How to Get Your Homework Done: Tips from a Chronic Procrastinator


Brennan Galvin

A clock representing the time you are wasting

Procrastination is something that affects every person at some point in their life. It is the time when you are down and can not build up the courage to get something done. Procrastination is not when you are lazy, but rather when you can find an excuse to be lazy.

Symptoms of procrastination may include, but are not limited to: doing your work last minute, putting your work off thinking, “eh I have a month,”  and only writing “THE” on the five page essay you were supposed to do. If you have any of these symptoms, congrats, you’re a procrastinator.

Much like me, you probably have found some ways around it but they are mostly ineffective. The problem with procrastination is it is embedded into the human nature. To get it out you have to work at it.  You have to find things that your brain actually enjoys doing.

Trick your mind into thinking the task you are doing is something fun to do. Trick your mind into thinking you are relaxing in your current state. Simply setting a schedule is not going to cut it. Procrastination is solved through perseverance and fun.

The way to have fun at a task is to perform that task in small intervals. Complete the task with as much effort as possible one piece at a time. That two month essay you waited till the last minute to do; next time, write the first few lines and play video games afterwords. Come back the next day; finish the paragraph, and play video games. Repeat the process until you’re done.

Eventually, your brain makes a pattern of doing things with the things you like doing. It associates math homework with videogames, or English with cookies. It converts whatever it is your doing to what you like doing.

What if you don’t have a whole lot of time? Break up that amount of time. You have 30 minutes to complete your homework before you would like to go out. Complete one minute worth of essay writing and a few minutes of whatever you like to do.

Perhaps a few minutes essay writing and then play an instrument. If the homework task will take only a few minutes; take it in 30 second intervals.

You can split up any task this way. The only things you can’t split up is the stuff you have to do right there and then. The stuff you do at school or the interview you need to go for.

These things have specific dates you need to attend, and you need to be present for these. The problem with these is if they are not mandatory, you will never do them, so make them mandatory.

If you find yourself not going to the interview, or schoo, then pick yourself up and make your brain tell you it’s a fun task, get an ice cream after, hang out with friends. Celebrate that you were there, at the place you need to be. 

Doing these things consistently will put you on a path to partially overcoming your procrastination. However, they won’t work for everyone, you have to experiment and find your own way around.

You have to learn to face the problem head on, and never backing down. You have to with your ways, your nature. And conquer your enemy.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to  my math homework.