• break up your goal into smaller pieces
• make sure to carve out time you need
• always add in a cushion of time to handle any issues that pop up later
• make a list of tasks, even a simple list can go a long way
• try to avoid distractions
• avoid distractions but do a break and recharge then go back in it
• set reminders for yourself
• use tools that are available like a calendar app or a note taking or even a white board to take notes
• reward yourself for small victories, even little bit you do is good
Remember you are very capable and can certainly accomplish what you want to do.
You pretty much answered your question in your summary, it is stressful because you are waiting until the last minute. Coming from personal experience, procrastinating can create a lot of stress. I would practice time management and setting some time aside to complete your schoolwork. Outline your schedule each week and pencil in time to complete your work while also setting time for personal fun.
I prepare and plan in advance. Procrastination is not a time management problem; rather, it's likely due to difficulty managing negative feelings like boredom or anxiety. But avoiding negative emotions and important tasks tends to lend to much worse outcomes in the long run, including more stress and regret. Changing your mindset, rewarding yourself for progress, and letting go of perfectionism can all help you overcome procrastinating tendencies. Everyone has put off a task at some point in their life. Andrea's list of items are on target. Here are a few more tips to help you get things on the right track:
• Stop making a huge deal out of it
• Focus on your long-term goals
• Mark it down on your calendar
• Set yourself up for success
• Stop making excuses
• Partner with someone on the task
• Choose a good environment that maximize your productivity
• You don't have to be a perfectionist
I hope this was helpful. Best of luck to you Natalie!
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