Procrastination is a universal human trait; we all do it at some point in our lives. But how we handle procrastination varies from person to person. Some of us are natural "go getters" who tackle projects and problems needing very little prompting while others...well, not so much.
The latter can consequently spell bad news for students who, in their formative years, are creating the work habits that effect them not only today, but into their adult lives, too.
The good news? Procrastination can be managed and redirected, making life less stressful and frustrating for students and parents alike. Below are some helpful tips you can implement to help your child to stop procrastinating and start studying.
1. Introduce Goals
Guide your child by setting goals together. By laying down a clear vision of how to reach the completed assignment or project, your child can visualize the roadmap ahead. Set dates for when goals are to be reached by.
2. Try Bite-Sized Tasks
Small, un-intimidating tasks will not be as overwhelming. Have your child complete small tasks in succession to get the ball rolling and build momentum. Share with your child that a task is meant to be completed before a new one is started to avoid getting overwhelmed.
3. Leave Out The What Ifs
Concerns and inhibitions about a task can make procrastination harder to overcome. Speak with your child about any concerns they have about themselves or the project at hand. Let them know the ‘what ifs’ can make things seem more daunting and add stress. Have them focus on what they can control.
4. Eliminate Attention Detractors
Distractions like a messy room, phone calls, television, or siblings can deter your child’s focus away from the assigned task. Pick a spot in your home that is designated for school work and is free from distractions in order to boost productivity.
5. Provide Motivators
Celebrate the achievements that get your child closer to completing their assignment or project. Decide what the appropriate form of motivation should be, such as words of encouragement or a tangible reward.
6. Have a Breather When Appropriate
A study or work break can be a refreshing and healthy habit. However, do not let your child allow study breaks to turn into opportunities for procrastination. Have your child use the time for activities that do not steal focus, such as stretching or having a light snack.
Remember, these tips don't have to be used all at once on your first try. Start with one that your child can accomplish easily. This will help him or her to feel a sense of accomplishment, which can instill the self-confidence needed to tackle the remaining tactics.
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