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Workshop focuses on procrastination, how to prevent it

By Kenya Foster/ reporter

NW academic advisor Amy Reece addresses students at the Procrastination Extermination session Sept. 8.Zulima Petronilo-Ziegler/The Collegian
NW academic advisor Amy Reece addresses students at the Procrastination Extermination session Sept. 8.
Zulima Petronilo-Ziegler/The Collegian

Procrastinating is something most people suffer from, but NW students picked up some learning techniques to get motivated Sept. 8.

Academic advisors Amy Reece and Brittany Duncan, self-proclaimed former procrastinators, gave several examples as to why people procrastinate and provided tips through a slideshow as well as a packet filled with information.

Both emphasized having accountability and time management for completing assignments.

“Have an accountability partner,” Duncan said. “When I was in graduate school, I had a group of people that worked on projects and studied together. So that really helped to keep me motivated.”

The pair stressed not completing an assignment the day before it is due but instead to set a personal deadline.

“I try to set aside time for each task,” Reece said.

She said she breaks down an assignment, like writing a paper, so that it does not become too overwhelming.

Reece gave examples of how easy it is to spiral into procrastination by simply answering a text message or just by making excuses. She also pointed out how logging onto Facebook or checking emails can play a part in being distracting.

Duncan spoke on different types of procrastinators, such as perfectionists, worriers or dreamers. She said having a plan of action and even finding a picture or quote can inspire someone to get started.

“I try to use a checklist,” Duncan said. “I feel really good when I check something off of my list, so I try to keep that going each day.”

Duncan also believes in rewarding oneself once a task from the checklist is completed. A personal tip Reece offered is exercise.

“I try to exercise. It helps clear my mind,” she said. “I read somewhere that if you exercise after reading or after a lecture, it helps you retain some of that information.”

Reece also had a tip about incorporating friends, family and personal time among procrastinating.

“I am really strong into not sacrificing other areas in your life, and I think that is really important for your well-being,” she said. “You don’t want to lose time with your family and friends and also take time for yourself.”

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