So, the assignment has been posted for weeks and as midnight is quickly approaching I wonder why I did not start before work? It's that overwhelming procrastination that hovers over students alike. Procrastination is defined as "delay an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay". Some say working under pressure yields them better grades, other's are just too lazy. Whatever the excuse, your motivation is to blame. I came across a video that claims to be able to cure this desire with 3 steps.
The first step they call the 10 minute rule. When you are handed your 10 page term paper assignment on day 1, it typically it sits in your folder until a few weeks until the due date. The initial assignment seems overwhelming, so instead they suggest to break down that assignment into easier to manage sections, say 10 minutes at a time. Second is what they call the 3 magical questions. Seeing it all on paper and reminding yourself of the benefits of completion can strengthen your motivation.
1. Where are you?
2. What should you be doing?
3. How will you feel when you have completed the task?
Finally, is to compare your ultimate goal with your immediate desire. You need to complete your term paper to pass the class, but all of your friends are going to the mall. Reminding yourself of the consequences could help you take that extra step.