Procrastination….. What is Procrastination? A common problem or habit Putting off doing high priority tasks and instead filling the time doing trivial.

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<ul><li><p>Procrastination.</p></li><li><p>What is Procrastination?A common problem or habitPutting off doing high priority tasks and instead filling the time doing trivial tasks or nothing at all.What is your procrastination activity of choice?</p></li><li><p>Procrastination and its Causes1. Poor time management If this is the cause, the solution would be to learn and develop time management skills</p></li><li><p>Procrastination and Its Causes2. Lack of RelevanceIf something is neither relevant nor meaningful to you personally, it may be difficult to get motivated even to begin.</p></li><li><p>Procrastination and Its Causes3. Acceptance of Anothers GoalsIf a project has been imposed or assigned to you and it is not consistent with your own interests, you may be reluctant to spend the necessary time to see it to conclusion.</p></li><li><p>Procrastination and Its Causes4. PerfectionismHaving unreachable standards will discourage you from pursuing a task. Remember, perfection is unattainable.</p></li><li><p>Procrastination and Its Causes5. Evaluation AnxietySince others responses to your work are not under your direct control, overvaluing these responses can create the kind of anxiety that will interfere with work getting accomplished</p></li><li><p>Procrastination and Its Causes6. AmbiguityIf you are uncertain of what is expected of you, it may be difficult to get started.</p></li><li><p>Procrastination and Its Causes7. Fear of the UnknownIf you are venturing into a new realm or field, you dont have any way of knowing how well youll do. Such an uncertain outcome may inhibit your desire to begin.</p></li><li><p>Procrastination and Its Causes8. Inability to handle the taskIf through lack of training, skill, or ability you feel that you lack the personal resources to do the job, you may avoid it completely.</p></li><li><p>Forms of ProcrastinationWe act as though if we ignore a task, it will go away. The mid-term exam in your chemistry class is not likely to vaporize, no matter how much you ignore it. My appointment statistics cannot enter themselves.</p></li><li><p>Forms of ProcrastinationWe underestimate the work involved in the task, or overestimate our abilities and resources in relationship to the task. You tell yourself that you grasp concepts so easily that you need only spend one hour on the physics problems which would normally take you six. I think I can enter my course evaluations at lunch time when I do not even know how to enter them as yet.</p></li><li><p>Forms of ProcrastinationWe deceive ourselves into believing that a mediocre performance or lesser standards are acceptable.You deceive yourself that a 2.3 GPA will still get you into the medical school of your choice. I tell myself that I will make a good documentary film as soon as I get the rest of my life in order.</p></li><li><p>Forms of ProcrastinationWe substitute one worthy activity for another.You clean the apartment instead of working on a term paper or assignment. I create this power point presentation instead of keeping up with my paper work.</p></li><li><p>Forms of ProcrastinationWe believe that repeated delays are harmless.You put off writing your paper or math assignment so you can watch five minutes of your favorite television program. I put off doing my paper work by taking a little nap</p></li><li><p>Forms of ProcrastinationWe dramatize a commitment to a task rather than actually doing it.You decline invitations to pleasurable events, but still you do not pursue the work at hand or get needed relaxation. I dont call my adult children on the phone because I have too much paper work to do.</p></li><li><p>Forms of ProcrastinationWe become paralyzed in deciding between alternative choices.You spend so much time deciding between two term paper topics that you dont have sufficient time to write the paper. Note on a nursing professors door: A D paper is an A paper that was handed in too early.</p></li><li><p>Overcoming Procrastination1. Mind Management:Extract from the above examples, those principles which apply to you.Make honest decisions about your work. Weigh the consequences of various amounts of investment in a project and find optimal return for your investment.</p></li><li><p>Overcoming Procrastination2. Task Management:Acquire an adequate understanding of what is necessary to accomplish a task within a given time frame.Develop an overview of the entire project and visualize the steps that are needed to reach completion.</p></li><li><p>Overcoming Procrastination3. Time ManagementDo unpleasant tasks.Set a starting time.Assign a time slot for work on a task.Develop a daily priority list.Guard against diversions.Always have your datebook-calendar-organizer with you.</p></li><li><p>ReferenceCounseling Centre at the University of Illinois: </p><p>For most of us, the word reminds us of past experiences where we have felt guilty, lazy, inadequate, anxious or stupid or a combination of these It implies a value judgment..if you procrastinate you are doing something wrong.It may have been that last year, you ended up taking courses because someone suggested them or you had been successful taking it in high school. However, you soon recognize that you do not like the course, it is not what you had assumed and it isnt anything that you will be able to use in pursuing a career. In other words, it has no RELEVANCE.Perhaps you came to STFX because other members of your family did or maybe you took sciences because your high school guidance counsellor or your parents told you that there would be more job opportunities available after you graduated. What do you remember when you get a test back the answers you got right or the answers you got wrong. Give yourself permission to make mistakes. Perfectionism leads to burnout, stress and depression. Learn from them and move on. As soon as you know you need help GET IT. You can minimize the number of unknowns. How? By talking with your professor about his or her expectations. By logging on to course compass and looking at some model documents. By going to the Reserve Desk in the library and asking for any old tests or exams. By talking with students who have taken the course before you.GET A TUTOR. CONTACT THE WRITING CENTER. This step exposes intentional reasons fro avoiding work. It you have been unintentionally avoiding work, admit to yourself that you do want to achieve certain goals and accept the responsibilities involved in meeting those goals. If you wish to spend only a minimal amount of effort or time on a particular task, admit it do not allow guilt feelings to interfere with your realization of this fact.Admit procrastinationBe good to yourself by removing the anxiety of procrastinationDont use fatigue or illness as an escapeLive for the present (five minutes at a time)Give self rewardsRefrain from self-punishmentAppreciate the intermediate steps/accomplishmentsOccasionally procrastinate with a clear conscience but only after all your papers are handed in.</p><p>Distinguish between activities which dramatize your sense of commitment and those which will help you accomplish the task. Devote only that amount of time which is appropriate for each part of a taskDo unpleasant tasks in small piecesArrange the environmentFind a leading task to get you startedTake actionKeep records of successful work periods or projectsCommit with friends to a problemTurn difficult tasks into games</p></li></ul>


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