How can I improve motivation and reduce procrastination?

Question:

How can I improve motivation and reduce procrastination?

Answer:

The two most effective methods are:

    1.    to keep your end goal in mind; and

    2.    to break your main task(s) down into smaller, more manageable goals.

It is a good idea to write down what your goals are at the beginning of the semester, and keep reminding yourself of these goals. It often helps to think about where you want to go with the course that you’re studying. If you’re not sure what you want to do at the end of university, you can speak with staff from the Careers Service about what sorts of jobs might be suitable for you given your interests and skills, and which courses are best suited to that career path. Having an end goal in mind often helps you when things aren’t going well and you’re struggling to keep going.

If you have a big assessment task that you just can’t get started on, be honest with yourself about what’s preventing you from starting. Is it because you don’t feel confident using the online databases to do research? If this is the case, contact the library and ask a librarian to help you improve your research skills. Is it because you don’t really understand the question? If this is the case, don’t be afraid to contact your lecturer or tutor and ask them to explain it to you. Alternatively, see a Learning Adviser at the Info Desk any weekday between 12-2, Weeks 3-13, or send your query using the online form at Ask a Learning Adviser

Here are some resources on time management: 

  • How do I manage my time: StudyWISE resource. StudyWISE is available through your iLearn unit under Student Support. 
  • Learning Skills workshops, including Time Management for Busy Students and Habits of High-Achieving Students deal with time management issues. If you've missed the workshop, go to StudyWISE and look under 'Workshop Slides' in the first column for pdf files of the workshops.