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2 Procrastination & Concentration Presented by: Dr Derek Richards Student Learning Development

3 Learning Objectives Explore reasons for procrastination Review strategies for overcoming procrastination Examine causes of distractions Consider ways to control concentration and improve motivation

4 PROCRASTINATION Is to delay needlessly something that we believe would be to our benefit.

5 Some reasons for procrastination Emotional - perfectionism, self-judgement, fear of failure Excuses and habit

6 The psychology of procrastination ApathySuccess

7 Overcoming Procrastination Take action Salami technique Five minutes Work on related tasks Do the hardest bits first Set goals Reward yourself for achievement Make commitments

8 CONCENTRATION Is the act of focusing our attention and abilities Is the act of focusing our attention and abilities

9 Concentration Distractions as events which divert us Sources of Distraction –External –Internal Control Distractions

10 Controlling External Distractions Structure study environment Establish a routine Negotiate Physical –E.g. unplug TV!

11 Controlling Internal Distractions List of concerns Worry time Mind wandering/daydreaming Mental rehearsal More active in the study process

12 Improving Motivation Focus on effort Alter expectations Positive self-talk Rewards Goal setting Positive language Visualisation Yes I can

13 Conclusion Know why you procrastinate Strategy or plan for overcoming procrastination Identify your distractions Strategies for controlling concentration Strategies for increasing your motivation

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