Since most online learning is done entirely at home (or wherever else one chooses to work), it is especially important for e-learners to be prepared to tackle procrastination. Here are 10 tips to beat procrastination:
- Reward yourself. You know what you like. Whether it is shopping, conversation, baking, etc., promise to reward yourself for getting a certain amount of work done.
- Set small goals. A work load can often be daunting and prevent students from starting. Take it bit by bit.
- Set earlier deadlines. Some students do their best work under pressure. If that is your case, consider setting personal, earlier deadlines to encourage you to complete the assignments.
- Just start. Whether it is reading only an article or two or simply getting a paragraph on paper, once you begin it will be easier to continue, even if it is at a later point.
- Create accountability. Make a deal with a fellow student that you will each complete a certain amount of work by a pre-designated time. This accountability to a classmate can encourage you to finish.
- Use a timer. If you allow yourself to take breaks, use a timer on your computer to remind you to stop surfing the web and return to your required activity.
- Evaluate the distractors. Sometimes an opportunity arises which is too great to refuse. Recognize which distractors are worthwhile and which will only hurt you in the long run.
- Turn off social media. Silence your phone and log off social media sights so that you will not be tempted by any friendly alerts.
- Do some easy tasks. Try starting with a quick and easy assignment to get you into the studying mindset.
- Compartmentalize. If something else important is fighting for your attention, put it off. Don’t say that you cannot think about – just that you will think about it soon.
Let us know – how do you overcome procrastination?