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Resources on dealing with procrastination

 

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General resources on procrastination

Managing Procrastination: COVID-19 Edition Webinar (April 2, 2020) - Procrastination is, at the best of times, something that most students do, and it tends to be aggravated by stress, isolation and the lack of structure that comes with online courses.  Guess what? We are now in a time of stress, told to isolate, and working in the online environment, and even SLC professionals are sometimes struggling to stay productive!  Participants in this session broke the isolation together, and learned how to manage procrastination, even in the most adverse circumstances. NOTE: SFU students can apply for Co-Curricular Record Credit (CCR) after watching this webinar.

Study With Me video (Beedie School of Business) - This video takes you through a 2-hour Pomodoro study session with a virtual companion.

Procrastination
Covers results and reasons for procrastination, as well as 3 key strategies for stopping.

Goal Setting & Accountability
Helps you set, and follow up, on goals so that you will actually follow through with them!

Why Do We Procrastinate? (Video, Sci Show) - Gets into neuropsychological, social psychological, and evolutionary explanations of procrastination, and touches on a few strategies to curtail this tendency.

The Little Book of Procrastination Remedies
Why people procrastinate and solutions for overcoming procrastination.

Procrastination Solutions:  Ten Strategies for Combating Procrastination (Oregon State University)

Controlling Procrastination (University of Guelph)
Lists five more strategies.

Strategies to avoid procrastination

Procrastination Workshop
Provides additional strategies to help you stop procrastinating.

Procrastination Avoidance Made Practical (Video, McMaster University) - Outdated in its examples, but gives some valuable strategies for managing procrastination such as watching your self-talk, recognizing your usual "procrastination activities," and employing the "5-minute technique" to get started.

Winning through Wedging (McMaster University) - Goes into additional detail about the "5-minute technique" mentioned in the video above, "Procrastination Avoidance Made Practical".

The Science of Procrastination - And How to Manage it [Video, ASAP Science]
Covers the Pomodoro technique, among others.

Video on Overcoming Procrastination (LinkedIn Learning)
Note: To use LinkedIn Learning you will need to set up an account

Perfectionism and procrastination

Perfectionism
Helps you figure out if you are a perfectionist and gives you strategies to stop being one.

Perfectionism: A Double-Edged Sword (University of Texas at Austin)
Perfectionism is one of the major causes of procrastination. If this is your problem, read about the costs of perfectionism, the difference between perfectionists and healthy strivers, and detailed information about what you can do about it. Don't try all the strategies at once, though - as perfectionists are inclined to do - start with just one or two!

Perfectionism (University of Dundee)
Additional information about a major cause of procrastination.

Perfectionism in Writing (Queen's University)
An extremely comprehensive resource for those whose perfectionism hampers their ability to write, or their ability to submit what they write.

Online procrastination

Distance Education: Strategies for Time Management
Distance Education offers the opportunity to take procrastination to new heights! Find out how to avoid this temptation.

Time Management for Distance Education Podcast
Get audio and visual information on scheduling, procrastination, and other issues. Developed, in cooperation with the Centre for Online and Distance Education (CODE), specifically with the SFU Distance student in mind (17 minutes).

Compulsive Video Gaming
What is gaming addiction and how to overcome it.

FocalFilter
A tool for blocking distracting websites.