Procrastination and how you can beat it!

These last few weeks of school are considered “crunch time” by many girls. This is a time of never-ending piles of papers, projects and tests. It is a time of constant pressure to get good grades on every assignment. And it is a time when a lot of us procrastinate.

Procrastination is when we don’t do things because we have too much going on, or simply because we don’t want to do them. We might make excuses like, “I’m just going to take a little nap, and then I’ll start my homework,” or “I’ll check my wall on New Moon really quickly and then get going on that paper.” Often the excuse might sound something like, “This isn’t due until Thursday, so I don’t really have to start it yet…”

Procrastination is a natural, human thing to do, but its consequences are almost always worse than if we just did what we were supposed to. We procrastinate because we are stressed, afraid or don’t want to deal with a particular thing. But you can only put things off for so long. Sooner or later, you will have to do it and those feelings will still be there but even worse.
Dr. Roni Cohen Sandler mentions some of the reasons why we procrastinate and some strategies to beat the slump:

Sleepiness: After sitting all day and working hard in school, you might very sleepy when you get home. It is hard to sit down and start back up on homework. But before you decide to take a “quick nap,” try taking a walk instead. You will be more energized afterwards and ready to be productive. 
Hunger: Our bodies need fuel to function productively. Dr. Roni suggests having a quick snack such as nuts, cheese or yogurt to boost your brainpower. For more snack ideas, check out Appetizers and Snacks Recipes.
 Brain overload: Our bodies and minds get exhausted when we have too much going on and no time to rest. If this is your struggle, try making a list of the most important things you need to get done and do those first. Also, taking short breaks in between assignments is a way to relax and a nice reward for finishing something.
 Stress: Sometimes it seems that there is just too much to do so you just don’t want to do anything. In this case, Dr. Roni suggests to take a few minutes to breath deeply and relax. Or, try getting active by going for a jog when you get home from school. These things will lower your feelings of stress and make you feel more alert. Click here for more stress-relieving ideas!
Dr. Roni says the best strategy to beating procrastination is self-discipline: making ourselves do something even when we don’t want to. Even though it’s not going to be easy, it will be well worth it in the end. Procrastinating will never solve a problem, it will only make it worse. If you push through these last few weeks of school you will be able be proud of all your hard work and determination!

Is it sometimes hard for you to not procrastinate? How do you get around procrastination to get your work done?

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