Dealing With Procrastination

Dealing With Procrastination
College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, McMinnville, OR

I found two that I plan on using: the Pareto Principle and the Make the Task Easy strategy. The Pareto Principle has you focus your effort on the 20% of the project that actually makes a difference, instead of the 80% that won't add much.

The Make the Task Easy strategy includes breaking assignments into smaller parts, sandwiching hard stuff in between pleasant stuff, and taking short breaks as well as a few other suggestions. The main idea behind all of these strategies is to figure out what will work best for you.

Dealing with Procrastination
Sydney Chapin, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Mcminnville, OR

While reading this article I learned that 20% of your effort will bring you 80% of your results. I also learned that sandwiching hard stuff in between pleasant stuff can help make doing work easier. The final thing I learned is that thinking of a time when you made it work can help reduce anxiety about doing work.

Two things I found interesting is that breaking down tasks into smaller parts and setting specific time limits for each part can help you not procrastinate and that knowing what distracts you and getting rid of it (turning off your phone) can help you do your work on time.

One thing I would like to know more about is how does anxiety affect procrastinating?

Procrastination Away
Maria Conover, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

I learned that I need do incorporate setting a timer and not stopping until I'm finished doing a given homework assignment. If I'm struggling I need to get help by getting a tutor, talking with my classmates, or going to the tutoring center. I need do to difficult tasks in-between easier ones to avoid anxiety. All procrastinators need to reward themselves when they finish a task.

The thing I found interesting is taking short breaks because I generally don't. It will probably ease the stress to take a breather.

To set artificial deadlines is a great idea to stay focused. What is the perfect short break? 15 minutes? 20?


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