It’s great that you want to learn how to stop procrastinating. Because the stress and frustration that comes with being a last-minute worker/ learner are tough.

Procrastination is the act of delaying or putting off tasks until the last minute, or past their deadline. Some researchers define procrastination as a “form of self-regulation failure characterized by the irrational delay of tasks despite potentially negative consequences.

It’s probably tempting for you to stop reading this post halfway through and say to yourself, “I’ll read it later.” But the truth is that if you stop here, you’re unlikely to remember to continue reading this post. Learning how to stop procrastinating is different from practically overcoming the habit.

Around 20% of adults in the United States are chronic procrastinators, according to Joseph Ferrari. A psychology professor at DePaul University in Chicago and the author of “Still Procrastinating: The No Regret Guide to Getting It Done.” Also, according to a 2007 meta-analysis published in the Psychological Bulletin, 80% to 95% of college students procrastinate regularly. Especially when it comes to completing projects and coursework.


Causes of Procrastination

Apart from the causes below, procrastination may also be a symptom of an underlying mental health condition such as depression, or ADHD. See a specialist.

  • overestimating the period students have to complete things.
  • overestimating their motivation in the future.
  • underestimating how long it will take to perform tasks.
  • falsely believing that they must be in the right frame of mind to work on a task.



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Passive and Active Procrastinators

Experts in the field have classified procrastinators into two: passive and active. Passive procrastinators postpone doing projects because they have difficulty making decisions and acting on them. This could be due to a personality trait. While active procrastinators purposely postpone projects because working under pressure makes them “feel challenged and motivated.” What type of procrastinator are you?



How to Stop Procrastinating

  • Listen to instrumental music. I found this hack a few weeks ago and it has boosted my productivity significantly. Try it!
  • Get rid of distractions by finding out what takes your attention off important tasks and getting rid of them.
  • Divide larger projects into smaller, more manageable tasks. Some projects may appear complex and intimidating at first, but if you break them down, they may be easier to complete.
  • Take one step at a time. Don’t try to combine many smaller tasks at the same time. Because you can easily burn out and procrastinate the rest of the tasks.
  • Write a To-Do List. This might seem too common but it does magic. Writing a To-Do helps you to track your activities for the day and motivates you to get things done. I love the serotonin boost whenever I cross off an item from my To-Do List.


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