As we venture into exam season, I thought doing a little post on procrastination would be quite fitting. It seems that when revision becomes more important, procrastination becomes more prominent. SO here’s how I manage to avoid being overcome by procrastination:
1 – PLAN
I am a planner. Always have been and always will be. And I think it’s something that really helps me avoid waisting my time. Whether it’s a timetable or a to-do list, writing down a plan will help you focus on the tasks in front of you and stop you from sitting at your desk, flicking through some notes wondering where to take them.
TOP TIP: Plan what you want to do the day before so that you’re ready to focus when you get up in the morning!
2 – REMOVE DISTRACTION
This seems like an obvious one, but you’re never going to be able to focus if you have notifications popping up to you all the time. Put your phone somewhere else, put your laptop on ‘do not disturb’ mode and start concentrating. If you need your phone for use as a timer etc, turn it onto airplane mode to minimise the temptation to have a ‘quick’ scroll through instagram.
TOP TIP: If you struggle keeping away from apps, download a habit tracker to keep you going!
3 – TAKE TIME OFF
Revision is all about balance. If you keep yourself locked away you’ll soon get bored of your surroundings and won’t be able to concentrate. Take time to do things you love, whether that’s taking the dog for a walk, meeting a friend for a coffee or going shopping, so that when it comes to revising your mind has been refreshed and you’ll be able to work more productively.
TOP TIP: Plan your time off in advance so you have something to look forward to!
4 – BE PREPARED
There is nothing worse than sitting down to revise, not having the relevant materials around you, and then faffing around wasting time to try and find everything. If you know you’re going to be attempting a past paper, print it off BEFORE you start you study session so it is there for you and ready to go. If you think you’ll be thirsty, grab a drink before hand and have it on your desk to save time interrupting your focus. I always keep a jug of water and a glass on my desk so that I’m never short of something to drink close by!
TOP TIP: Keep your desk area organised so that everything is easy to find!
5 – DON’T FORCE YOURSELF
This may seem to contradict the purpose of this post, but trust me, there is nothing worse than forcing yourself to work when your head isn’t in to it. It’s totally okay to have days where you just can’t concentrate, and on those days it’s better for your revision and for your head just to get away and do something else. If those days are persisting, defo try and sit at your desk to get work done, otherwise you’ll be FULL of revision guilt, but your time will be more valuable if you acknowledge that sometimes it’s just not possible to concentrate.
TOP TIP: If you can’t get your head into revision, try doing some other productive task instead such as filing or re-organising notes, so that you still feel that you’ve achieved something!