It’s Sunday morning. You’ve made it to the library, your schedule is totally clear for the day, and you’re planning to make a major dent in your work for the week. Before you start, you just want to quickly check Facebook in case anyone has posted photos from that party last night…
Next thing you know, it’s 4pm and all you’ve done is open your stats textbook to the correct page. Don’t worry; we’ve all been there. To help you avoid those all-nighters, here are 5 tips to stop your Sunday procrastination:
Split up the Work
It can be overwhelming to see all the work you have in front of you. Where do you even start? Your assignments can feel a lot less daunting if you break them down into smaller subtasks. Rather than thinking about an entire essay you need to write, it’s way more manageable to first focus on creating an outline.
Give Yourself a Break
No one can focus for hours at a time – you end up not working effectively. Heading to the gym, or even a brisk 5 minute walk outside the library will keep you refreshed, alert, and ready to jump back into studying. Another good idea is meeting your friends for a meal at the cafeteria – it’s a great break from the library and a chance to grab something other than coffee, redbull, and vending machine snacks.
Prepare to Focus
Don’t tell yourself that you can be productive while doing homework in your bed. Next thing you know, you’ll be re-watching the entire first season of Breaking Bad under the covers. Head to the library, a quiet study area, or at the very least, sit at a desk. With fewer distractions around and a focused mindset, you’ll be less inclined to procrastinate.
You need some motivation to keep focused on a grueling day of homework. Try rewarding yourself every time you cross something off your to-do-list or finish a task in the hour of time you gave yourself. Good study rewards could be checking your Instagram and other social media accounts, taking a lap around the library to chat with friends, or even watching a quick episode of your most recent Netflix addiction.
Use Some Self Control
If you can, keep that laptop closed! You’re going to get a lot less done if you’re scanning Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit every five minutes. If you need to use more drastic measures, try out “Self Control App” on the iTunes store. You can block your favorite, time-wasting websites and set a timer for how long they’re off-limits. Not even deleting the app will get those sites unblocked for you.