- Get organised
If you read any article about procrastination you can guarantee that there will be one suggestion on the list: organisation is key. And it’s true. Keeping your time, work and work space organised is a great way to start! Write a list of priorities and make a timetable with all of your tasks and stick to it! You’ll thank yourself later.
P.S. don’t start organising in the time you’ve allocated to study… we all know how it ends: you with a highlighter in your hand, a brilliantly crafted bullet journal and 2 hours until your assessment is due. Don’t do it to yourself, set aside some additional time to organise everything, like the start of semester or the beginning of the week.
- Listen to music
Listening to music is a great way to lift your energy if you start to feel a bit flat. Put on your favourite song and get your blood pumping! We asked some of our residents what songs make them motivated and you can listen to our Spotify playlist here.*
- Drink water and exercise
Water is good. Exercise is good. I know it and you know it, so this is a no brainer. Water elevates your concentration levels and boosts your energy and exercise releases endorphins that make you happy. Keep your water bottle topped up and take a break and do some quick exercises – you’ll come back to your work refreshed and more productive!
- Wake up early
I know that your bed is comfy and you don’t want to leave, but trust me, waking up early to study is for the best. Not only does it elongate the hours in the day, but you’ll also wake up fresh and ready to work.
- Jump in no matter what
Not sure how to start your assignment? Been staring at a blank page for half the day? The first step is always the hardest, so don’t step… jump right in no matter what! Once you get going your mood will improve dramatically and your assessment will be over before you know it.
- Tell someone what you’re planning
Telling someone that you have to study or finish an assignment is a sure fire way to stay on task. Not only will they give you space to get it done, they might also check up on you. There’s nothing quite like a supportive friend to motivate you to be your best self.
- Take your work somewhere else
Sitting at your desk gets old real fast. You’ll start to stare at all the pictures on your wall, look longingly out the window hoping for freedom or you might be compelled to rearrange your whole room. Resist the urge and take your work somewhere else, like the library, a coffee shop or even just outside to sit in the sun.
- Get a tutor
If you’re struggling to understand key concepts or you just can’t focus on your work, getting a tutor might be just what you need. Not only will they help you understand the material, but they’ll also encourage you to get your work done. UON offers free PASS sessions at Callaghan and Ourimbah and there are free tutoring sessions across the Student Living precinct available to our residents.
- Work straight after lectures or tutorials
Getting started on your work straight after your lecture or tutorial means you have a head start on your assessment or exam prep because you’re already thinking about the topic.
- Reward yourself
Rewarding yourself for getting your work done is a great way to motivate yourself. Buy yourself a little treat like a coffee or a chocolate when you’ve completed a big study session or an afternoon walk along the beach with a friend. Your rewards don’t have to be big, but a little something nice will keep you going a while longer!
- Take control of your self-talk
You might think that beating yourself up for procrastinating will make sure you don’t do it again, but in fact, it does the opposite. Be kind to yourself and take control of your self-talk. Don’t focus on how you’re not going to procrastinate, instead think about how good it will feel to have the project done.
- Remind yourself why you’re doing it
Is it for a good grade? Is it for an internship? Is it to contribute better in class? Most people don’t enjoy studying, so why do they do it? It gets results. You might be anxious about starting, but try not to focus on that. Think about why you’re doing it and how good it will feel once it’s done and how much worse you’ll feel if you leave it until the last minute.
This list isn’t exhaustive and there’s so many other tips and tricks to get you through the hard times. What do you do to stop yourself procrastinating?
*If you aren’t redirected to our Spotify playlist right away, search for us at uonstudentliving.