Tips to Fighting Procrastination This Semester.  

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Procrastination is the mindset of “Have fun now, worry about it later” that plagues countless individuals. As the semester moves forward it may feel as if countless due dates, and exam dates continue to fill up your calendar. Here at SUNY Ulster we want our students to have all the necessary tools to fight procrastination and have their most successful semester yet! Here are some tips to help you to get the job done!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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At some point of working on a project it may feel as if all the information you have compiled is no longer making sense, BUT HELP IS AVAILABLE.  In addition to asking your professors for addition support there are resources all across campus that are designed to help you succeed in all your classes!

For additional help you can visits these locations:

The Learning Center (VAN 247)

The Peer Tutor Program (VAN 247)

The Gary and Janaki Patrik Math Center (ALG 122)

The Writing Center (DEW 110)


Create a Personalized Plan.

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Creating a personalized road map to the completion of each assignment is one way to put yourself on task to complete your assignment by section and avoid procrastination.For example I divide my projects into levels of Priority. From there I work on the most crucial elements of my project first moving from phase to phase following the personalized plan I have created to completion!


Limited Distractions.

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In today’s world we are surrounded by distractions all day long. Whether it be apps on our phones, the latest Netflix binge, and basically anything other than sitting down and working on the project at hand. If you are looking for a place to tune out your distractions and get work done you may want to check out the library on campus. The Dewitt Library has incredible resources that you mat reference while you work as well as its various levels of peace and quiet to maximize your focus!

Library Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 8am-7 pm

Friday: 8am-4 pm

Saturday: 9 am-3 pm

Sunday: Closed

Remember to Reward Yourself.

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I have saved the best tip for last! One of the things that I do when I have a large assignment due is during my initial creation of my “personalized progress plan” I always take a moment to set up what or how I plan to reward myself once I have completed the final task! Whether it be to see a movie, buy a new piece of clothing, or treating yourself to your favorite meal don’t forget to reward your hard work!

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