Dealing with procrastination

So too often I find myself thinking that I don't need to learn anything at school because it will have no real world application later in life which I do stand by for some things (algebra, calculas) but when it comes down to it you need to finish school with the marks that you want so you can have lots of options for a job after in life but also practising the skill of staying on task and constantly working towards it.

Lu123's picture

Yes I really think that some things in the education is not really helpful for real life and totally understand in not waning to do anything. I think that you should find something you are passionate about and work towards that. writing down a schedule to follow can help too for staying on track

Sick_boi4evr's picture

I sympathize with you here, a career in academics such as math, science or English really has no appeal to me so doing work that doesn't interest me or apply to my vision of my future seems pointless. The only thing that really keeps me motivated is that my parents really care about my grades.

Elisabeth's picture

I totally agree with you. I think most kids find that the basics we have to learn won't help us in our post secondary life. I want to get good grades, but I get easily distracted and end up procrastinating. I think you really have to self-motivate and that is tough, but I think in the long run, getting a good education will help you a lot. If your teacher lets you incorporate something you like, that will help you too.

moonfire_13's picture

the vast majority of things we learn in school will help us at points in our future lives. you will find your self in situations where you use algebra, or you understand organic compounds and it won't register in your brain but you will be thankful. But I totally understand where you are coming from, and school is pretty un-exciting :)

ThePaddler's picture

Remember that, although you may not use the knowledge later in life, learning the work habits and how to work in groups may be invaluable.

edee's picture

thinking about what you want to be later in life and doing what you need to get there (even if it includes learning information you dont think you need) can help procrastination because you are always working towards a big future goal. having motivation.

despereaux's picture

They say that procrastination arises from the fear of failure, so that if you don't try too hard, no one will care if you failed. I don't think this is true for everyone, but maybe changing your mindset and thinking about how satisfied you will be if you give it your best shot (whatever it is, like homework or studying) and maybe download some apps that can help you with staying on top of things? And if it has no real worth, you can always forget it later, but if you need it to pass classes. it's best to learn it and retain the information

gstevenson's picture

Ask someone else to check up on you. Peer pressure works. This is the principle behind slimming and other self-help groups, and it is widely recognized as a highly effective approach.