The Secret to Kicking Procrastination: Reward Yourself

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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 forContinue reading “The Secret to Kicking Procrastination: Reward Yourself”

4 Simple Steps to Beat Procrastination

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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 worksContinue reading “4 Simple Steps to Beat Procrastination”

More Motivation Tricks for Sluggish Students

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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! —Continue reading “More Motivation Tricks for Sluggish Students”

Motivation Tricks for the Sluggish Student

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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. © Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.

10 More Easy Ways to Kill Procrastination

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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 readContinue reading “10 More Easy Ways to Kill Procrastination”

10 Easy Ways to Kill Procrastination

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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 theContinue reading “10 Easy Ways to Kill Procrastination”

Study Skills – Five Fast Fixes

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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!, whichContinue reading “Study Skills – Five Fast Fixes”

Study Tips to Increase Focus in Four Fast Steps

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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,Continue reading “Study Tips to Increase Focus in Four Fast Steps”

Assignment Calculator Helps You Schedule the Steps in Major Projects

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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 theContinue reading “Assignment Calculator Helps You Schedule the Steps in Major Projects”

Fool Proof Way to Stop Procrastination Cold

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Revised from April, 2010 post. If you can’t procrastinate, you won’t procrastinate. Obvious, you say? Then why aren’t you making procrastination impossible (or at least scaldingly painful)? Here’s how you can make the P-word so blindingly agonizing that it ain’t even an option. First, identify that dreaded procrastination-inducing uber-chore. Hint: What were you thinking youContinue reading “Fool Proof Way to Stop Procrastination Cold”

5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Five

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Procrastination Killer Number Five – Mr. Pot o’ Gold AKA Pollyanna Know what the big difference between morning people and most-definitely-NOT-morning people is? It’s what they think about when they first wake up. Most-definitely-NOT-morning people start off dreading the long commute to work, mentally moaning about the big project they are supposed to be churning out,Continue reading “5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Five”

5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Four

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Procrastination Killer Number Four – Mr. Loud Mouth Stop procrastination cold by [hidepost]letting the whole world know when you’ll be working on the irksome task you’ve been avoiding. Text it. Tweet it. Post it on your Facebook page… Writing out the next thirty things that would Bore a Comatose Sloth for my ongoing compendium. Ask meContinue reading “5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Four”

5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Three

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Procrastination Killer Number Three – Mr. Carrotstick AKA Mo Flies You know the old saw; motivate the donkey by whacking it with a stick on its namesake while dangling a carrot in front of the pointy end. Bad news. You’re the donkey in this scenario. Nevertheless, give some thought to stick and carrot. How will youContinue reading “5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Three”

5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Two

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Procrastination Killer Number Two – Mr. Slice-n-dice Little strokes fell great oaks. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. The journey of a thousand miles begins with …. Don’t make me pull out my beeg aphorisms. Whatever terrible task is your current bitter procrastination pill, realize you don’t have to doContinue reading “5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers – Killer Two”

5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers

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Pain. Punish. Pustule. Proctology. Procrastinate. See how it just fits right in? It’s the cement shoes on your academic career. It’s the shooter on the grassy knoll as your presidential parade putters by. Well someone needs to take procrastination out, blind fold him in front of a brick wall, hand him his last cigarette, andContinue reading “5 Stone-Cold Procrastination Killers”