Procrastination is a common issue most people have experienced on occasions when they put off work – it can create stress and negatively affect your studies. It may be that there are underlying issues triggering your procrastination – this could include academic difficulties, confidence issues or perfectionism.

There is a lot of help available to address procrastination and get help with any underlying issues. First of all, it is always advisable to let your personal tutor or course leader know if you are having difficulties affecting your studies – they are there to help, and can offer useful advice and support, especially about resources available for study support.

Also consult your GP if you are feeling persistently low, or if your difficulties are significantly affecting your daily functioning.

The Student Wellbeing Service is available to all students free of charge and is experienced in providing confidential support to students for procrastination. You may find one or more of our courses and workshops helpful in teaching useful skills to promote your wellbeing. The list of recommended resources on this page will give some ideas for other strategies or sources of support.

Library books

The university library has copies of the following book which may be useful:

  • Perry, A - Isn't It About Time? How to Stop Putting Things Off and Get On with Your Life - 158.1/PER

Other resources

If you would like to research more around the topic of procrastination, the Student Wellbeing Service can recommend the following self-help resource:

Overcoming Procrastination

Comprehensive set of workbooks from the Centre for Clinical Interventions, an Australian specialist public mental health service, aimed at understanding and coping with procrastination. You may also find their workbooks on perfectionism or overcoming low self esteem helpful.

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Other self-help resources

Take a look at our other self-help resources.

Contact information
  • Student Wellbeing Service
  • Floor 2, Nuffield Centre, St Michael's Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ED
  • wellbeing-admin@port.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)23 9284 3466

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