The most useful and interesting concept of this module to me is procrastination. I’ve always believed, and still believe, that I do a good job of avoiding procrastination and doing my assignments and studying on time. However, I am definitely guilty of procrastinating, especially towards the end of each semester. At some point, it becomes difficult to focus since I’ve had to do so much work. I found that the video “‘Procrastination’ Tales of Mere Existence”, on lecture slide 5, is a great representation of how I procrastinate. I try to find small excuses to avoid doing any assignments or studying which continues until I decide it’s too late to do any work. Then this cycle continues until the very last minute.
I also found the segment on reasons behind procrastinating interesting. There is a video, “Why Students Procrastinate: 3 Hidden Reasons”, on lecture slide 6 that goes into detail on why student’s tend to procrasinate. I found that I didn’t relate to any of the reasons mentioned, but I found them interesting to learn about. The first reason some people tend to procrastinate is fear of failure. This was shocking because the reason I don’t procrasinate is fear of failure. The speaker goes into detail about how students prepare themselves to fail by giving themselves a reason to fail. It was interesting to learn about this because it had never crossed my mind. The second reason is fear of success, which, again, I use success as motivation to not procrastinate. There are people who are afraid or pushed away by the idea of being at the top of the class. This type of person hates the idea of being praised by teachers or professors and the idea of being criticized by others and would rather go unnoticed. The third type of procratinator resents authority. Therefore, they don’t want to be told to do an assignment or study for a test, despite the fact that it helps them. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a student procrastinate due to resentment, however I can see the reason behind it.
One idea from this module I want to start using is the 10 minute rule, introduced in the video “3 Powerful Techniques to Beat Procrastination”, on lecture slide 7. The 10 minute rule involves taking a large task or project, and breaking it down into smaller tasks that will take around 5-10 minutes. This will make it easier to find the time to do the tasks and will be much faster and easier. I normally struggle with finding the motivation to complete large tasks because they’re so time consuming and difficult. As mentioned earlier, I would say the reason I tend to procrastinate towards the end of the semester is because I become tired and drained from all of the studying and assignments. Sometimes, I just need a break to better focus. Hopefully, everyone found the concept of procrastination as interesting as I did.
I hope everyone is doing well! Feel free to comment with any questions or thoughts you have below!
Link to lesson slides: https://osu.instructure.com/courses/82221/pages/lesson-module-3?module_item_id=4997153
Link to “‘Procrastination’ Tales of Mere Existence”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P785j15Tzk&feature=emb_logo&ab_channel=TalesofMereExistence
Link to “Why Students Procrastinate: 3 Hidden Reasons”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_90AKJPLnk&feature=emb_logo&ab_channel=faststudyskills
Lint to “3 Powerful Techniques to Beat Procrastination”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA8D1cGW5Qk&feature=emb_logo&ab_channel=ArinaNikitina