When you are preparing for an exam, it is very easy to get bored and lazy, to lose concentration and dedicate yourself to doing almost anything except kneeling your elbows and studying the subject. It is what is known as procrastination , doing many other things, not necessary in most cases. Everything so as not to get with what one has to worry about.

Procrastination is closely related to concentration and willpower. If you have little of both, it is easier to end up giving in to the laziness of starting to study and end up doing other things that are not urgent at the moment. Surely you have ever sat down to prepare an exam and the saint has gone to heaven setting up the desk or planning next week’s work . If you invest a few minutes in it, nothing happens, but if that turns into hours, it is time that you have lost studying.

Sometimes procanistation can reach extreme cases and can pose a serious problem when facing the end of the course or a very important exam. It is clear that nothing happens to lose the thread sometimes and not study as much as planned, but it is also important to know how to avoid it so as not to get into truly dangerous situations.

Encourages concentration

Concentration will help you fight against procrastination and to achieve this it is important to achieve good study habits. Some have an easier time staying focused for a long time, others have to work to achieve it. If this is your case, you can be sure that it may take you some time, but that you will achieve it. It’s about creating a habit.

The first thing is to have an adequate space to study and prepare for the exams. Ideally, it should be a place that is only used for that, so it is best to use a desk or a certain part of your room. Avoid, as much as possible, studying in the living room or kitchen.

Ideally, that space that you dedicate to the study is just for that and is free of distractions. For example, in the living room you have the television, the game console at hand or it is possible that there are more people on the sofa. These are all sources of distraction, it will make it easier for you to succumb to the temptation to procrastinate. If you can’t find it at home, libraries or study rooms may be what you need.

Avoid distraction temptations

The place where you study has to be orderly and as minimalist as possible, because that way there is less chance of you doing other things. That it is at a comfortable and ventilated temperature is also important, because very high or low temperatures are another important distraction. A pleasant space will encourage concentration.

If you have to study with the support of the computer or other devices, you will have to have them at hand, but if they are not necessary, it is better not to have them nearby or keep them off, because they are a very tentative distraction. It is very likely that you are going to look at the mail, what is cooked in social networks … It is a minute , but it can turn into wasted hours.

Plan the study

To avoid this, it is best to plan your study time . This means creating a schedule and, more importantly, sticking to it. If you get into the dynamic of dedicating certain times of the day to preparing the exams, you will end up getting used to it and you will avoid falling into laziness when you go to pick up the books.

It is a way of fighting and avoiding procrastination. The same happens if you plan the study. Set yourself short and medium term goals, as you get them the easier it will be for you to comply with your schedule and your study dynamics for the exam. It has to be a real planning, do not set goals that you know from the beginning that you will not be able to meet, because that would be a waste of time. And you can schedule some kind of rewards if you get them, to encourage you to do so.

Rest every hour

It is also advisable to start studying little and then increase the intensity. In this way the work will be gradual and you will get used to dedicating several hours without major problem. Of course, keep it in mind with a certain time, do not leave it for the last week of the exam because then it will not be possible to comply. And remember that it is important to have time to rest from time to time. For every two hours to get up from the chair and move around a bit , eat something or talk to a friend. But this should be a few minutes, not more.

When it comes to studying whether the subject is difficult or you don’t understand it, laziness is more likely to take hold of you and you end up leaving your books aside in a few minutes. That is why it is best to start with those tasks that are easier for you. Thus, when you are already focused on the exam, it will be easier for you to stay focused and deal with those questions that at first seemed more difficult.

You can avoid procrastination and it is basically achieved by creating a study routine that is constant, in which you are clear about your goals and avoid distractions. If you need outside help to achieve this, discuss your plans with the people you live with or your friends so that they can help you carry them out. 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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