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The Secret to Kicking Procrastination: Reward Yourself

This short video, by Dan Ariely–one of my favorite psychologists–gives you some quick and easy tricks for defeating procrastination. You can find loads more good info on defeating procrastination here. Dan Ariely, an Israeli American professor of psychology and behavioral economics, currently teaches at Duke University. He is also the founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight and also the co-founder of BEworks.

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4 Simple Steps to Beat Procrastination

Motivation done right lets you motor through your to-do list like magic. Try this simple trick from London-based writer, Sidin Vadukut. Pair each chore on your daily to-do list with a short, sweet reward.

You are using a to-do list and a calendar to make short work of your academic tasks, aren’t you? Paper works great, but I’ve recently been playing with Wunderlist 2 and have been pleasantly surprised.

Here’s how it works…

  1. On your to do list add a fun to-do after each and every task.
  2. Assign your tasks (the fun ones and the less fun ones) a time to complete. That will keep you from letting things drag out or from over-scheduling yourself.
  3. Keep your fun to work ratio at about 1:10. For example, if I spend forty-five minutes studying my Econ homework, I might then allow myself five minutes of Smarter Every Day.
  4. Bask in the glory of a fully checked off to-do list.

Let us know your favorite rewards in the comments!

Read Sidin’s full article on fighting procrastination here.

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More Motivation Tricks for Sluggish Students

Fun fact: the smell of text books can be used to anesthetize rhinos. I made that up. But, seehrusly, if you’re finding it hard to get motivated to crack the books without the aid of a car battery, jumper cables, and a pair of wet-sponge ear muffs, read on. I’ve got five –count’em, five! — motivation techniques to get that class work done when you’d really rather run. Continue reading More Motivation Tricks for Sluggish Students

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Motivation Tricks for the Sluggish Student


Lacking the uuumph to bust out that text book on The Unabridged History of Colloids? Does the idea of studying “Innovations in 19th Century Grouting Techniques” leave you less than enthused? Fear not, grasshopper. Here are some slick tips to overcome your motivational malaise. Continue reading Motivation Tricks for the Sluggish Student

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10 More Easy Ways to Kill Procrastination

Note to readers; if you aren’t reading this on my website you’re probably missing out on the extra content in the embedded links. Read it at studyprof.com to avoid missing out on some spiffy mind candy. In my previous post I started an UNinfographic, turning this infographic–based on Piers Steel’s book, The Procrastination Equation–into something easier to read and apply. Dr. Steel, of whose name I am quite jealous, has done a bang-up job of summarizing all the best research on procrastination and motivation–both of which are vital for study skills and habits. I’m giving you the short and sweet version, with my own additions and insights, but if you want the full scoop check out the book!

In our last installment we looked at ten ways to increase the value of a task thereby forcefully ejecting procrastination from the premises. This time around we’ll turn our attention to another part of the procrastination equation, decreasing impulsiveness. So without further ado, here are ten ways to decrease your impulsiveness and avoid procrastination. Continue reading 10 More Easy Ways to Kill Procrastination

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10 Easy Ways to Kill Procrastination

I recently came across this cool, colorful, hard to read chart titled, “How to Get Motivated: a Guide for Defeating Procrastination” which was adapted from a book called The Procrastination Equation, by the impressively named, Piers Steel, Ph.D. And, being the caring, giving, people-person I am, and because I have a personal vendetta against the current trend to over-complicate and obtusify straight-forward info by making it into an infographic–I have changed it into an UNinfographic. Just the info; none of the graphic.

According to Dr. Steel’s procrastination equation, Motivation = (Expectancy x Value) / (Impulsiveness x Delay). The upshot of this is Continue reading 10 Easy Ways to Kill Procrastination

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Study Skills – Five Fast Fixes

Recently, a student asked me for my hot list of academic life-changers; key study skills you can use to dominate your grades. Here goes…

1) Get help. It’s the 21st Century, fellow netizens! Flying cars, robotic house maids, and personal jet packs are now commonplace… okay, well, maybe not. But it’s still the 21st Century!, which means you don’t have to rely on your brilliant professor’s rapid-fire mumble-lectures and micro-type PowerPoints. Use the interwebs and Continue reading Study Skills – Five Fast Fixes

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Study Tips to Increase Focus in Four Fast Steps

Study Tips to Increase Focus and Achieve Your Educational Goals

Focus is the big hairy bugbear that stalks many students. Twenty minutes into their two-hour study session they find themselves talking or texting or trimming their toenails or doing absolutely anything rather than studying. So how can you deftly dodge the distraction of friends, phones, Facebook, food, etc.? Follow this simple formula to increase focus Continue reading Study Tips to Increase Focus in Four Fast Steps

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Beating Procrastination in 100 Words (or Less)

~~The “100 Words (or Less)” series gives you a super-short summary of what you need to know about the subject at hand and does it in 100 words or less. Check the link at the bottom for more detailed info about the topic.~~

Break it Down. Take a big task and divide it into smaller sub-tasks. Sub-tasks should be small enough that you won’t procrastinate about them.

Assemble Your Materials. Then there are no excuses not to get started.

Schedule the Sub-Tasks. A date. A start time. An end time.

Commit Publicly. Tell everyone who will listen how you WILL have it done by time X.

Do it. Putting it off? The sub-task was too big. Go back to step one.

Reward Yourself. Small rewards for completing a sub-task. Bigger rewards for a series of sub-tasks. Huge reward for total completion.

See more on beating procrastination.

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Assignment Calculator Helps You Schedule the Steps in Major Projects

The library at the University of Minnesota has provided a nice tool for helping you schedule out all the steps in larger projects such as term papers and presentations. As you may recall from earlier posts, breaking that monstuh project into bite-sized bits is a key way to give procrastination a swift kick in the put-offskies. Take a look here.

P.S. Pay special attention to the different template choices at the bottom of the page that allow you to tailor the results to the type of project your working on.


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