When it comes to procrastinating, are you a dreamer, a worrier, a perfectionist, a crisis maker, or an over-doer? If you’re not sure, then this article from Affordable Colleges Online can definitely help define your procrastination type. Evaluating your studying skills while you’re on spring break or winding down from midterm exams may not seem very fun, but it’s a great way to build yourself up for success in the future and for finals.
Dr. Amy D’Aprix gives the following formula for academic success and time management:
- Get organized
- Set a schedule
- Be a project manager
- Stop procrastinating
This advice may seem redundant or overused, but it might be something you need to hear after you’re sleep-deprived from an all night study session or when you’ve scored poorly on an exam. According to Dr. D’Aprix’s article, the types of procrastinators are the following:
- Dreamer – This type is easily distracted, a poor planner and poor at following through on projects.
Advice – Lists are your friends! Also, schedule breaks and start with small, segmented parts of a larger project.
- Worrier – This is an anxiety-ridden type of procrastinator who would rather avoid projects that make them uncomfortable.
Advice – Break down your tasks into bite-sized portions and focus on one thing at a time.
- Perfectionist – This may not seem like the worst type, but perfectionists tend to not finish projects in the interest of perfecting them.
Advice – Set realistic expectations and smaller goals as well as get support from a friend when you feel stressed out.
- Crisis Maker – This type waits until the last minute because they thrive under pressure, but they often pull all-nighters and hold cram-sessions.
Advice – Don’t rely on given deadlines, set some for yourself to create a sense of urgency even though you will finish on time. Additionally, determine other things that motivate you more than stress and gain your time-crunch rush through physical activity.
- Over-Doer – This type is the “yes man” procrastinator who gets buried underneath all the projects they take on.
Advice – Schedule breaks, learn to say “no,” and prioritize your projects.
We hope you’ve determined the type of procrastinator you most identify with even if you don’t feel like you procrastinate all the time. Always consult campus resources like your advisor or tutoring center to help you with time management.
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