PROCRASTINATION IS THE 1 THING EVERYONE HAS TIME FOR!
When I started this blog a year ago, I decided to write a post about procrastination. After all, procrastination is the 1 thing everyone has time for! Plus, I am an expert at procrastination. An authority. I promptly (the audacity of using that word!) spent a year putting this off.
Flash forward to a month ago, when I once again decided to revisit procrastination. What better way to research a post than to take a walk? I dragged my husband and Louie outside.
We saw a manatee! (What I’m doing above is taking this cool video!)
Once we returned, I immediately began researching manatee facts, which lead me to click on a video about octopuses (see post about a new octopus species) which took me down a YouTube spiral.
I ended up watching fashion videos about which colors look best with metallic shoes –that I don’t even own– and how to create the perfect smokey eye. Mine turned out more like the 2nd pic.
By nine PM, I tore myself away, went outside, and looked at the night sky. I began to wonder how long it takes to get to Mars. (photo courtesy NASA, where I spent at least another hour)
BLAME THE INTERNET
This is hard to believe, but the internet did not give rise to procrastination! (I enjoy blaming inanimate objects for my issues.)
Actually, there is a recent study that does blame social networking for increased procrastination!
PROCRASTINATION PODCAST IF YOU PREFER TO LISTEN!
Let’s get back to procrastination! After all, procrastination is 1 thing everyone has time for, right? Right!
What is procrastination? I asked Louie for his take on it.
WHY DO I PROCRASTINATE SO MUCH? (I won't point fingers here.)
So why am I my own worst enemy?
This starts in our brains!
Neuroscientists have found that procrastination is a battle between the ‘feeling’ part of the brain and the ‘rational’ part of our brains.
The limbic system and the prefrontal cortex.
PROCRASTINATION AND COVID
All right, I’ll address the elephant in the room. Procrastination and covid.
Covid has made things worse. (What else is new?)
Let’s look at the plus side of putting things off.
PROCRASTINATION HELPS CREATIVITY
Sure, stopping mid-way in a task can help the creative juices flow. But this isn’t going to work if we put off the task for three weeks. Or three months.
While procrastination can be a tough tendency to fight, experts say there are things we can do to avoid falling into its mental trap.
(Don’t ask how long it took me to choose that fun giphy above…okay, you can ask but the answer validates this post!)
A FEW TIPS TO BEAT PROCRASTINATION
By telling a friend or family member, iow stating your goal out loud, this helps makes it more real.
Some experts say that telling people in your life about your goal can be counterproductive! (Like me telling my husband I wasn’t going to purchase anything on online for three months. Not my best idea.)
So if you prefer someone more neutral, email me and just type out your goal!
Post-its on my monitor are immensely helpful.
I create calendar events all the time.
It also makes me feel more popular when I’m getting notifications!
a 2020 study in the International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology found that people who practiced even brief mindfulness exercises were more likely to stay on task.
I have a mediation app called ‘Waking Up’ that calms me right down!
My son told me about this! You work while a person works on a video. There is often a timer going.
I like this! Once in awhile, I glance over at the video. The person is concentrating and it motivates me to stay focused. I feel as if I need to keep at it because the person on my screen is working.
I admit that there is a danger of falling down the YouTube chasm of which study buddy to watch, but this method works really well!
I find that I’m much calmer when I work out first! Or take a break and go work out instead of watching Netflix. (We’re still working through Criminal Minds, but I have an after 8 PM rule! Okay, after 7. But still, it’s rule!)
A FEW MORE TIPS TO BEAT PROCRASTINATION
PROCRASTINATION QUIZ....OR SURVEY IF THE WORD QUIZ CAUSES ANGST
I thought it would be fun to take a quick procrastination quiz! This way, you can see if you are really a procrastinator or not!
Of course the responses are subjective but what isn’t subjective when it comes to psychology?
Ironically, some would say a procrastination quiz is a form of procrastination.
I say this is information-gathering!
This is my first quiz so please let. me know if there are any glitches!
Think of it as a procrastination survey if the word ‘quiz’ makes your hands sweat!
This is a self-assessment survey, devised by by a procrastination research group in Canada.
Click on the link below! (It will take you less than a minute. I bet you have time!)
PROCRASTINATION: THE 1 THING EVERYONE HAS TIME FOR
Kidding aside, everything we do is a choice. When we think this way, it gives us more control over our propensity to put things off!
Defeating procrastination is the same thing as gaining control over your own life.
Much of what makes us happy or unhappy—from levels of satisfaction and self-esteem, to regrets —is severely affected by procrastination.
I’d write more on this topic but I see some dust on the table. I better get right on that!
Let me know in the comments below what you think!
Are you a procrastinator like me?