Everyone Procrastinates Now And Then, But Learning To Overcome It Can Lead To Future Successes
By Andrew Dotson, Stride Student Advisor
Everybody comes up with a case of procrastination sooner or later, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of… not even if it overtakes you and you miss a deadline or don’t turn something in at all. Luckily, I’ve found a way to curb procrastination for myself, due to the detrimental effects it was having on my work.
It all really started sometime in the 10th grade, at a time when the semester was crashing and burning. It felt like it was falling apart at the seams for not just me, but for everybody. Procrastination was at its peak during this time, and I knew I had to do something. So, what did I do? Something nobody would ever think to do. I simply did the work that I felt I would procrastinate on the most first, even early, in some circumstances.
While that may seem unconventional, maybe even looked down on in some cases, the method has proven to be very effective for me, personally, as a high school student. The great part about Stride Career Prep (and being a student of a Stride-powered high school), is that you can do your work at your own pace. So, if you’re already working ahead and you hit a roadblock, you essentially have additional time to overlook it and get ahead of it.
The sad thing is that this method won't work 100% of the time. Everybody has their own methods that may or may not be more effective. When the method of doing the toughest projects first does work, however, it’s great! When it does not, on the other hand, you must come up with other ideas, such as keeping yourself focused with something like a fidget toy or even just listening to some music.
I’ve also found procrastination to be less present whenever you’re working on a subject that you’re happy with and naturally like. You can also talk to your teachers or friends and get them to support you with snapping out of a period of procrastination. Always make sure that you’re healthy overall, that you’ve eaten, and that you’re drinking enough water so your mind is sharp and your body isn’t trying to get you to focus on other things, such as hunger.
Generally, you’ll find that there’s tons of methods out there to curb procrastination. Some of them work, some of them don’t, but you have lots of options to help curb it like I did. And, as a high school student, you should curb procrastination wherever possible, to make sure you’re doing everything you need to be successful, both now and in the future.
To read more about how online schooling helps students grow, be sure to check out Virtual School Motivates Teen To Become More Responsible.
And, you can read another terrific blog post by one of our Stride Student Advisors about discovering the right internship for you, here!
Stride also has an article to help students new to online high school, so make sure you read 5 Tips For New Online High School Students, too!
To learn more about Stride Career Prep's Student Advisory Council, make sure to visit https://www.k12.com/stride-career-prep/about/student-advisory-council.html
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