How to avoid procrastinating

procrastination

Sometimes it seems easier to put off undesirable assignments until the very last minute. That is until your forced to pull an all-nighter that leaves you exhausted the next day.

For the most part, our reasons for delaying and avoiding homework are often rooted in being overwhelmed by the task at hand, as well as fear and anxiety about doing poorly. But in reality, procrastination only makes our life, and schoolwork, more stressful.

If your a chronic procrastinator hoping to have a successful year at Vancouver Career College in Burnaby or CDI College, here are some effective ways to help you make more effective use of your time -- without delay. 

1. Get organized as soon as possible

You won’t be able to do any school work if you don't know what assignments need to be completed. Invest in a daytimer or start using the calendar app on your phone. These tools will make it much easier for you to keep track of individual class assignments and important due dates. The more concrete your starting time is, the more likely you’ll actually get started.

2. Set simple, achievable goals

If a big assignment from your prof at CDI college is overwhelming you then why not divide it into shorter manageable tasks. It’s a lot easier to get started on a school project when you establish simple, reachable goals rather than just having a big, vague plan. Instead of telling yourself, "I'll study Event Planning tonight,” say, "I'll study Introduction to Event Planning tonight." This will make your assignment less intimidating and easier to start. 

3. Set a deadline

It's important to set a specific date for when you want your assignments to be accomplished. If you have a project due in a month, aim to have it completed one or two days in advance of the deadline. That way, if something unexpected happens, you still have extra time to complete it. 

4. Get rid of distractions

It’s important to distance yourself from all potential distractions before you begin an assignment so you don’t get sidetracked halfway through. If you tend to spend too much time checking social media when you should be studying for your health care assistant course at Vancouver Career College, then shut your phone off until your done. Try listening to classical music or white noise if your home is noisy. Alternatively, you could head over to the Burnaby Public Library for some distraction-free study time. 

5. Time yourself then take a break

Sometimes we don’t start an assignment because we don’t want to commit the next four hours to it. To prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed or burning out, set a timer for 60 minutes. When the timer goes off, take a 10–15-minute break. Listen to music, take a walk, or hang out with friends — anything that will take your mind off of your CDI short courses for a while and help you to relax.