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Tutoring and overcoming Procrastination

Ever found yourself putting things off?

Your not alone, we all do. The question is how do we get back on track.

"Procrastination is a form of self-regulation failure." - Timothy Pychyl

In his book "Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change", Timothy Pychyl argues that procrastination is a habit rooted in our emotions and thoughts, rather than a time-management problem.

He suggests that to overcome procrastination, one needs to understand their underlying emotional and psychological reasons for procrastinating and to develop new habits and strategies to address them. Pychyl also emphasizes the importance of self-compassion and a growth mindset in overcoming procrastination.

Some tips a university tutor could use to overcome procrastination and help their students do the same are:

  1. Identify the emotional and psychological reasons behind procrastination: Understanding why one procrastinates is a crucial step in overcoming the habit.

  2. Practice self-compassion: Be kind and understanding with oneself when procrastination happens, and focus on growth and learning from mistakes.

  3. Develop an action plan: Break down large tasks into smaller, manageable steps and make a plan for completing each step.

  4. Practice self-awareness: Be aware of one's thoughts and feelings, and identify triggers for procrastination.

  5. Create a supportive environment: Surround oneself with positive, supportive people, and eliminate distractions and negative influences.

  6. Encourage a growth mindset: Emphasize the value of learning, progress, and growth, rather than perfectionism.

Which one would land for you today.

Apply it right now!

With Arete,


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