10 ways to beat procrastination and get your dissertation finished on time
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Michael Tefula, author of Student Procrastination and How to Get a First, knows a thing or two about getting over the absolute, genuine need to watch cat videos that you have every afternoon. Here are his ten top tips… 1. Start Small Research shows that when people break tasks into smaller steps they procrastinate less. Writing a paragraph is less intimidating and off-putting than writing a page. So start small and work your way up to larger parts of your work. 2. Build Momentum by Doing a Little Everyday The only way to avoid all-nighters and the stress of last-minute efforts is by spreading your work over a long period of time. By starting small (e.g. a paragraph a day), you will soon feel more motivated to work as you see your work develop into a much larger piece. 3. Don’t Wait on Motivation No, you won’t feel like it tomorrow. It’s better to get over the pain now by starting today. I guarantee the pain won’t be as bad as you expect it to be. In fact, many students find that when they push past the need to be motivated and work regardless, things gets easier and they become more motivated with time. 4. Stay Active to Stay Focused Sometimes we put off our work because we do not feel like it. Here’s an alternative that’s better than caffeine: physical fitness. Studies show that people who are in good shape generally have more energy and focus. So if you aren’t ‘feeling like it’ today, a run in the park might energise you more than you think. 5. Don’t Write Yourself Off Procrastination can be caused by a lack of confidence or a fear of failure. Therefore if you are putting your work off because you are worried about not being good enough, remember this: You made it this far (to the final term or final year of university) and so you are definitely capable of doing well in whatever academic task you are faced with.
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