Keeping Semester Resolutions

When starting a new year or semester, students who have trouble fighting procrastination seem to mimic the same “new beginning” sentiment that is seen in many New Year’s traditions. These goals can include: limiting screen-time used for entertainment, finishing the easier homework on the same day as it was assigned, breaking long-term projects into daily chunks instead of doing it all in one sitting, and making a routine that rewards you with free-time after completing what you need to do. If said resolutions are upheld, it can greatly improve daily life, get rid of any excess stress caused by procrastination, make it easier to pursue passions or hobbies, give you time to do the best job you can do, and help you get enough sleep.

Unfortunately, those who habitually procrastinate tend to have a hard time breaking out of their cycle. Keeping track of assignments and their due dates in a planner is a great way to start, but be sure to set aside time for each one. Once your scheduled work for the day is completed, you can do assignments that are due later in the week, making more room for free time then, or feel free to relax and enjoy not having to do anything last-minute. Telling someone, like a friend or parent, what you have to finish each day can help, too— this way, you can’t make empty promises to yourself.

Despite the word “resolution” meaning a firm decision to do (or not do) something, most people fail to follow through with their resolutions. Another definition of the word is the quality of being determined, something crucial in replacing procrastination with productivity. A good way to handle your resolutions with resolution is to set rewards for each assignment or day, like watching a new episode of a show you love or read a few chapters of a good book. Find something that will motivate you, personally.