Imagine the panic I felt as I pulled into the University parking lot at 9:10 am. My class was going to start at 9:30, and I still needed the library printer for the paper I was to turn in this morning. I felt overjoyed as I ran to the bus stop just as the bus I needed pulled up. I hopped on board, and off we went towards the library.
At 9:18 I was briskly walking through the library doors, luckily, I had sent my paper from my laptop to the printer over the WiFi network. I swiped my ID, printed my paper, and ran back out of the library. I crossed the street, ran into the building my class was in, up the stairs, and into my class room at 9:29.
I know what you are thinking, “Why didn’t you leave sooner?” Well let me tell you.
I am a procrastinator.
Procrastination has always been a problem for me. Countless hours of staring at a blank screen suffering major writer’s block until 2 hours before the deadline has ruined my ability to complete work early. I have tried different methods of meditation, writing the wrong deadline in my planner (for two days early), and even tried to convince myself that I was going to fail my class if I didn’t finish it early.
It seems that the only time I ever get housework done is when I have homework. I get laundry and dishes going, papers organized, and the vacuum ran. It was to the point where I stayed late on campus to avoid going home. I knew I would find ways to distract myself there. I have been “kicked out” of the library at 3 am because that’s when they close and they start towing cars at 3:30.
I decided it was time to seek advice from other people and see how they deal with the Procrastination Beast. A friend introduced me to Lifehack.org and their blog post 11 Practical Ways To Stop Procrastination.
While “get a grip and just do it,” may not seem like the best advice out of context, it really was something I needed to hear. All of the tips are easy to do if you find a way to make yourself do them.
Starting now, I am going to do my best to avoid procrastinating. Especially when it comes to things like my education, health, safety, and writing!
How do you slay the Procrastination Beast? Leave your advice in the comments!!!