Posted by : Ridwan Sobirin Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ridwan Sobirin, an Unpad student has an essay due tomorrow morning, and he has not started it yet. He has to work until closing at his job and will not get home until 11 p.m.  He is not worried about the grade his paper will earn that he cannot concentrate and complete even the outline before he goes to work.
Because he has waited until the last minute, he is sure that he will fail the paper and the class. He is too embarrassed to ask his friends for help. Instead of working his paper, he spends his time feeling anxious, worried about his grades and angry with himself. He needs to find a more effective way to deal with his schoolwork.

Thanks to Stephen Edward who defines procrastination as a process of avoiding task that you have agreed to accomplish. Although many procrastinations seem calm on the outside, most feel guilty even depressed about not completing their work on time. A habit of procrastination can cause someone a great deal of difficulty in school and can cause even worse problems in later life.

Writing a paper at the last minute may get you through school, but if you continue to turn your work in late to boss or supervisor, you could be fired or demoted. The most successful students and those who accomplish the most on job overcome the urge of procrastinate.

The best way to quit procrastination is to realize that this habit is not making our life easier. On the contrary, it is making your life more difficult and could ruin your college career and job opportunities. It is a myth that most people do their best work at the last minute. Very few students can write an A-quality essay an hour or two hour before it is due.

We need to begin earlier and plan better. Following are the six tips from Stephen Edward to help you accomplish your goals on time without waiting until the last minute:

Small and Specific Project: Instead of focusing on the whole project, divide it into steps. Make each step into small, specific goals. For example, do not plan to study every night for a week. Plan to study from 3.30 to 5:30 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Meanwhile for Friday and Thursday you can start from 5.30 to 7.30. 

Instant Reward: Reward yourself for accomplishing the specific task that you have set for yourself. Rewarding yourself will help you complete the small and specific task that make up the big project. 

Good Work Place: Figure out where you get the most work done. For example some students work better at home, library, study hall, or even at coffee shop. 

Realistic Task Estimation: Start by doubling your time estimates. If you think it will take 1 hour to read a chapter, give yourself 2 hours to complete the task.

Getting Started: Instead of tring to making it perfect, just get it done. No matter how terrible the first draft is, you can always rewrite or rethink it. It is much easier to rewrite than to try to write it from scratch.

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