Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” –George Herbert
We have heard this fascinating quote many times, however taking the first step towards our goal is important to begin with.
Yesterday the Secondary Student Services presented in the assembly a scenario of what procrastination looks like. The idea was that both the adults and students go through the process, though the reasons can vary. Some of the common reasons for procrastination are when we fear failure or challenges and this may feel stressful, so the best thing is to avoid the task. We also use the avoidance-avoidance technique when we want to present something perfectly, in that process sometimes nothing at all gets accomplished. Procrastination is a vicious cycle and the reasons maybe different, however the results are almost the same for everyone example Avoidance, Conflict, Shame/Guilt and then a Repeat.
The good news is that there are strategies to overcome procrastination:
- It is always important to focus on the ‘Why’ you must complete a task.
- Be realistic with the time management.
- Prioritize the tasks.
- Get your calendar out and create a visible timeline.
- Chunk your tasks.
- Get a buddy/parents to give you reminders.
- Optimum environment (no phone, television, close your email).
- Do not try to be perfect.
- You can reflect on your experience of procrastination and take the next positive step forward.
- Above all reward yourself for the small accomplishments you make.
Future conversations with the students will continue this topic.
Harjyot Malhotra Shambhavi Singh,
Head of Student Services. Counselor- Secondary School.