Queen of Procrastination: How NOT To Waste Time

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If there is one flaw I am terribly flanked with, it is procrastination. Procrastination followed me since I was a college student, and seriously, is not planning to leave me any soon. And I know well that a lot of people are suffering from the same problem.

Procrastination shows the most when:

-You are no longer committed to a regular daily routine.
-You have more time than work.
-You are slightly over confident.

In my case, I am a bit of all: I haven’t yet started my new job (a surprise I will be revealing soon) and I am taking a lot of freelance work. I no longer have classes so I am just writing my thesis. I have more time than work because I tend to finish my work quickly (I am truly efficient when I am focused) and I am a bit overconfident; another flaw that’s planning to overstay its welcome.

So I developed a few measures to beat, or at least limit procrastination. I will be sharing them with you point by point below:

• Make daily to-do lists, and make sure they are realistic.

• Schedule your tasks in a way that allows some slack; no one can become efficient overnight.

• Divide your big tasks into smaller achievable portions so you can reward yourself every now and then. And so that you can see motivating progress more frequently.

• Schedule frequent breaks, especially if you have such a short span of focus like mine. These will allow you to recharge and tackle your work with a fresh mind every time.

• Schedule your own deadlines always a couple of days before the official deadlines for any task; and religiously follow your schedule.

• Find your daily efficient zone, and schedule your work in it. This is my version of “wake up early”. I am not efficient in the morning, so I tend to schedule my work mid-day and late night. People have different energy cycles; find out your own and use it to your advantage.

• Get a friend or a parent to monitor your work and bug you about it! I have my best friend up my a** all the way from Saudi Arabia!

• Sign in into two different activities that will force you to maintain a daily schedule. For example I signed in into gym and dance classes; which breaks my day into three time slots and forces me to adapt accordingly.

• Finally, do not obsess about it; cut yourself some slack; and reward yourself every day you get to finish your to-do list!!

Glamorously Yours;
Patricia

3 thoughts on “Queen of Procrastination: How NOT To Waste Time

  1. Laziness and lack of work are two common issues most teenagers face. In fact, the shift from high school to college is the major cause behind wasting a lot of time. In college, most of the work is done at home whereas at high school most of the learning part is made in class. The extra time given to college students to study outside their classes and the choice to organize their time by themselves sometimes leads them to be inefficient most of their time. To be efficient, a person should start by being happy. In my opinion, a happy, satisfied person could always be efficient whereas an unhappy, miserable person will always find excuses to sit and do absolutely nothing. A happy person is a motivated person that can achieve goals compared to an unhappy person that finds himself useless most of the time. In general, happiness comes from friends and families. In order to be productive, meeting with people with whom a person can have fun and forget about the assignments he has been working on for weeks is necessary to maintain a healthy brain and gathering enough energy to keep moving fornt_post_ID=9185

    1. Hello Nassib; thank you for your feedback!

      I have to slightly disagree here, because sometimes being too positive will kill a part of your driving anxiety.
      I think being positive combined with being driven and some achievement anxiety is the answer

      🙂

  2. Laziness and lack of work are two common issues most teenagers face. In fact, the shift from high school to college is the major cause behind wasting a lot of time. In college, most of the work is done at home whereas at high school most of the learning part is made in class. The extra time given to college students to study outside their classes and the choice to organize their time by themselves sometimes leads them to be inefficient most of their time. To be efficient, a person should start by being happy. In my opinion, a happy, satisfied person could always be efficient whereas an unhappy, miserable person will always find excuses to sit and do absolutely nothing. A happy person is a motivated person that can achieve goals compared to an unhappy person that finds himself useless most of the time. In general, happiness comes from friends and families. In order to be productive, meeting with people with whom a person can have fun and forget about the assignments he has been working on for weeks is necessary to maintain a healthy brain and gathering enough energy to keep moving forward in life. Personally, I find that the point of life is to be happy and have fun. A person that doesn’t have fun in every moment of his life is doing something wrong, because having fun while doing anything makes it easier, better and it makes a person much more efficient. When a person is obliged to do something, although he might do it ,he will never put all his energy in it and give it his hundred per cent. For example, when I have a lot of work to do on a week end I manage to work as much as I can on Saturday, then I go out and have fun as much as I can at night in order to continue working on Sunday with the same pace. If I don’t go out and clear my mind from all the work I have to do I will eventually get tired and lose interest in what I’m doing and that will lead to less efficiency, sometimes zero efficiency and that’s when I sit on the couch for a whole day looking or thinking about all the work that I have to do and do nothing about it. Finally, if you want to do works give yourself more break, give yourself more time to chat with your friends, go to the gym and discover new things in life. If you think that being more efficient is about working all the time you are totally wrong.

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