught up in a circle of procrastination, but if you fight against it, your life as a student will be a lot easier. Start your semester right. Happy Fight Procrastination Day Tigers!

 

Check out the ASC website for more information!

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