How to Help Your Child Avoid Procrastination

Procrastination is one of the most difficult things children struggle with, from putting off performing small mundane household chores all the way to the bigger more important tasks like writing essays and preparing for exams. With the rise of social media, this has become a harder problem to tackle, there are however a few things you can help your child so they can avoid procrastination from taking over.

Write down: 

Ask your child to write down a list of all the things they wish to achieve on that particular day, advise them to be realistic and think about what is reasonable for a day’s worth of work, this means also including time for breaks. Having the day written out physically for your child to see lets them be more disciplined with themselves.

Break down: 

Often when it comes to studying it can be overwhelming thinking about all the things you have to cover. Ask your child to break their tasks up into subheadings if possible, for example if they are planning on doing maths revision, rather than simply writing down ‘maths’ they should be clear about which topics within the subject they wish to tackle, starting from what they are struggling with most, and then can tick them off as they go. This will make it easier for your child to track their progress. 

Envisioning the long term: 

The biggest motivation to get work done can be to think about the goals your child will achieve when they get the grades they want, remind them that the hard work they put in today will pay off later. You can ask your child to write these goals written down and displayed near where they are studying so it will keep them going.
Envisioning the positive can be a good motivator for your child and so can envisioning how they will feel if they don’t get the work done, remind them that if they lag and leave too much work for another day they are likely to get overwhelmed.

Reward: 

Remind your child that they shouldn’t overwork themselves, allow them to give themselves small rewards once they’ve completed tasks – it will work as an incentive to get things done and will help them associate working to fulfil tasks with good things.

This is sponsored post by Performance Learning, pioneering behaviour change in schools.