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- Set simple goals that you can achieve
Part of the reason why we delay is because the work we are facing seems very daunting. It is much easier to get started on a project when you set up simple, achievable goals rather than a big, vague plan. Instead of thinking, “I’m going to study biology tonight,” say, “I’m going to study chapter six tonight.” This makes your goals less fearful and achievable. Read this blog to face your goals for more tips.
- Create a timeline / schedule
After you set your goals, create a timeline for achieving them. This could be a schedule for studying your next major exams (“Tuesday, I will read chapter five, and on Wednesday I will read chapter six”), or it could be a map of what you have to write (“Saturday, I will write an introduction and conclusion”). Skipping an assignment into smaller chunks over time makes it much easier.
- Set a deadline
Many people get caught up in the cycle of “Someday, I’ll edit my notes,” or “I’ll get to the end of that math schoolwork.” The truth of “one day” and “finally” never comes. It is important to set a specific date when you want your goals to be achieved. If you have an assignment that you would like to have, try to complete it a day or two in advance. That way, if something unexpected happens, you have more time to finish it.
- Remove distractions
It is important to eliminate any distractions before you start working so that you do not become unnecessarily distracted during your work. If you are accustomed to spending too much time on Snapchat or Instagram when you have to read, then turn off your phone (remotely). Disorders can also be external sources, such as annoying siblings. Try listening to old music or white noise to choke their endless conversation. Alternatively, you can switch study areas all together and head down to your local library or coffee shop, where you can clear your mind and learn not to be distracted.
- Time for yourself
When you are loaded with assignments, it is easy to overwork them. Also, our brains can only handle so much detail and focus at the same time! So how long should you study? Everyone is different, but most experts agree on 50 to 90 minutes. Set a timer for a focus study or work block to protect yourself from the heat.
You may need to try to find your “beautiful place” for the length of time you spend studying. According to the Atlantic, the full production formula works for 52 minutes and then breaks 17.
- Take a break
It is important to take a deep breath in homework regularly. When your timer turns off, take a 10-30 minute break. Listen to music, take a walk, wash clothes, or shout a pillow – anything that distracts your mind from work and allows you to relax.
- Use stimulants
Everyone loves to be rewarded. It is important that you give yourself incentives, no matter how small. It could be something as simple as, “If I work in this assignment for an hour, I’ll watch an episode of my favorite TV show tonight.” Or it could be a big goal like, “If I get an A in math this semester, I’m going to my favorite restaurant.” It is easy to pay attention when something is in danger.
- Get the hard stuff done first
This can make you want to turn everything back. It’s hard to do what you don’t want to do. But guess what? Once you’re done, it’s over! It’s best to complete your most challenging assignments first. That way everything after it seems simple and takes a short time. If you keep pushing the English text back, you will never accomplish it. It’s best to tie it down and just do it.
- Tell someone about your goal
It’s easy to forget about assignments or postpone them if you’re the only one who’s committed. If you really want to do something, tell a friend or family member. Now someone is putting you in charge of your goals. You cannot undo or delete it. As an added bonus, you also have someone to celebrate your victory with, no matter how small. Whether you got an A in that physics test or completed a project a few days earlier, your friend will be there to support you.