4 ways to stop procrastinating and start studying

By Haaroon Younis

If you’re looking for ways to beat procrastination and start studying then these 4 tips are for you.

  1. Eliminate distractions

Exam preparation with friends is likely to not get you anywhere and distract you. It’s probably more fun, but your focus will wonder as you start talking about plans for the weekend instead of revising. Also, your friend’s progress might put you off and make you worry that you’re not doing enough work, instead of motivating you. However, revising in a group can be a good idea when everyone has already memorised the material.

Be disciplined with yourself when it comes to social media. During revision breaks, time how much you spend on social media to avoid ending up spending hours on Instagram looking at profiles of people you don’t even know. It might be worth getting someone close to you, such as your parents, to change the password on your Facebook account and not tell you it after your exams have finished. You could also leave your phone at home whilst you’re at the library.

Also, try to study in a clean and organised environment.

  1. Work when you feel most alert and efficient

Everybody is different and some people work better earlier in the day and others work better later in the day. Listen to your body clock and find the optimal time you work best. Don’t torture yourself with Red Bulls and espressos as it’s better to sleep for a couple hours rather than forcing yourself to stay awake on energy drinks when you’re not going to be as alert. Sleep is really important so try to avoid all-nighters (if you can).

  1. Eat healthy & exercise

This is an old age time but is one of the most important ones. Avoiding junk food can really increase your performance as your blood sugar levels won’t be jumping up and down. The best brain foods are nuts, seeds, fish, fruit and veg. And water is really important to stay hydrated.

Sport and exercise is a good idea because you will need movement after sitting long hours by the desk. It’s been proven that exercise can boost mental performance. You might be thinking that you will not have time to exercise during revision but all you need to do is 30 minutes a day of a relatively high-intensity workout.

  1. Motivation is key

To motivate yourself list three positive consequences of achieving your goal and always keep them in mind. For example, your goal may be to get a grade A in one of your subjects. The positive consequence of getting a grade A might be that it will allow you to progress to your chosen University and course.

Seeing progress and results is going to motivate you the most so continue to persevere. Inspirational quotes can also be motivational but don’t spend hours looking at quotes instead of doing revising.