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How to avoid procrastination during JEE and NEET preparation

JEE/NEET preparation is definitely tough, but it becomes even more challenging with bad habits like procrastination. Procrastination is a common enemy and is one of the biggest hindrances in our studies. Many students, during their preparation, seem very busy making plans, deciding strategies to study, and searching for the best material throughout the day, but still, fill. The primary for their failure is procrastination, because of which they keep piling on backlog and get frustrated. Newton said that a body at rest stays at rest unless an external force is applied. Similar is the case with human beings who require a push factor to be motivated and active with their preparation. 

What is procrastination?

Procrastination is the act of delaying or putting off tasks until the last minute or past their deadline. Some researchers define procrastination as a “form of self-regulation failure characterised by the irrational delay of tasks despite potentially negative consequences.”

Tips to avoid/give up the habit of procrastination
  • Self-analysis

Self-analysis is one of the best tools to analyse one’s preparation, to know one strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Students can refer to the article, Self-Analysis, a tool to master during JEE/NEET preparation, for better understanding. 

Students usually procrastinate their studies because they either don’t want to do it or don’t think it will help them immediately or are just lazy in doing the task. Once you have analysed your behaviour, you will be able to see the reason why you delay a task; the reason can either be a lack of understanding of the subject or a lack of interest in the subject or overconfidence or anything else. After knowing the reason, work hard on them to avoid further procrastination.

  • Change your outlook 

Instead of worrying about their backlog, JEE/NEET students should focus more on clearing them asap. Many students waste their time feeling sad or remorseful about their failure or waste their time narrating their failures to their friends or teachers, but all this will yield nothing. Once you have committed a mistake, the best way to rectify it is to work on correcting it rather than just feeling sad about it.

  • Set goals and deadlines

To know more about smart goal setting, students can read the blog, How success mindset plays a role in JEE/NEET?. Students should fix a schedule in discussion with their teachers and work hard to complete all their goals on time. As it is said that drops of water collect to make an ocean, similarly small goals gather together to accomplish the mission.

  • Reward yourself 

Remember to reward yourself for completing the goals and achieving good results. You feel motivated to work hard on your next goal when you do so.

  • Do not try to be perfect. 

Sometimes students get so much involved in the subjects that they try to do a PhD in it! So it is not advisable to get too engaged in the subjects; at the time, students should have a sufficient depth of knowledge in the subjects to answer the questions.

  • Avoid excessive use of the phone/internet.

Using phones and the internet are necessary, especially when preparing online, but don’t get too involved with the internet. These days spending hours on YouTube or WhatsApp is the single biggest reason for procrastination, so better regulate your time online.

Follow the above tips sincerely to give procrastination and prepare well for JEE/NEET.

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