Procrastinationon July 29, 2011 at 2:01 AM
I have fallen victim to the great time management virus known as Procrastination!!! I know that I haven’t posted in a week, mainly because my new hours are killer, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t type something into notepad while I’m at work. No, I have no excuse… just an explanation; my friends coerced me into playing League of Legends. God I’m weak when it comes to MMO type games. That’s why I’m going to tell you now that once Star Wars The Old Republic comes out, I will probably fall back into the pattern that I’m going to talk about today.
So, Procrastination. This is something that plagues everyone, and how you deal with it determines how you will do in the adult world. Everyone experiences these tendencies and most know how to set it aside and work through the ever present desire to do something else. Not because you don’t want to, I’m not saying you’re lazy, but it’s just that there are somethings that you wish to do more than what you are supposed to be doing.
A Common example is Homework; it’s not that you don’t want to learn, it’s just that you’ve been learning (hopefully) for 6-8 hours already and you want to do other things with your free time. You have nothing against getting good grades, it’s just that you want to marathon Rurouni Kenshin for the 3rd time, because you swear that the more you watch the series, the closer you get to being able to perform the Amakakeru Ryu no Hikameki with an umbrella.
The same applies as an adult. I should be working on tickets when I’m sitting at my desk, instead sometimes my mouse SOMEHOW takes be to Kotaku.com to check on the 3DS price drop. I don’t know HOW it happened, but it did… not my fault. So I must force myself to shut the tab and get back to work, only to find that OOPS! How did THAT happen? The tab didn’t really close? And now it’s back open?!? Oh well, wonder what’s on Lifehacker? Maybe today they’ll tell me how to make a Watermelon into an MP3 player.
You get my point, the only thing that you can really do is train yourself to shorten the time it takes for you to get back on task. Change the procrastination into a short 10 minute break every 2 hours. That way you’ll get your work done and reward yourself with getting all of that wonderful free time. This is something that I’ve wrestled with for a very long time. It’s really a wonder that I have a high school diploma! Now, I’m not educationally challenged, I just didn’t put any value in Homework, and that’s what almost did me in. Just try, it’s only 4 years/8 hours/30 minutes that you need to focus, then it’s done and you can enjoy your extracurricular activities without that guilt hanging over your head.
I’m going to make an effort to post these from now on, it’s how Adsense knows what to advertise so I really need to be diligent. No more excuses!