6 November 2019 • Martijn Tamboer
Training ‘Do it today’
This may sound familiar: a stack of books to read, a calendar full of exam dates, a busy study period. Enough to do, but first…you procrastinate. To end your procrastination habit, each student can take the ‘Do it today’ training at THUAS.
Down to the wire
“For years I have been leaving all my school assignments until the very last minute,” explains a participating student. “Every time I tell myself that next time I will make sure to start on time. But it never happens: I keep procrastinating.”
Recognising the pitfalls
During the training you learn to recognise the pitfalls of your procrastination habits. You will learn why you keep making up reasons for not hitting your study books. An important start is to be realistic in planning your work.
Pressure cooker training
“Before I started this training, I thought I would get tips on how to plan,” a student explains. But the training offers a lot more. In this ‘pressure cooker training’ you will learn time management, motivation techniques, self-coaching through constructive thinking and you will gain insight into the dynamics of your procrastinating behaviour.
To end your procrastination behaviour, it’s important to determine what’s important and what’s not. A student: “For me it was very useful to consider certain things and set new priorities.” Another student said: “When I procrastinate less by taking breaks, I finish my task sooner and then I can enjoy my free time more.”
The 10-minute plan
Students learn various methods for ending their procrastination habits once and for all. “I use the ‘10-minute plan’ method,” a participant explains. “For ten minutes I focus my attention on a task. That way I make a start without getting distracted.” Another participant learned how to use planning to divide tasks into smaller sub-tasks. “Each sub-task can easily be completed and you will feel good when you can cross a sub-task off your to-do list.”
And the most important lesson? “The most important thing for me,” a student explains, “was that putting off a project until another day will only cause more stress”. Another participant learned how to break up any project, no matter how big, into smaller steps. “Now I find it easier to start, because I only have to take small steps. Once you are in the process, the rest will naturally follow.”
Are you interested in taking the ‘Do it today’ training? Click here for more information.