Why is it so challenging to overcome procrastination? Your professor assigns you a project next month, then you see yourself rushing through it a day before the deadline.
Familiar story? We’re all fond of procrastination! In SHS, we have over 8 subjects with specific projects or output needed to be submitted asap.
Juggling all of these requires strict time management. But instead of focusing on completing these, we see ourselves doing a Netflix marathon, uploading Tiktok videos, or joining livestreams.
I , myself, have a very bad habit of procrastinating! Ever since I entered senior high, this problem got worse! I tried so many ways of searching but all of them failed miserably. Instead of focusing on the bad habit, I learned to deal with it.
Here are the steps I’ve personally made and tried it numerable times with a 99.99% success. This is proven and tested by yours truly.
6 Steps to Overcome Procrastination
1. Do the GOS (Gather/Organize/Sort).
In order to make your work faster, you need to do GOS. First, gather information to save time. Trust me! Saving time is an absolute key to stop procrastination. For SHS students, every second counts.
Once you gathered info, organize them immediately. The data you have will let you know how much tasks you have at the moment. It’s a clear way of checking the deadline, and prioritize them immediately.
The last one is sorting. Sorting the data from the easiest to hardest or vice-versa (feel free to do what makes you more comfortable). It depends on your work style so you should know how fast you could work.
2. Make a schedule to overcome procrastination.
I don’t know how people can survive without scheduling. Schedule helps someone, especially Filipino SHS students, to understand what to submit on that day.
When you know that the project is set next week, don’t wait until that day before you start preparing. Try give each task at least 3 days to finish them.
3. Set deadline for every task.
We don’t want to procrastinate and stay up late to finish the workloads right SHS students? Why not try adjusting your deadline earlier than the actual due date?
For example, your professor told you to finish it on April 5. On your scheduler, try to put April 2 as your personal deadline. Just imagine how much stress you can save yourself from.
4. Bring your alarm clock next to you!
I’m not just talking about waking up early in the morning. I’m literally talking about alarm clock for every task. For example, you want to finish your task in one hour!
If you have free hours, only allot 1 hour for that. Please do it or else you will spend the whole afternoon looking for a research topic.
5. Start Writing.
After going through all step, you’re now allowed to start writing and let your creative mind do the work. When you feel stressed, you can keep a journal.
This helps releasing every idea you have. Not everyone loves to write but there are other ways. You can tweet, post videos, etc.
6. Repeat the cycle until you overcome procrastination!
Yep! There’s no other way to do it but to make all of these tips your habit! Repeat until you totally forget that dark side of yours.
When I practiced these tips, I was so proud on how far I went. Despite the number of projects, I learned how to overcome this bad habit.
I wish for you to get the same results!