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21 November 2023

Do you put off doing tasks? See how you can manage the urge to procrastinate

Did you know 50 per cent of uni students frequently procrastinate? This common habit of avoiding or delaying action is one many of us can relate to, but it can unfortunately come back to bite us – procrastination can lead to a lot of stress because the task still needs to be done, but you risk running out of time. So, when you finally complete the task, it’s far from your best work. 

As a result, procrastinating can not only make your uni assignments more stressful, it can also adversely affect your mental health. 

So, why do we procrastinate?

Procrastination is rarely about laziness or time management. It’s more likely to be due to anxiety, not feeling motivated in your course, perfectionism, believing the task is too difficult or boring, and/or fear of failure.

So procrastination is actually closely linked to how you feel about work and/or yourself. Thankfully, there are some simple and yet effective things you can do to stop procrastinating.

Try these tips to curb your procrastination

By being mindful of our habits and recognising that procrastination is a choice, we can get better at limiting our tendency to put off what needs doing. Here’s some practical ways you can better focus on your study.

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