Procrastination, by definition, is the act or habit of putting things off or delaying something that requires immediate attention. Many wouldn’t really consider procrastination a problem, considering the fact that this is an act that everyone carries out almost daily. In fact, this act of putting things off gets a bad wrap due to the people that don’t know how to wield its beautiful powers.
This week I fell victim to procrastination. With two test, one quiz, and ton of required reading the idea of tackling my to do list is overwhelming just as a thought. Plus how do professors expect so much after a what was scheduled to be a long weekend. I understand that an extra day off from classes should mean more time to study and get the work done but these Netflix shows aren’t going to binge watch themselves, right? Well the weekend has come and gone, and I am no wiser about any of my class materials than I was last week. But I digress…
I have come to embrace the fact that procrastination can and will befall me at any given time. I have also learned that procrastination is not synonymous with not getting your work done. So when my moment (or days in this case) of procrastination past it is time to focus up! Being a sophomore in college I have developed a system of procrastination recovery that has proven successful to this point.
First I grab snacks, it’s important to have food and water within arms reach so I don’t get up from my spot and find something else to distract me with. One second I can be getting up from my desk to grab some chips and the next second I can be in the mirror trying to figure out the who/what/where/and why’s of pimple I’ve never seen.
Second I don’t turn my phone off because, well, because I don’t want to. Yes its distracting but even if I turned it off I’d still be picking it up so as a compromise I just turn the volume off. No random dings or buzzing to tamper with any train of thought I may be having at any given moment unless I want to the distraction.
Lastly, I study and and get into #DoMode just as hard as I procrastinate. In order to get to where I want to be and get the grades necessary to get there I know hard work is a must. As I mentioned before procrastination is the same as not getting your work done at all. So I will study and work as long as I have to without breaks until I feel I have a decent grasp of the material.
Tonight I have checked out of my weekend procrastination mode, and I am now flipping my #DoMode switch to on. With the power of snacks, a silent phone, and the my focus I don’t plan on leaving this spot for the next few hours. If you are a procrastinator like me, then make sure work just as hard when it’s time to focus up.