Eh, I’ll motivate you tomorrow.
Dumb jokes aside, procrastination was a serious problem for me in college. I’d only study the night before an exam, and I wouldn’t even start writing research papers until the night before. I was proud of the last undergraduate paper I ever wrote- I started it a day and a half before it was due, rather than just 12 hours before or so.
What worked for me was to set aside a HUGE chunk of time. You only need four hours of studying? Set aside twenty. Say that you’re going to get through one chapter of the textbook every hour (or one page of the paper, whatever), and then gradually spread it out. Procrastinate, but make sure you have enough time to actually get it done.
It’d take me a lot of time to do something that I could normally do in ten minutes. Sure, clean the shower drain, or write an email to someone you haven’t heard from in three years, but stay at least theoretically in study-mode.
Reward yourself for each little milestone. Re-read that first chapter of the book? Take a break and watch a half hour of TV. Read the next chapter of the book. Go clean the drain, and count the holes in the ceiling. Read another chapter of the book.
Realize that eight hours have gone by, and you could have read the book in two. Get distracted by navel lint.
Read another chapter of the book, determined to go all the way through this one. Compare notes. Read. Daydream about how much cooler life would be if you had a million dollars. Haven’t you always wanted a monkey?
Repeat until the exam. Cross your fingers and hope for the best, and resolve that you’ll change your study habits, but know in your heart that you never will. (Sigh. So many missed opportunities.)
Or, try to find someone who has good study habits, and attach yourself like a leech.