How to leave the ProcrastiNATION

Kaitlyn Wilson

If you are like the majority of high school students who procrastinate, then keep reading. This how-(not) to is just for you.

Distractions are a common cause of procrastination. Students often find it difficult to do homework while the temptations of things like social media and video games are present. Another form of distraction that students face is a noisy home. If these issues apply to you, seclude yourself. Find a quiet place to work far away from technology. Turn your devices on silent and leave them in a different room. Senior Lexi Clark said, “It’s hard to balance life outside of school with all of the homework that gets assigned, so procrastination gives me free time on some nights. Delegating more time for homework each night would help to stop it.”

Many students put completing tasks or homework assignments off because they fear that they will not be any good at it. Rather than just giving up, set time aside to learn about that topic. If problems still arise, try asking for guidance from someone who may know what to do. Bouncing ideas off another person may become helpful. As the saying goes, two heads are better than one. Senior Even Pruzynski said, “I think I procrastinate because I fear being bad at anything, or just generally not good on the first try. I’m trying to fix this by pushing through and always completing what I’m assigned, no matter my fears or anxieties.”

For many people, time management does not come so easy. If you are one of those people who waits to complete a task until the last minute because you think you will have time

and then underestimates the amount of time that task actually takes, you may end up short. It might be helpful or beneficial to you to make a list of what needs to be done and try starting earlier than you originally planned just to be safe. Give yourself deadlines before the actual deadline. You might also find it helpful to reward yourself for finishing early or give yourself consequences for finishing late or not at all.

If you get stuck on something, move on and come back to it with a fresh angle. Do not just give up. You should be realistic as well and not set impossible goals. This will only give you more of a reason to procrastinate. Senior Ashleigh Cox said, “I procrastinate because it’s so much easier to do anything other than what you’re supposed to do. Doing whatever the task is straight away helps to ensure everything gets done in a timely manner.”

Students just like you struggle with time management. By following these helpful tips, you can work towards not procrastinating and de-stressing your life.