Monday, February 24, 2014

Featured CBB Student Post: Scott Rowe on Procrastination

Scott Rowe, a student and intern with CBB, understands the many challenges of home schooling. As the oldest in his family, an athlete and an outstanding student, Scott often finds himself having to prioritize. Please comment and let Scott know what you think of his blog post. 

“Procrastination is the thief of time” – Edward Young

Procrastination affects everyone in life at some point or another.  But what is procrastination?  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines procrastination as “to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done”.  Most people only think of procrastination as waiting longer than you should to work on something.  However, it can be more than that.  Rushing to finish assignments, hurried work, and stress over school work can all be symptoms of procrastination.  This can cause bad grades, unneeded stress, and feelings of anxiety.  So how can procrastination be stopped?  While it really comes down to the effort and the determination that you have, consider the following tips that  help overcoming procrastination.
  •      Make a list of common things on which you procrastinate on.  This is a simple as it sounds.  Some school assignments are just more fun than others.  Write down the ones that you have trouble completing.  Your list can include assignments from difficult or boring classes, or even chores that you dislike.
  •         Schedule your time.  This is a very important step.  If you skip this step, you will continue to procrastinate.  Don’t just mentally assign deadlines or state times that you will work on your assignments.  Write it down.  Write everything down.  Schedule times for school, chores, and other activities.  Make sure to prioritize things that you tend to procrastinate on.  Then stick to your schedule as much as possible.  Continue to tweak your schedule as necessary.
  •         Break difficult things down into smaller portions.  Obviously, (unless you procrastinated) you are not going to write a major essay in one day.  Your schedule needs to reflect that.  Break large assignments down into smaller parts.  For example, in the case of the essay, perhaps write one paragraph one day, two paragraphs the next, and edit it the following day.
  •         Eat your big frog first.  Pick the assignments that are the hardest and most boring to you to work on first.  Completing your hard assignments first will encourage you to work on other assignments.  Also, you are usually the most motivated when you first start working on your assignments.
  •      Reward yourself.  This step is vital to keep yourself motivated.  If you do not practice this step, you will quickly burn out.  Rewarding yourself can take any form you desire. For example, after completing a task, reward yourself by spending fifteen minutes on Facebook, reading a chapter in a book, or eating a snack. 
  •      Have others keep you focused.  Sometimes just knowing that someone is keeping an eye on you can motivate you to work.  Ask friends and family members to occasionally check up on you to see the progress you’ve made.  You will find yourself working harder to show them your progress.
  •           Pray.  Procrastination is a major challenge to overcome.  Family, friends, and schedules all can help, but only you can defeat procrastination.  Praying about it will encourage you and enable you to continue.  If you do nothing else, at least pray and try your best.


  1. Awesome post. Going to make sure my student reads this. Very timely for us.

  2. I think rewarding yourself is a big one. It's easy to get trapped into a project without taking any breaks, and that usually leads to being less efficient. -Andrew S.

  3. I have caught myself many times writing an essay the day before it's due. Mrs. Beth has helped me with that and I have been working on it, but it is a definite issue with procrastination. Great job Scott

  4. Wise words! You have some excellent advice in this post, Scott -- I especially like breaking down bigger tasks into smaller ones and tackling the hardest things first. Very helpful post!