Are you currently procrastinating studying for your upcoming CIPS exams? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, procrastination seems to be a common self-sabotage technique that many students engage in before exams. But fear not, for I am here to give you a little bit of humorous motivation to kick that procrastination habit to the curb!
First things first, let’s talk about the many forms of procrastination that students engage in before exams. You’ve got your classic Netflix binges, your social media scrolls, your cleaning sprees (because who doesn’t suddenly become obsessed with organizing their sock drawer when they’re supposed to be studying?), and of course, the classic “I’ll just take a quick nap and then get back to it” move that we all know never ends well.
But have you ever heard of the “procrasti-bake”? That’s right, folks, sometimes students will even turn to baking as a form of procrastination before exams. Suddenly, making a batch of cookies or whipping up a cake from scratch seems like a much better use of time than studying for that pesky math exam. Hey, I’m not here to judge – if you end up with a delicious treat at the end of it all, at least you’ve got something to show for your procrastination!
Now, let’s talk about the consequences of procrastination. Sure, in the moment it might feel great to put off studying and indulge in some mindless distractions. But when it comes time to actually take that CIPS exam, you’re going to regret not putting in the time and effort beforehand. And let’s be real, nobody wants to be the person who shows up to the exam feeling completely unprepared and scrambling to remember even the most basic information. Especially if this is a constructive response exam at one of the higher levels such as the advanced or Professional Diploma
So what can you do to avoid procrastination? Well, for starters, try setting a specific study schedule for yourself and sticking to it. Break up your studying into manageable chunks, and give yourself breaks in between to avoid burnout. And if you find yourself getting distracted, try implementing the “pomodoro technique” – work for 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute break. Rinse and repeat until you’ve conquered that study session! If you want to learn more about this we talked about it on another blog here
In conclusion, dear reader, procrastination may seem like a harmless way to pass the time before exams, but in reality, it can be a major form of self-sabotage. So put down the Netflix remote, step away from the oven, and get cracking on that study guide! Your future self (and your exam result) will thank you.
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