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Lately, I’ve been very lazy and keep pushing off the tasks from my task list unless and until the very task is on my neck. Or as I would like to call it, lazying around. And that happened yesterday, later on, I realised I’ve been procrastinating a lot, this led me to find out more about this. What is Procrastination? I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of this word before. Let’s now look into this bit more effectively, okay?
Procrastination is the act of delaying or putting off tasks until their deadline or till the last minute. Well, that’s what all Engineers do with their assignments. Nothing new for me on this. And hell, I’ve been procrastinating for this article too. Some studies have shown that procrastination is even related to more emotional well-being than time management. So, as per the articles, I’ll be only discussing the non-emotional, rational mindset about this laziness that is dear to you and me, we’ll be checking its emotional effect some other time 😉
Procrastination is like a game, where you are in a chill zone until you face the level where you’ve to defuse a bomb (your task) or all your friends would die… it’s that position when we actually start to work and try to defuse the bomb. Remember those days where we used to get homework and we just keep it till the last moment. I’ll share what happened with me on this one time.
Lazy since childhood…
I received homework on Friday, which was due on Wednesday, so I was super chill, relaxing, and playing over the weekend. On Monday evening I decided to do it tomorrow. When I returned from school on Tuesday, I forgot that there was a Harry Potter movie that was airing that evening and I couldn’t miss that. My mom even asked me whether I’ve done my homework before handing me over the remote, to which me being the good kid said, “Yes! I’ve completed it on weekend itself 😈” Now, the movie evening was awesome. Totally, engaging for any 10-year-old kid. Then I went to bed, the next morning I met reality and initially panicked about the homework. This was till I stepped out of my house since taking a sick day wasn’t an option anymore.
On my way to school, cycling I was planning all the use-cases, “Okay, so homework will be checked in 5th period, which is after lunch, so I’ll get some time in lunch break”, “The 3rd period is Maths, I can do some homework when the teacher gives me time for solving problems”, so on… Today, remembering this made me realise, procrastination is something that’s always been there, just I’ve realised it before. Most of us haven’t for that matter. We delay and delay things till the very end. Even as kids, we have faced this but have never seen this as the problem and once my homework was complete and checked, the bomb for the day was defused, and the feeling was as intense as it would have been with the actual bomb.
Dealing with it…
To be honest, I’m myself, regularly finding ways to fight procrastination in various activities. I keep skipping cycling or gym due to the weather. Or keep pushing my tasks around to have some time for Instagram or just laying around and so many other things in the world, which I know are useless. But today, tomorrow, or someday, that task will be due and it’ll be again a game of defusing the bomb. So I’ve been toying around a lot of things to make sure I don’t procrastinate, here are a few tips, which have worked for me. I am still working on myself and maybe you are doing the same. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter or Instagram and we both can get things worked up rather than lazying around. So here are tips that worked for me –
- Make use of Apps with reminders – The technology is at par today, I’ve tried tons of apps for time tracking or reminder and I’ve now stuck with one app which helps me manage everything and set reminders which pop-up on my phone as well as my computer – Notion. It’s highly customisable app and I’ll someday give a tour of my setup of Notion too. For starters, you can pick basic templates and make to-dos for yourself and set reminders for each task, this helped me a lot. Might be beneficial for you too.
- Break Down Tasks to Inputs – Break all your tasks into a small chunks of work inputs. For example, I usually break down my article writing task to 6 small steps and try to keep doing atleast one step a day or more if possible. This helps me to be on this regularly without over-whelming myself about anything.
- Eliminating Distractions (the Phone) – Considering the quote, “Modern problems require modern solution”, the major problem of eliminating distractions can be dealt with by keep your phone away. Although, it’s most amazing tech creation, it is also most distracting too. Try and reduce your phone time as much as possible. It’s hard, I know, even I keep trying this one…
- Celebrate Small Victories – It’s important to celebrate small victories on the way, since procrastination isn’t a one day thing. Keep a track of your tasks and make sure to reward yourself over the weekend for fulfilling the week if you do it.
That being said… there is a lot of emotional connection to determine the cause of our laziness as well as its consequences. I’ll try to make sure, you and I have a good conversation about that side of the story as well. As soon as possible, without further procrastination. Laters!