3 top tips to prevent procrastination

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ween WhWe are all guilty of procrastinating from time to time, it’s in our nature. But children can be especially prone to procrastination, sometimes without being aware of it. There are many reasons why we procrastinate. It could be because the task we are completing is tricky or because we aren’t engaged in what we are doing.

In order to stop your child from getting distracted when completing homework or revision, first you must try to address the reason why it is happening.

Try these 3 top tips to prevent procrastination:

Create a learning environment

By dedicating a space for learning, your child will associate this place with being productive.

This can involve removing all electronics that won’t be useful for the task that they are doing, i.e. tablets and smartphones. By doing so, you eliminate distraction and your child can get their work done quicker.

Ensure they have everything they need in their learning space, so they don’t have to get up often and procrastinate. This includes stationary, a computer, textbooks, a notepad, and so on.

It will help if this space is quiet, so a desk in a room to themselves would be beneficial, so the noise isn’t disrupting.

Set a time for completing work

To ensure your child is fully productive, set a realistic time limit for them to complete their work.

By putting this slight pressure on them, they won’t take hours and distract themselves or make the task longer than it needs to be.

You can check up on your child during the time set and see how they are getting on with their work.

By setting a time for work it helps to establish a productive routine. It is also good practice for when children sit tests at school and have a time limit to complete it.

Create a list of priorities

Sometimes it can be overwhelming when there are a lot of tasks to complete at once.

By creating a list with your child, they can visualise what needs to be done and check off each task once complete.

Write the list of tasks in order of importance, so the most important one is completed first. Once this has been done, your child can make their way through the tasks until they are complete.