10 Tips for Beating Procrastination

Have you ever had so much on your plate that you had no idea how to get started? Don’t worry – you are not alone!  Leaving things for the last minute can be extremely stressful, and can often lead to having to pull unnecessary all-nighters, or having to deal with emotional breakdowns.

Beat procrastination

This blog post is meant to ease your fears and help you beat stress, because having those meltdowns is not worth it. Remember that most of the time, things work out just fine. So let’s get started.

10 ways to beat procrastination:

  1. Know your tasks:

It’s very easy to lose motivation when you have no idea what is expected of you. So, before you start any of your work, make sure you understand the instructions and what you are meant to do.

  1. Get moving:

One of the best ways to free yourself from procrastination is to change your scenery.  Try this: Start your day bright and early,and go for a walk around the block or do some stretches to get the blood flowing through your body. This will change your mindset completely and will help when you need to sit down with your work.

  1. Set a time:

Setting a time for yourself to work can be very effective. For example, 25 minutes is a good length of time to keep focused. After every 25 minutes of concentration, take a break and do something completely different for a short period of time, before getting back to your work for another 25 minutes. This allows your mind to re-energise.

  1. Motivation buddies are vital:

It is the best feeling when you know that people are there to support you.  So when you feel like you are slipping into procrastination, your motivation buddy will be a great help to get you back into the swing of things.

  1. Ask for help:

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it is help from a tutor or a friend, having someone explain things to you can be very useful. At College SA, we give all our students access to a personal tutor. This tutor is available via telephone, e-mail, or Skype, and will attend to any study-related queries that you may have.

  1. Give yourself a break:

Try not to be too hard on yourself if you cannot get out of the procrastination slump for one day. Just work harder the next day to get things done.

  1. Get enough sleep:

You cannot have a full productive day if you go to bed late. You need to recharge at the end of each day, so remember to get at least 6 hours of sleep each night.

  1. Say goodbye to social networks:

Social networks can be very distracting. In order to focus on your work, you need to be strong and turn off all social networks during work time.

  1. Wake up early:

The advantage of waking up early is that it is quiet – giving you time to concentrate and get some work done.

     10.  Relax:

Try to remember that you will be okay! If you fail, it isn’t the end of the world. There are always second chances.

Team Distance Learning

It is no secret that there has always been an ongoing debate regarding distance learning vs. attending a physical campus. My honest opinion is that distance learning is far more beneficial, in so many ways.

My views have not always made me very popular. I have also ended up unintentionally offending and insulting people who have spent many years studying at a physical campus. I would like to share my view points with you, and in doing so, I would like to apologise in advance to anybody I offend. Please bear in mind: I studied through distance learning, and therefore my judgement could be a bit biased.

Distance learning and preparing for the world of work

Firstly, I believe that the world of work is not always a warm and loving place. The world of work can be unfair, hard, and even cruel. Students who enter the working world after studying full-time at a residential college or university often experience culture shock. At a physical campus, you may have friends around you, and it is often a comfortable and fun environment. When you enter into a job, you will soon discover that you are unable to choose the people you work with. It may not be comfortable, and you will have to get on with all sorts of different people. Distance learning removes students from their comfort zones. You are alone with your books – left to fend for yourself, so to speak. Thus, I believe that distance learning prepares students for the real world of work.

Most jobs are going to require you to fend for yourself, be autonomous, and take initiative. Distance learning can teach you all of these things, so that when you enter into the job market, you will not need to spend extra time acquiring all these foreign skills.

Distance learning and skills development

At a physical campus, a fixed timetable is followed, whereas studying via distance learning requires that you follow your own schedule. The time-management skills that you will acquire if you choose to study via distance learning will prove to be invaluable. You will also be forced to learn self-discipline, which is a skill that can be used throughout the rest of your life, both in the working world as well as in your personal life.

Studying via distance learning also gives you the opportunity to study and work at the same time. This can be tough, but the truth is that life is always going to require you to balance a few things at a time. Studying via distance learning provides you with great practice for balancing all the different components of your life. Furthermore, having the opportunity to work and study at the same time allows students to gain that much-needed working experience. Building up work experience while you are studying will give you a head start in your career.

Distance learning and safety

It is not uncommon for physical campuses to have violence, theft and other criminal activities taking place on campus. With distance learning, these potential threats never need to enter your mind. You will always be safe, as you can study from home.

Study with College SA

Just by looking at job advertisements, it will be clear to you that companies are looking for prospective employees who have working experience in conjunction with relevant qualifications. To wait until you are finished with your studies before gaining work experience is going to place you at a disadvantage. Distance learning, on the other hand, gives you the means to obtain these advantages right from the get-go.

I think everybody should go the distance with distance learning. You will acquire a vast range of skills, competencies and self-awareness – far beyond what you will acquire if you attend a physical campus. That is my opinion, and you are welcome to feel differently.

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe.” – Abraham Lincoln