How To Stop Procrastinating

Monday 13-11-2017 - 09:13
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It’s easy to put off your assignments until the last minute- you keep saying you’ll do it tomorrow until the deadline suddenly creeps up on you. We want to help you stop procrastinating, so here’s some advice we think will help.


  • Don’t leave it all til the last minute. You’ll never be able to do your best work the night before your assignment is due. Giving yourself more time to plan, write and edit your assignment will mean it’s of a higher quality than if you rush to get it done in time.
  • Turn off your phone and log out of all your social media accounts while you’re working. They’ll keep distracting you otherwise!
  • Work in the library. It’s harder to get distracted when you’re in the library and if you turn off your phone, there should be nothing distracting you from getting the work done.
  • Don’t stay up all night working. All nighters aren’t fun and they’re bad for your health too. Your body needs sleep to recover properly, and there’s research that shows working at night and catching up on sleep during the day can lead to significant health problems. So do your studying in the day and let yourself rest and relax at night.
  • Reward yourself with breaks. After you've written 500 words or done a quarter of your assignment, have a short break and relax with a cup of coffee or some chocolate. Don't let yourself stop working until you reach your target, you'll then feel better about having a break without worrying. 

If you need advice on academic issues such as personal mitigating circumstances, appeals, fitness to practice, disciplinary issues or complaints, you can book an appointment with one of our academic advisors by calling 0161 351 5400, or emailing

If you would like to talk to a wellbeing advisor about issues to do with procrastination, or anything else, you can contact the Wellbeing team here.

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