What is procrastination? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, procrastination is putting off intentionally the doing of something that should be accomplished. In other words, it’s delaying something that is sometimes important until an opportunity is lost. But why do we often let this happen? Sometimes it’s due to the complexity of the task, laziness, fatigue, lack of motivation or not knowing where or how to start. I believe the most common cause of procrastination for students is due to laziness and the belief they have control over time. Students know their homework has to be done yet they convince themselves that they still have time. So they take a break, watch one TV show after another, go out, socialize, and relax. Everything feels so good… just for awhile; then all of a sudden, they remember that something needs to be done. It’s panic time. Students now realize they only have few hours to get the paper done and submit it before deadline. Working under these circumstances hinders adequate preparation and research time which prevent a better grade or leads to poor grades. As Christians, we should know that the Lord commends hard work “The hand of the diligent will rule, while the lazy will be put to forced labor.” (Proverbs 12: 24 ). Proverbs 13:4 also says “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” Not only does the Lord recommend hard work but He also warns against lazy and slackness in Proverbs 18:9 “Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.”
It is important for students to acknowledge that procrastination can hinder and have a negative effect on their academic performance, thus serious measures should be taken to overcome it. So here are some tips that can help students stop procrastination:
I cannot emphasize prayer enough. This is the most crucial step. Talk to the Lord and tell Him about the project. Tell him how you feel about it. This could be fear, anxiety, laziness, lack of confidence, motivation, etc. Ask Him for peace, courage and knowledge. When you’re done praying, have faith that God will guide you through your homework.
Assess the task
Spend time going over the task thinking what needs to be done. Then dissect the task (depending on how big your project is) into small tasks. The purpose of dissecting is to make it easy on you and not tackle your homework all at once.
Rank the jobs that need to be done in order of their importance and difficulty. Then focus on one job at a time.
It’s necessary to manage your time well. You don’t want to be overwhelmed doing too much in one day. Schedule the day and time that you would like to start a particular task and get it done. And don’t forget to reward yourself after completing a small task :-).
Find a quiet place where you can peacefully work and not be disturbed
Find a study partner
Finding a study partner who cares more about her academic performance than you will help a bunch. The saying “If you want to be a good student, hang out with good students” is true. So if you want to stop procrastinating, pray that God will direct you to a partner who’s good.
As ambassadors of Christ on this earth, we should always be motivated in doing our job whether at school, workplace, etc because we are ultimately serving God. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23). When our mind is set on serving and representing the Father well, we will procrastinate less.