Procrastination, odds are if you’ve ended up here this is exactly what you are doing. Welcome to the club we don’t have jackets because we were too busy surfing the web to make them. Unless you’ve actually searched for my Article to read it then in that case thank you and welcome.
Now not to brag but I’m the Queen of procrastination. If they gave out awards or trophies for it I would win hands down every time. Take now for instance, I have a heap of work that will keep growing but I am here writing a article about procrastinating. I think I need help!
So what is your poison? What keeps you busy until 8pm when you realise you have done nothing with your day?
Now procrastinating in a way is an art form. It is time consuming, takes skill to perfect and a lifestyle. You know you’re good when you’ve ended up looking at content on your newsfeed from 3 days ago, or you’re looking through the Facebook page of the guy you like sister’s friend. Im most cases like me you may end up on a strange part of YouTube.
I once intended to put some music on for background noise whilst writing my essay and some hours later ended up watching a documentary on trans-gender kids. I also managed to start by reading an article on animal cruelty and ended up watching elephants giving birth and the world’s largest spot being popped.
* I must warn you these parts of the internet are not for the faint hearted so approach with caution.*
I hope you will have that moment when you think “hey how the hell did I get here?” Like I do frequently.
I hope it’s not just me.
…2 hours later…
So Google assures me I am not the only one. It is true we procrastinate in all aspects of life; studies have been done into it. I kid you not. It has been proven we’d rather indulge in the moment than think about the future.
For example you start a blog because “it will look good on your CV”. Future employers will be impressed by your writing prowess but you never write a single post or maybe post once every year and start with “I know I have become quite neglectful of my blog but…” I have managed to actually post on mine more frequently so that’s one small victory *crowds cheering and polite applause*
The gym, need I say more. Many of us make that resolution that we will start going to the gym and get that rock hard set of abs. You sign up, buy some trainers and all the Lycra wear and profess: “I’ll start on Monday”. It then becomes next Monday and the Monday after that, all the while your trainers are gathering dust in the corner and £20 is being robbed from your bank account each month. Just cut a piece of cake and accept that teeny bikini will remain in your wardrobe.
It’s the same with assignments. The deadlines seem far off in the future so you fill your time with pointless web surfing, Facebooking and movie watching. Then it’s the week or day before and you realise you should have started it sooner.
NETFLIX! I think it was specifically designed by Satan, a device to make students fail their degrees. A tool, resulting in the everyday working man hissing at sunlight after spending the whole weekend cooped up inside, in the world to meth cooking and red weddings. If they taught a degree in procrastination, hang on what am I saying? It wouldn’t be taught, everyone would be too busy doing nothing, but if there was such a thing firsts all-round.
However if you’re like me you like to make plans for what you may do in the not so distant future or as they are better known, to do lists.
I am also the list Queen (yes I can be the Queen of more than one thing). I am currently sat on about 12 to do lists all incomplete. I seem to write one a day, updating each one with things I haven’t yet done and new things I need to do. They end up being three pages long. I also like to write on one thing that I’ve already done so I can have the satisfaction of crossing something off. It’s pretty sad really but in some way having a list of things I need to do makes me feel a bit organised.
But all in all we are creatures of impulse, always searching for a quick fix rather than a long term solution. I mean who choose the difficult option on purpose?
Please share your own examples of extreme procrastination in the comments.