We all know what it’s like–we check the class page, see an assignment coming up, and our eye immediately darts to the due date, wondering how quickly we can do it before its late. We estimate about 15 minutes, and then we forget about it and move on to something else.
Fast-forward a few days, and it’s 20 minutes before class. We saunter over to the computer, sipping from a nice hot cup of tea. Leaning back in our desk chair (or bed–let’s be honest here, we’re homeschooled), we open Study Place, click on the assignments tab, and FREEZE.
Oops. We’ve conveniently forgotten about this assignment. Our brains go into race mode. Fingers fly across the keyboard and our minds race for the next sentence we need. It’s approximately 30 seconds before class, and we have a paragraph left to go. 20 seconds. 10 seconds. We save the document, submit it, scramble to join class, and make it just as the teacher turns on the mic. Phew.
For now, we’re safe. And sure, there’s a feeling of satisfaction about how quickly we can do the assignment. And the sense of satisfaction lasts until we get our paper back–a C. Whoops.
Procrastination, once made into a habit, stays. And the longer we put something off, the harder it gets. That’s why I’m here to teach you how to curb this habit once and for all.
These ideas aren’t backed up by science or anything else. These are just tips that have worked for me and that have helped a ton with my procrastination habits.
One of the most important parts of a procrastination-ending plan is to realize why you’re procrastinating. Perhaps you’re unprepared for that English exam, and you keep putting it off, hoping your brain will somehow absorb the information it needs without studying. Maybe you just don’t feel like working. If you understand what it is that’s keeping you from your task, it will be easier to address the underlying reason.
The second tip is to get motivated to end your procrastinating. One of the hardest things about procrastination is that a lot of the time, there’s no specific reason you’re procrastinating, you just don’t feel like doing the task you’re supposed to. Here are a couple of ways to stop this: go on YouTube and watch videos on how to prevent procrastinating. Read this article. Do whatever it takes. Just be sure this doesn’t turn into a form of procrastination, because it can.
The third tip is to put away the distraction completely. Are you reading a book that’s on the very edge of a cliffhanger, and you cannot stop reading it? Give it to your mom and tell her not to give it back to you until you’re done studying. Once you get into that study “mode,” it’s easy to knock out those assignments!
Another great tip is to have a detailed plan or schedule to follow. You know you need to study something, but can’t remember everything that needs to be done! This has happened to me more times than I can count. So get organized–write down every single one of your assignments in a planner or calendar, with a specific color for each subject, and a time that you can complete the assignment. Or simply pile all the books you need to study in a great big stack, then start at the top and don’t let yourself stop until you reach the bottom. Give yourself an incentive for finishing, like a piece of candy for each book completely studied. A great way to get into that study “mode” is to study as soon as you’re out of class. You’ll still be in school mode, and I promise you that you’ll knock out those assignments faster than you expect!
The last tip I have for you today is to have an accountability partner. You can use someone from class, or a sibling, but the best person ever (trust me) is your mom, because she will not let you get out of doing your assignments.
If you stop procrastinating, your life will be changed. No more last-minute scrambling before class. No more waking up in the middle of the night worrying about getting a bad grade or turning in an assignment late. You will have more time to do things that you love. Imagine waking up before class, checking your assignments, and realizing you are completely free to do whatever you want until class time. Now that is an amazing feeling.
About the Author:
Name: Sarah Macdonald
Age: I’m 13 and in 8th grade.
How long have you been apart of TPS?
I’ve been in TPS since 2015 (3 years).
What classes are you taking with TPS this year?
I am taking 7 classes this semester – Math, Home Economics: Soap Making and Canning, Thinking Like a Christian, Life Science (honors), Latin 1B, and English 1. Last semester, I also took Grammar Supplement and Home Economics: Cooking and Baking, among the other ones.
What are a few of your hobbies?
Some of my hobbies include gardening, baking, being outdoors (hiking, tubing, swimming, or just hanging out in the woods), organizing/cleaning (I know this is weird, but it’s so satisfying), sewing, playing the piano, reading, and doing DIYs.