by Coraline Crannell
Have you ever sat down to do your homework, but found yourself doing every other possible thing in procrastination? It is something many people, including myself, do all the time. However, there are some tips people find really useful to help prevent that. Here are a few of them.
- Do your work at a desk, not your bed. A lot of people will tell you this, and it is something that you kind of ignore and shrug off as unimportant, but trust me, it is super helpful. I just started working at a desk and I am so much more efficient. It is a little harder to get distracted or daydream or think about the beautiful, miraculous wonders of sleep when you are not lying down on a super comfy bed. Make sure you are not somewhere where you could fall asleep. (Unless you’re one of those people that falls asleep everywhere. Lucky! In that case, just try not to be too comfortable.)
- Use your agenda. Many people (smartly) already do this, but if you don’t, I cannot stress how much you should and how helpful this is. Not only should you write in your agenda, which many teachers make you do anyways, actually get it out and look at it before starting your work. It is really easy to forget about assignments until you get to class the next day and everyone is taking out their finished homework…
- Turn off any electronics near you, whether it be a phone, computer, or gaming system. If you are working near a phone/computer one thing that some people find really helpful is to block all sites/apps other than ones you need for school, this way you cannot open up sites for social media or other websites or other things you might do that could keep you from doing your homework for hours. I know that this may sound extreme, but if you do this, all of the sudden you are no longer rushing at 11:00 at night to finish the big workload you have.
- Put away and get out of your line of sight any other items that you think might distract you. I love to read, so something for me to put away would be any books that I am reading. For someone else, this item might be their phone. Make sure anything that will make you turn away from the task at hand is out of eyesight.
- Music. There is a lot of controversy on this one. Some people say that any music is fine and will not slacken the speed and how well you do your work. Other people say that it has to be something either without words, such as classical music, or something with words that you cannot understand, so maybe another language. Even more people argue that you cannot listen to any music at all. During sixth grade, I performed a science experiment on this, and really, it just depends on the person. For some people, they cannot work when it is quiet, and music is the perfect solution to this. Others, such as myself, cannot work with music on and have to stop and just listen (and maybe even sing along to) the amazingness of the song. A few people work better with music, but only when played softly. This is something that you will have to figure out on your own to find your perfect noise balance.
- Don’t try and get all of your work done at once, break it up into little parts. Sometimes, the amount of homework you have can be overwhelming, and look like a lot more than it actually is. On those days, and any other day too, this is something that really helps. If you can, do a little homework as soon as you get home from school, take a break, and then do some more. If you need to go somewhere, make that be your ‘break’ and have your work revolve around that. Let’s say you want a snack when you get home from school. Do some work first. That way the snack is a motivator and something to look forward to. Make sure to take small breaks when you need to, but try not to take more than one per assignment that you are working on.
- Going hand in hand with this last tip, make sure you manage your time.This is really helpful, especially if you have something to do or somewhere to go. Simply plot out the amount of time that you have and split it up according to how much time you think the assignment will take. Make sure to always give yourself some extra time just in case!
- Very similar to #7, make goals for yourself. This is probably the easiest and requires no planning whatsoever. Simply tell yourself before you start, “I am going to finish this math worksheet in no more than 15 minutes.” Then, set a timer and start. Or you could say, “I am going to do my math and science homework and be focused the entire time and not get distracted, and then I am going to take a break.” This really helps a lot of people stay on task and finish their work. You would be surprised how much more you can get done when you set a goal for yourself.
All of these strategies work great and are super helpful, whether you choose to do a few of them or only one. I hope these ideas help you to succeed!
Of course, the easiest thing to do would simply to get rid of homework altogether, although unfortunately I do not think that will be happening any time soon, so we’ll just have to make do. Happy Homework(ing)!