Attacking Procrastination


Rachel Foster

IB students Phebe Herlocher, senior, and Molly Schreiner, junior, cut down their workload by utilizing study time. “It’s easy to stay on top of things if you stay organized and write yourself fake deadlines,” Herlocher said.

Rachel Foster, Yearbook Clubs Editor

Around this time of the year, it is undeniable that every single student is struggling with at least one thing. Assignments, exams, or even finding the motivation to finish late work, can all lead students to their downfall on the unfortunate path of procrastination. In order to finish any marking period strong, attacking procrastination and unearthing healthy study habits is the key to finding success. 

One of the first things people can do to minimize wasted time and maximize productivity is to cut distractions off at the roots. If you are someone who finds comfort in wasting time watching YouTube, making Tik Toks, lying around, etc., then you are someone who is easily distracted. Obviously, it’s not a bad thing to enjoy these things, however, when it comes in the way of healthy habits, something needs to be fixed. In addition to these obvious interruptions, there are also internal distractions such as personal issues. First, identify these external and internal distractions and find ways to limit your time spent on them until your work is done. Afterwards, continue to challenge yourself to block out anything that is setting you back from your goals. 

“My tips for eliminating procrastination; this is very simple, really, very simple. Eliminate distractions, set a goal, and most importantly, make something a habit and let it become part of your day, so that procrastination does not come into play,” shared Mr. Kissell, a teacher in the business department. 

Another simple way to reduce stress due to procrastination is to set yourself up early for deadlines by creating calendars and task lists. Doing this will not only help you feel as though you are on top of things, but it will keep you disciplined and on track to finish challenging assignments. If you are aware that you need help on a project, use any help you can get while you still have time. Teachers are here to help you, and it will save you so much time and pain in the long run. Going off of that, make use of your resources. If you have free time and are struggling to finish a paper, take a visit to the writing center or the Lion’s Learning Lounge. 

Even for teachers, procrastination runs rampant when it comes to completing grading at the end of the marking period. Meghan Doebler, the head of the math department and an AP teacher, is no stranger to this.

“I like to break a task down into smaller parts because it’s easier for me to do small tasks. Additionally, it also takes less motivation to complete those [tasks],” Doebler explained. 

There is no external motivation that will inspire you more than the progress you make. As a learner and student, you are much more capable than the standard you hold yourself to. Don’t look for negatives or excuses as to why you are not getting work done, but instead look for positive moments that will come from achieving your goal. When you achieve a goal, that feeling should drive you to reach another one. 

No inspirational quote can do enough to motivate you to succeed; you must hold yourself accountable and be willing to work through roadblocks.