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Procrastination & Concentration Presented by: Dr Derek Richards Student Learning Development
Learning Objectives Explore reasons for procrastination Review strategies for overcoming procrastination Examine causes of distractions Consider ways to control concentration and improve motivation
PROCRASTINATION Is to delay needlessly something that we believe would be to our benefit.
Some reasons for procrastination Emotional - perfectionism, self-judgement, fear of failure Excuses and habit
The psychology of procrastination ApathySuccess
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
CONCENTRATION Is the act of focusing our attention and abilities Is the act of focusing our attention and abilities
Concentration Distractions as events which divert us Sources of Distraction –External –Internal Control Distractions
Controlling External Distractions Structure study environment Establish a routine Negotiate Physical –E.g. unplug TV!
Controlling Internal Distractions List of concerns Worry time Mind wandering/daydreaming Mental rehearsal More active in the study process
Improving Motivation Focus on effort Alter expectations Positive self-talk Rewards Goal setting Positive language Visualisation Yes I can
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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