Overcoming Procrastination This powerpoint is designed for students who need advice on managing procrastination. The format of the Workshop is different to this powerpoint. Adam Sandelson and Chris Nancarrow LSE Student Counselling Service. Aims. Examine difficulties with procrastination
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This powerpoint is designed for students who need advice on managing procrastination. The format of the Workshop is different to this powerpoint.
Adam Sandelson and Chris Nancarrow
LSE Student Counselling Service
What is procrastination?
Ask yourself from time to time:
How am I using my mental and physical energy now?
Is this good use of my time?
Identify priorities/commitments for the week ahead and write on blank sheet lectures/classes; leisure activities; paid work; time for self; adequate rest/sleep.
acknowledge what you have achieved
save mental energy
be purposeful and realistic
meet deadlines and keep up with work
have effective study time and effective relaxation
Enjoy yourself without guilt and worry
Ignore the essay title, plunge into reading, make copious
notes, get overwhelmed with information and then start
worrying about producing a coherent account.
Budget about an hour for each sheet, half of which will be allocated to the draft.
Don’t worry about being stylish.
Clarity is much more important.
Keep asking questions and finding answers.
Let go of the tortuous process of putting the essay together like a jigsaw
Use the essay to examine answers to your own curiosity
Remember - is it a book or an essay?
Use a daily schedule and weekly diary
Prioritise and set achievable targets
Avoid avoidant activities!
Experiment with your standards for success. Try for 80% or even 60%
Focus on the process of doing an activity not just the end result.
Evaluate success in terms of what you accomplished and whether you enjoyed the task.
Check your feelings. Monitor feelings of anxiety and depression. Don’t set up impossible expectations
Face your fears that may be behind your procrastination - What am I afraid of? What is the worst thing that could happen?"
Celebrate your mistakes
What kind of internal pressure do I put myself when preparing to work…?
What negative thoughts get in the way of working?
Where do these come from?
Look after yourself (diet, sleep)
Keep a supportive structure for
your daily life; have relaxation time
See writing as a time of discovery
Recall past achievements
Challenge negative thoughts
Imagine looking back at the task in
3 or 6 months time