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Procrastination. Stop Hitting Yourself.

Updated: Aug 31

Putting off what we should do today until tomorrow. We all do it from time to time. Some people say they work better under tight deadlines; the fact is that procrastination rarely pays off. It could mean failing an important exam, not getting tickets to see that great band or someone you like going out on a date with somebody else [1].

Those who often delay or miss study won't do as well as those who don’t. The research on high school and university students backs this up [2,3].

You can’t change the past but here are some suggestions if procrastination is a problem for you.

How do you break out of the cycle?

  • Get determined. Tip: practise your look in the mirror :)

  • Set yourself an achievable goal, say study a couple of hours per subject in a week

  • Set-up your study timetable and reminders @ www.eggion.com

  • Tell people you respect about your goal and plan

  • Do the work and reward yourself for doing the work. Dark chocolate is good!

  • Never miss a study session twice. It's okay to miss one just don't make a habit of it :)

  • Evaluate your progress at the end of the week

  • Tweak your plan if it is necessary

Get down to work on it right away because every moment of delay increases the difficulty of you achieving your goal.

So how long does it take to change a habit?

The guidance from scientific research is that it takes at least 18-21 days for a habit to start to form and, an average of 2 months before it becomes a habit [4, 5].


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Research references

[1] The Paradox of Procrastination

(https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201204/the-paradox-procrastination)

[2] The relationship between procrastination and academic achievement of high school learners in North West province, South Africa (https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/The-relationship-between-procrastination-and-of-in-Joubert/d568a1ba488c1059107b63a88346c747533d33f6)

[3] Academic Procrastination: Prevalence Among High School and Undergraduate Students and Relationship to Academic Achievement (https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1115&context=epse_diss)

[4] How Long Does It Take for a New Behavior to Become Automatic?

(https://www.healthline.com/health/how-long-does-it-take-to-form-a-habit#:~:text=It%20can%20take%20anywhere%20from,new%20behavior%20to%20become%20automatic)

[5] Need to Form a New Habit?

(https://psychcentral.com/blog/need-to-form-a-new-habit-66-days/)


"Habits To Be Made" photo by Drew Beamer on Unsplash

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