When I decided I was going to do a procrastination guide, I started to look up procrastination, and find out more about it, what is is, how it works, and how to stop it. There is a lot of information about procrastination, I need to find what is useful and what isn't.
I found a good research with a lot of information and links on it, for procrastination, and how to get over procrastination, this was the website.... http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/procrastination
Everyone procrastinates sometimes, but 20 percent of people chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions—which, unfortunately, are increasingly available. Procrastination in large part reflects our perennial struggle with self-control as well as our inability to accurately predict how we'll feel tomorrow, or the next day.
Procrastinators may say they perform better under pressure, but more often than not that's their way of justifying putting things off.
The bright side? It's possible to overcome procrastination—with effort.
College seems to bring out the procrastination in people. In the college setting, up to 70 percent of students identify themselves as procrastinators.
Do you procrastinate?
It's easy to tell whether you're a real procrastinator. According to Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at De Paul University in Chicago, real procrastinators tell themselves five lies:
• They overestimate the time they have left to perform tasks.
• They underestimate the time it takes to complete tasks.
• They overestimate how motivated they will feel the next day, the next week, the next month -- whenever they are putting things off to.
• They mistakenly think that succeeding at a task requires that they feel like doing it.
• They mistakenly believe that working when not in the mood is suboptimal.
How to get over it?
How to tackle procrastination? Dr. Ferrari recommends these strategies for reducing procrastination:
1. Make a list of everything you have to do.
2. Write a statement of intention.
3. Set realistic goals.
4. Break it down into specific tasks.
5. Make your task meaningful.
6. Promise yourself a reward.
7. Eliminate tasks you never plan to do. Be honest!
8. Estimate the amount of time you think it will take you to complete a task. Then increase the amount by 100%.
I asked some people studying Graphic Design on my course to answer some questions to help me understand what people think about the work load and how they can get through it without procrastinating.
Would you say you are a procrastinator?
If you are a procrastinator, when you procrastinate do you tell yourself you will do the work when you are in the mood?
What distracts you when you are trying to do work?
Tidying room 2
What helps you to focus on the work?
To do lists 7
I have found that the main things that distract students who are trying to do work are mostly technology based, such as Youtube, Facebook and TV, although they are also distracted by going out with friends and socialising. This is something that I am going to try and help the first years for next year to understand, that they can do these things but have to chose the right times. I want to find a way around procrastinating, although statistically 70% of students do procrastinate to a certain extent, some are worse than others. In this brief I am going to try and help people realise that they are procrastinating, as that is the first step to getting over it.
A lot of students find that when they are trying to get into their work they like to listen to music, therefore I could could come up with a playlist for them to use whilst they were working, like a motivational mix. I have also found that making lists and planning their time helps them to see how much they have to do, and how much time they have to do it in, therefore I could design some sort or organisational planner. I could also find things that would distract students from work but also be useful, such as giving them lists of blogs which will be useful for them.
Ideas to go inside the procrastination guide;
Something fun, to get readers interested
How to overcome procrastination
Something fun, to get readers attention;
Saying that you always hear form a procrastinator;
“I can do it tomorrow or the tomorrow of tomorrows.”
"I know I should do it, but I just can't seem to get started."
"Let me check FB or some searches in web one more time - then I'll get going."
Another funny eye catching illustration to create attention.
- False Security: You look at your syllabus, and you see an 8-page paper due in six weeks. You’ve got plenty of time. It won’t hurt to go out with friends and unwind before doing work.
- Laziness: YEY Free time! Oh, I have this assignment I forgot. Fine, let me start this and get it over with. Right after I take my nap and catch up on Revenge episodes =)
- Excuses: “I’ve been busy! I deserve a break from your work. I mean, I had a crazy weekend, and today I have classes all day plus an exam. I really deserve to take a few days off from thinking about any schoolwork whatsoever”.
- Denial: 8-page paper? No big deal, I work best under pressure anyways! I’ve got tons of time. Classes end at 3pm today, and it’s not due until 9am tomorrow. That’s a total of 18 hours. What assignment in the history of college has ever taken 18 hours? I don’t need sleep, that’s what coffee is for! I GOT THIS!
- Crisis: (It’s 7:45 am): OH NO! HOW DID I LET THIS HAPPEN? I HATE MYSELF, I HATE THIS CLASS, AND I HATE MY TEACHER. NEVER AGAIN. I HAVE LEARNED MY LESSON.
The 6th stage is simple: REPEAT!
This is something fun, that may interest the first years, and allow them to relate to the design, and understand what it is about and maybe follow it.
Students may relate to this image, showing them what their desks could look like, then show another image showing what their desks should look like, and how much better they would feel if they did this.
Ideas on how to overcome procrastination;
"You do the stuff that makes you feel good now, even though you know it’ll affect you negatively in the future. You ever wonder why doing laundry, cleaning your room or writing a piece on procrastination all seem to become so much more interesting than that thing you should be doing? Gratification, that’s why! Why feel good later when you can feel good now! The thing is, your brain isn’t very good at planning ahead, it’s really only concerned about the ‘you’ in the here and now, even though we all know they’re both the same person. Confusing I know, but sometimes you really are your own worst enemy…."
- Get up and move
- Setup reminders
- Get a motivation buddy
- Make yourself accountable
- Create something everyday (anything that gets you into a creative mood and gets you working)
- Wake up early
- Go to sleep early
- Clean and clear as you go
- Cut the cable
- Just do it (no excuses)
- Schedule time blocks
- Follow a task list
- Have a system
- Don’t check email (check it after your done working)
- Destroy social networks
- Time yourself
- Track yourself
- Computerize when you can
- Create a playlist
- Identify and face your fear
- Realize it will never be perfect
- Become mindful
- Set “goals” for the day
- Give yourself a break
- Stick with tools
- Entertain yourself
- Work less
- Have some quiet time every day
- Don’t settle
Procrastination is an epidemic. We all suffer through it and most of the time procrastination wins. I personally get distracted easily and would rather watch paint dry than study. Through trial and error my friends and I have found a couple ways to help beat procrastion. Hopefully these tips help you – from one procrastinator to another.
1) Turn OFF Facebook!- You all know what I mean. Facebook is a very bad distractor. I used to write my essay for 2 seconds then go on facebook for a few minutes, then rinse and repeat. This also goes for Twitter, oovoo, Skype, Youtube…..
2) Put time aside at the same time as your friends for your work and studie. If your friends are also studying and doing their work they can’t drag you away from your work.
3) When studying with a friend- DON’T GOSSIP! Get to the point and study. Your professor isn’t going to care about Jessica’s bad hair dye or Jason’s sweet moves on call of duty.
4) Don’t torture yourself- Study for 45 minutes, then take a break. And by break I mean eat something or walk around. Get away from the computer for at least 15 minutes before returning to your work. Your brain needs a break.
5) Don’t under-study- With what I said in #4, take a SHORT break. Don’t study 45 minutes then go out for two hours.
6) JUST DO IT!- Who wants to study or do that pesky English paper? Everyone has to do it. If you get it done early, you don’t have to worry about it later.
7) Don’t go out too often- Don’t over party. If you need to get something done, don’t go out. I’m quite sure there are going to be plenty more opportunities to go out and have fun.
Now that I have been a killjoy, realize that college isn’t just about constant work. Have fun, but do what you went to college to do. You are paying lots of money, don’t waste it ignoring what you’re supposed to do.
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
― Pablo Picasso
“I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do - the day after.”
― Oscar Wilde
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.”
― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.”
― Rita Mae Brown
“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”
― Charles Dickens
“Someday is not a day of the week.”
― Janet Dailey
“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
“Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.”
― Steven Wright
“My mother always told me I wouldn't amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, 'Just wait.”
― Judy Tenuta
“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday”
― Don Marquis
“Absolutely not. I'm an expert in procrastination, but the last thing I want you to think is that I'm incompetent, too. Because I'm actually pretty good at what I do." -Jo”
― Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven
“Procrastination is the foundation of all disasters.”
― Pandora Poikilos, Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
“Procrastination is opportunity's natural assassin.”
― Victor Kiam
“Procrastination is also a subtle act of corruption – it corrupts valuable time”
― Amit Abraham
“Hesitation of any kind is a sign of mental decay in the young, of physical weakness in the old.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
“How often do you find yourself saying, “In a minute”, “I’ll get to it” or “Tomorrow’s good enough” and every other possible excuse in the book? Compare it with how often you decide it’s got to be done, so let’s get on and do it! That should tell you just how serious your procrastinating problem really is.”
― Stephen Richards, Overcoming Procrastination
“Nothing says work efficiency like panic mode.”
― Don Roff
“Let's make progress, not excuses.”
― Justin Cotillard
The quotes can relate to the students, when producing my publication, this will influence my design, as I could use some of these quotes in my work, I could also create posters using these quotes alone, as long as the quote is strong enough to stand alone.