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Tips on how to manage procrastination over the project,

Scott Hayden

on 5 May 2016

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What will you do each week (for the next 5 weeks) until 10th June?

Record it in your phone/ somewhere you can and will see it

Week 1 = ?
Week 2 = ?
Week 3 = ?
Week 4 = ?
Week 5 = ?

Vlog/ Podcast/ Written
You could try The Pomodoro Technique?

Express your goals in a statement.

Make your plans, progress, benefits and rewards as concrete as possible and then document them.

This will significantly boost your chances of success.
Professor Richard Wiseman, in his book '59 Seconds', shares the results of his large scale scientific study into the psychology of motivation.

The research showed the following 5 tools are the ones that significantly increase the likelihood of people successfully achieving their goals.
Have a plan and break it down into a series of sub-goals which helps remove fear and hesitation.

Stating your aim is the start but does not by itself lead to success.

Explaining HOW you intend to achieve your goal makes success much more likely.

Make the sub-goals concrete, measurable and time based.
Tell others about your goal – friends, family or colleagues.

Making a public commitment makes us more likely to stick to our goals, less likely to slip back into old habits and also gain support from those we have included.
Remind yourself of the benefits associated with achieving your goals: having an objective check list of how things will be better once you have obtained your aim.

Focus on the positive benefits of realising your goals.

Not the negative aspects of not changing.
Look at your 2 GOALS again.

I want you to attach a reward to each of your sub-goals - this will give you something to look forward to and provide a sense of achievement.
Avoid procrastination by chopping a task down into sub-tasks, and then telling yourself you will just work on it for only a few minutes.

This helps us to avoid the anxiety we feel at the prospect of starting a task which could take a lot of work to complete.

I'm Professor Richard Wiseman, and You Are Welcome

Wiseman Out.

Tell others about your goal/ something you want to achieve by updating stating your goal in our Facebook group

On the provided post-it write at least two GOALS (one college/ one personal)...for example

Your goal


At least 3 sub-goals/ stages
between now and the
achievement of your goal.

Put your GOALS in to the envelope (but don't close it)

Message me (Direct message on Twitter or FB) Scott BCoTMedia stating the following...

What will be better once you have met one of your goals? (you choose which one)

What are the positives?

What will you reward yourself with once you achieve your goal/s?
You need to demonstrate pro-active, organised, mature, independent, and professional skills to achieve MERIT's, and/ or DISTINCTION's.

Take responsibility for your work, take pride in your work, and show that you can be independent when developing your work IF you want the top grades.
Today I want you to demonstrate independent learning

To learn and apply methods for managing your own procrastination throughout your career
The act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or deferring an action to a later time
The PROCRASTINATION WAR is between your....

Pre-frontal cortex - long term aims/ being productive

Limbic system - powerful primitive/ immediate satisfaction

Work out what your temptations are.

Please record a vlog, podcast, or text post explaining how you will reduce their tangibility?

(Tangible = something you can see/ hear/taste)

Write it in a Google Doc
If anyone is getting in the way of you achieving your aims please let me know.

What three strategies have you deployed before coming to your Lecturers with a question?

In #bcotmedia lectures we want a culture of students thriving when being stuck - trying to find a solution yourselves rather than just giving up and asking your Lecturers.

Be curious. Don’t be spoon-fed. Use the tools available and engage your brain if you want the top marks.

Chances are you already know the answer to your question but are not thinking or making links.

So…you may only ask me for a solution once you have checked at least 3 of the following:






Once you have done this you can ask your Lecturer for a solution


You need to evidence that you have carried out the 3B4ME method if you want Distinctions.

A few Teachers on Twitter were commenting as to why some of their students procrastinate/ do not try.

Here is what a few said....

For some it is a could be a lack of motivation/ work ethic
For some it is anxiety about failure (so you never really try)
For some it is a case of being spoilt/ feeling entitled to be entertained all the time rather than working hard

It is more complicated than just one thing...
BUT.... it is difficult to limit PROCRASTINATION when you have access to so much instant lovely gratification.

Perhaps boredom comes a bit too easily once you are used to getting what you want IMMEDIATELY.

I will be more employable

I will earn more money and will be able to buy a Canon 5D mkII

I will build up my show-reel so I can get more Directing work
When I finish all my marking today I will....

Buy a Chinese takeaway for my wife, baby Lucy and I.

Because I know how to treat my girls.

In teams I want you to interview one another.

Please take turns answering these questions...

1. 'What causes you to procrastinate?'
2. 'What would help you to procrastinate less?'
I want to be able to direct another music video

1. I will reach out to my friends/ their industry contacts for bands/ artists in need of a video

2. I will compile a blog/ site to showcase my work so as to advertise my skills to the band/ artist

3. I will meet with as many bands/ artists as possible in person or via Skype/ Google Hangouts in January

4. I will have begun pre-production mood-boarding and storyboarding by August 2016
For some, it's important to have a reason/ purpose to achieve.

It makes the rewards all the more satisfying....
1. Critically think and respond to the #ATOdebate question on Twitter

2. Understand and apply at least three of Professor Wiseman's motivational methods to your project/s

3. Identify and explain how you will limit your own procrastination in college

4. Demonstrate recall and application of information to your own planning and development
You know how we do this
You will now set yourself a few goals.

Think about what you want to achieve between now and 10th June.

For the remainder of today's session you will be working to meet your deadlines (Reminders are on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and our site)

Be specific - what will you achieve by the end of this session?

As we have until 27th May for your WEBISODE - VIRAL CAMPAIGN project deadline I want to look at something that a few of you have asked for help with.

It definitely affects me as well.

I will be checking your learning in the Re-cap Booth

Name at least 3 of the places to check for answers before asking your Lecturer

Which Procrastination methods will you use?

When is your work for other Lecturers due in?
Coming in to lectures to watch YouTube, play games, and/ or scroll through irrelevant sites might be a way of putting off the anxiety of failure many students experience.
If you don't try your best you can't be judged
Devices at Night-time
Research suggests that exposure to blue light before sleep may distort our natural (circadian) rhythm and cause inability to fall asleep.

The cause is the photoreceptor in your eyes, called Melanopsin. This receptor is sensitive to a narrow band of blue light in the 460-480mm range which may suppress Melatonin production - a hormone responsible for your healthy sleep-wake cycles.
In experimental scientific studies it has been shown an average person reading on a tablet or smart phone for a couple of hours before bed time may find their sleep delayed by about an hour.

Apps like 'Twilight' make your device screen adapt to the time of the day. It filters the flux of blue light emitted by your phone or tablet after sunset and protects your eyes with a soft red filter.

The filter intensity is smoothly adjusted to the sun cycle based on your local sunset and sunrise times.

MY GOAL - Create Video Tutorials

Get college to buy me a good webcam
Speak to Technician Pete about a mic
Practice on Monday and Tuesday afternoons
Over-use of particular drugs at this time in life can effect you forever
Some of you will have drifted off even as I said that.

Procrastination has, arguably, effected your generation more than any other.
I want you to do this without being ironic.

Be sincere.

Don't hide behind jokes.

Confront it seriously.
Is it necessary for a President or any elected official to show respect and tolerance to those with different faiths and beliefs? #ATOdebate
Free Note-taking apps

Google Keep
Some believe it is a choice of your mindset....

GROWTH MINDSET - strives to get better and improve, thrives on feedback, wants challenges and wants to grow

FIXED MINDSET - believes you are what you are, if things don't work out looks for excuses, wants confirmation of what they are and avoids challenges to this

Please draw a pie-chart and use % to divide for me how you spend your average college day:

Time procrastinating
Time being productive
Time sleeping

On your mini-whiteboards try and work out the following...

Your WEBISODE + VIRAL CAMPAIGN needs to be complete by FRIDAY 27th MAY

Work out how many hours you will spend working on it?
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