Students, are you dragging your feet too much?By Editor
Procrastination: we’ve all had it. And it’s not just a generational thing. Whilst you may have found yourself caught in an endless cycle of YouTube videos, in the past your parents probably vegged out for hours watching their favourite VHS tapes. Moreover, your grandparents almost certainly sat around idly, listening to the programmes of radio’s golden age.
However, that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t hurt to perhaps cut down a bit on your lollygagging, as university accommodation service Vita Student has found that students spend two months of a year procrastinating. That’s around 1460 hours literally doing nothing but thinking about doing something.
According to the survey, a quarter of the university attendees that took part admitted to spending, on average, 4 hours a day doing nothing of any merit.
Almost half (49%) of those who contributed to the study said that they mainly frittered many hours on social media channels.
So how can one avoid dawdling? Here are a few tips to keep you in check.
Make a to-do list.
The thought of a massive project is always going to make you freak you out. Therefore, it is always a good idea to carefully go through your task so you know exactly what’s asked of you, work out how it’s going to be done and break up your assignment into bite size, manageable chunks. Better still, write this list down in bold and put it on your wall, where you can tick it off as you go.
Have short, regular breaks.
Staying in the same place can make you start going stir crazy. Get outside, get some fresh air and have a nice think. Not only will it help you divide your workload, making it feel more easy to tackle, but a new environment tends to help you think of more ideas.
Get a study group going.
As long as they’re not as bad as you, it’s always a good idea to work in a unit. Not only will it help you keep in mind that everyone is in the same boat, you will also be able to bounce ideas around. However, if the people you have over tend to be a distraction, then it’ll only be counterproductive to your progress.
If you don’t require the internet, then keep away from it.
As aforementioned, social media is the number vice of students, so if you’re working on something that you don’t need the internet for, then don’t use it. It will only serve as a temptation.
If all else fails, create a role-play game where you live in a world where YouTube doesn’t exist.
It’s worth a shot, isn’t it? Or you could just go to a nice, quiet library that’s full of academic facilities.