Don’t Procrastinate When it Comes to Procrastination!
Nip procrastination in the bud with these 7 tips from the experts at TGAA.
Are you tired of last-minute shopping trips to buy your kid art–supplies on the day before a big project you didn’t even know about? Or maybe you are more familiar with the breakfast-skipping homework sprees just before your child leaves for school. However it manifests in your child, procrastination is a behavioral issue that could seriously impact their studies and future. Sadly in recent times, we have seen this behavior being normalized as long as the kid somehow manages to get it done. Of course, a little bit of delay doesn’t sound too hard to handle, but what will you do when they start missing deadlines?
“How to stop procrastinating?”– This is a question you need to ask the minute you see your child getting into unhealthy patterns, not when it finally becomes a chronic habit.
How to Stop Procrastinating: 7 Fun Tips!
Hey parents, we all know how difficult it can be to motivate our kids to get things done on time. With so many distractions and competing priorities, no wonder that procrastination can become a common habit. Although it seems harmles, procrastination is an unhealthy habit that increases the pressure of even the smallest activities on your child. Not to say, it leads to the development of other unhealthy habits like missing breakfast, skipping sleep, and even missing important deadlines. But don’t worry, there are plenty of fun ways to encourage your kids to be more productive and do things on time!
Here are 7 tips from the experts at TGAA to help you get started. However, you need to remember that each child is unique, and not everything on this list might be helpful for your child. Get creative and work together with your child to find out what the best solution for them is.
- Create Visual Reminders
Make colorful posters or charts that your child can interact with. Get creative and let them tick off the tasks they are done with and check the ones they have to do. This teaches your child to be more organized in addition to helping them stay motivated.
- Offer Incentives
Small rewards and positive encouragement go a long way when it comes to making your child do something. It doesn’t have to be too much, even some extra playtime or their favorite candy can be the perfect reinforcement.
- Make Tasks Fun
Remember how boring homework and chores seemed when you were in school? The same mundane tasks every day can get boring, especially for kids. Turning these into games or adding humor will help your kids have fun with these activities.
- Work Together
Partner up with your kid when doing chores. Let them put away the clean clothes while you do the laundry or dry the dishes after dinner. Not only does this make the chores go faster, but it also gives you more quality time with your kid.
- Mix it Up
Every day, the same old room and the chores destroy your child’s motivation. Give them some variety– rotate chores and study methods regularly. When there is something new to look forward to, they will feel compelled to do it.
- Give Them a Break
Preventing procrastination is not about making your kid work no-stop. On the contrary, encouraging them to take regular short breaks or breaking tasks into smaller chunks is far more effective. This prevents burnout and improves productivity.
- Encourage a Growth Mindset
Most procrastinators tend to focus only on the end results. Educate your child about focusing on their progress and effort rather than just completion. Help them enjoy each aspect of their activities so that they have fun doing the whole thing.
We know how frustrating procrastination is for everyone involved– whether you are a child, a parent, or a teacher. However, with patience and creativity, you can help your child nip procrastination in the bud. These tips can help them make their lives much easier, especially considering that they will have more projects and more to study as they grow. Experimenting with these tips to find out what works for your child and then offering consistent support is the best way to beat procrastination. So what are you waiting for? Get started now!