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Procrastination Management

Did you know that...

  • 70% of college students procrastinate?
  • Your grades may suffer from cramming for tests and writing papers at the last minute?
  • College students who procrastinate in their academic work are also likely to have unhealthy sleep, diet, and exercise patterns?
  • Procrastination makes you feel stressed and edgy?
  • Procrastination is neither laziness nor a lack of discipline?

You can overcome procrastination by...

  • Deciding you've had enough, and it's time for change.
  • Thinking about the activities that you use to procrastinate (email, TV, etc.) and setting clear time limits on them.
  • Setting clear goals for each day (e.g., start CHEM problem set, do POLS reading, go to friend's recital) and sticking to them. Then when you are done, you are free to do whatever you like.
  • Breaking large projects into smaller pieces.
  • Remembering that procrastination is usually followed by serious academic stress. Recalling how awful it is to stay up all night to write a paper can help you get started on the next one.
  • Knowing that overcoming procrastination is sometimes easier if you talk out strategies for change with someone else.


Glenn, David. "Procrastination in College Students is a Marker for Unhealthy Behaviors, Study Indicates" Chronicle for Higher Education, August 26, 2002.

Roberts, M. Susan. Living Without Procrastination: How to Stop Postponing Your Life. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 1995.

Tullier, Michelle. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Overcoming Procrastination. Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2000.


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