Take down the cute puppies calendar, and replace it with a more professional office calendar to keep your school life organized. One of the best ways to combat procrastination is to set realistic deadlines, and to have a constant visual reminder of what’s due. As a student myself, here’s what I would suggest…
- Print out the syllabus, or save a copy to your desktop.
- Highlight the assignments, and write down the drop dead date on the calendar; you can use a whiteboard in place of paper.
- Create symbols for when to start the work, when you should research and read, and when to submit the assignment.
- Also place reminders on specific days to respond to your classmates discussion posts; most online schools make this a requirement.
- Block out chunks of time in relation to the more time intensive projects and assignments.
If you stay consistent with the times you turn items in, it becomes a more natural process. Instead of muscle memory, it’s mental recognition that an event should be occurring at a special time in the week. Also designating certain times to school work can free up the stress you may feel away from your family.
The next time you take a trip to get office supplies, whether it’s in the app store or your local Target, get a wall calendar to keep your assignments consistent and in check.
By J. Mason
Online Learning Tips Editor
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