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Time Management (4 of 5)

April 22, 2010

Time Management – 5 part course!

Here’s how you go about changing your thinking of I’ll Stop Procrastinating Tomorrow…

  1. Part 1 – Time is On Your Side.
  2. Part 2 – Your Planner is Your Friend.
  3. Part 3 – Time Management 101.
  4. Part 4 – I’ll Stop Procrastinating Tomorrow.
  5. Part 5 – Stop The Cramming!

Part  4 – I’ll Stop Procrastinating Tomorrow

Procrastination is a schedule buster.  It’s easy to put things off until later, especially when you dread the task such as writing a term paper or report. This can be a real problem.  If you put off your assignments or studying for tests, you are only hurting yourself.  Procrastinating leads to stress and anxiety not to mention poor performance.  You CAN stop procrastination from affecting your work.

It can be difficult to start working. Most of the time, however, not starting seems to be related to fear of poor results or negative evaluations than it is to the actual difficulty of the work. Aim to subdivide tasks into small steps and convince yourself that to get started all you need is 10 full minutes working on a task. Often, the 10 minutes will elapse and you’ll be right into the swing of things, prepared to continue on productively.

Sometimes you just don’t feel motivated to do your schoolwork. It might help to realize that for many people motivation isn’t a prerequisite to action…it is a result of it! Try working for a short time and see if you can “get into it.” If your motivation problem seems more substantial, it might help to realize that when you aren’t motivated to do school work, you aren’t actually out of motivation…you’re just motivated to do something else.

Make a schedule.  Allocate specific times to complete tasks using daily planners.  We have a whole chapter on that in this book.  Your planner should always be handy and you should refer to it often.  Once you make your schedule, follow it.  Work with a roommate or friend to motivate each other.  Remember always that once the work is done, you will have more time for yourself, so stick with that schedule.

Make two activity lists:  “Things I Like To Do” and “Things I Have To Do”.  Mix up activities from both lists and work on each activity for a short period of time.  Alternating between fun and work helps to maintain motivation and interest.  All work and no fun is another schedule buster.  You don’t have to be working ALL the time, but you do have to complete what needs to be done.

Next time we’ll be discussing a little about “Stop The Cramming”.
Until then, have a great time!

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