Look, we’ve all been there. It’s 11 o’clock at night, you just finished watching Netflix and Youtube for the past 3 hours and finally have gotten around to starting your homework. The only problem is, your assignments are all due at midnight, and they require much more work than you originally thought. As appealing as it sounds to stress and constantly work over the next hour to cram in all of your assignments that will probably receive poor grades, here are 3 ways that you can avoid this situation altogether.
1: Create A Schedule
One of the best ways to avoid procrastinating and manage your time more efficiently is to physically manage your time through the use of a schedule. Creating a daily schedule will allow you to manually plot out the time you intend to spend on each thing you have to do every day, including homework, so you won’t ever find yourself wondering if you could just save your homework for later because you already have it on your schedule. Creating a schedule isn’t too difficult either, as there are plenty of apps and websites you can download that easily get the job done. Personally, I enjoy using a physical calendar that I hang up in my room, but anything works.
2: Use a Study Space
Make sure to have a specific space that you use that is completely dedicated to studying and studying only. You can deck this area out with pens, pencils, calculators, a speaker for study music, etc. Make this personal to how you enjoy studying, and in doing so, you’re able to not only improve the quality of your work but also minimize unnecessary distractions that you might see in a typical area that people use to study.
3: Minimize Distractions
This is probably the most important point on this list, as distractions are the major causes for everyone’s procrastination. Distractions can vary from person to person, but generally, any electronics that aren’t being used for studying can be left outside of your study area, especially your mobile phone if you have one. Mobile phones are the biggest cause of procrastination and for good reason. Limiting the ability to reach over and grab your phone while you’re working is extremely beneficial, so leaving it far away from your study area is the best piece of advice I can give you.
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