College Essays Due? How to Avoid the Procrastination Bug

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College Essays Due? How to Avoid the Procrastination Bug

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On top of my crazy busy activities this summer I am beginning the process of applying for college. My usual prompt on-time scheduled self has turned into this relaxed summer girl who has no deadlines or schedules. Suddenly I don’t feel the pressure of getting my application finished. Although I do have an eventual deadline, August seems so far away that it almost really doesn’t exist.  Day after day I keep telling myself that I will sit down and really write my essays or finish my resume, but it still has yet to happen. This is completely opposite of the non-procrastinating girl I usually am. I began to realize that I listen much better to someone else telling me a deadline than myself. It’s a sudden lack of motivation to really push myself to snap out of my summer relaxed- self and start my application. I am almost positive most teenagers deal with this problem of lack of motivation. So as my deadline begins to approach I have figured out some ways of making sure I don’t begin to slack too much. Writing little notes around my house has really helped me. Just a simple reminder that says, “College essay!” to remind myself that no matter how long I put it off eventually I will have to sit down and begin writing. I have also made time in my schedule to sit down for a few minutes every few days to write down some ideas for my essays. My writing for a few minutes has turned into writing for twenty or thirty minutes. To really set my deadline in my head I keep a calendar with the final date clearly marked. Suddenly, my lack of motivation has become less of a problem because I have broken down a daunting task by constantly reminding myself of my end goal. Good Luck!