Avoiding Procrastination



You’re working on your paper and you know you have a deadline looming, but, instead of doing your work, you’re doing other things such as playing games on your phone, checking email, and surfing the Web. Sound familiar? Every College student is familiar with procrastination and delaying assignments which can lead to stress and poor grades.

To help increase your grades and reduce stress, follow the five steps below in this handout

The Five Steps to Help Avoid Procrastination

  1. Block Out Distractions
  2. Make A To Do List
  3. Get Organized
  4. Get Motivated
  5. Ask For help

Block Out Distractions

To block out distractions when studying students should be in an environment free from loud noises such as your bedroom, library, book stores, and community centers. Students should also put away and turn off all electronics such as video games, cell phones, tablets, and mp3 players and place them at the other end of the room out of reach.

Make a To Do List

Making a To Do lists is essential for every college student to stay on track. To accomplish this students should make a list of their assignments and note all deadlines. Do the more difficult assignments first, so you don't have to do them at the end.

Get Organized

To get organized college students can use a planner. Using a planner is a great tool for students to organize their work, school work, blogs, to do lists, and much more. Students can buy planner in a monthly, weekly, or daily grid layout. students can also use electronic planners such as OneNote and Planner Plus. To save money free planners are available in the Google Play and iTunes Stores.

Get Motivated

The lack of motivation is one of the main reason why college students procrastinate. It’s frustrating for students to complete assignments if there are no clearly defined goals. Students should make a list of their goals and keep them in sight. Students can also hang motivational posters or pictures around their house to remind them to stay motivated. Students should also reward themselves for small accomplishments and keep in mind the end result of reaching their goals.

Ask For Help

Chances are, you are not the first college student who will ask for help with procrastination. College campus have a wide variety of support services such as academic advisers, professors, learning centers, and mentors that can all help you try to break your procrastination habits.

College students can also visit the links below to learn more about avoiding procrastination.

The University of Chicago: Student Counseling Services


Princeton University: The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning


The University of Maine: The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Advising Center


MindTools: Overcoming Procrastination Manage Your Time. Get It All Done