14 Ways to Avoid Procrastination

14 ways to stop procrastination  - stop procrastinating and learn how to be more organised

I’ve often referred to myself as the Queen of Procrastination. It has been a problem that began in early adulthood – finding anything and everything I possibly could do instead of something that was important, effectively becoming extremely proficient at doing nothing. Don’t believe me? Here’s how I regularly wasted my time when a deadline was looming.

My procrastination was always at its worst when:

  • I knew that a task wouldn’t be an easy or short process.
  • I found something difficult.
  • I was rebelling against something or someone because I don’t like being told what to do, even if the person telling me to do something was myself.
  • I had to go through the process of learning something new before I even began.
  • I found it boring and/or monotonous, making it become a chore.
  • I wasn’t under pressure with an impending deadline and/or wasn’t accountable to anyone else. 
  • I was frightened of failing. 

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How to Put the ‘Pro’ in Procrastinate

big-bang-theory-procrastination-gifDo you have a major deadline looming at work? Are you behind on your assignments? Don’t know where to start? Here is how to procrastinate like a pro…

1. Make a list. Not just an average list – create the most detailed list you’ve ever written, complete with time frames and tick boxes. Assure yourself that this list will help you break your tasks down into easy chunks and make you feel less overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work ahead of you.

2. Tidy the room that you are working in. If you are at home, put a load of laundry into the machine – it’s impossible to work in an untidy environment, and you’ve been meaning to do this for ages. This will then lead to…

3. Moving objects and items of furniture around. You know the mirror would look far better on the other wall, and moving the chair would give you more space.

4. Find various amounts of change lying around the house. Count the change and put them into money bags, ready to be taken to the bank later in the day.

5. All the cleaning and organising is starting to make you hungry, so make yourself some lunch. However, you don’t have what you would really like in your cupboards, so this is a good opportunity to go to the shop and buy a few things. After all, you can’t work on an empty stomach! While there, make sure to spend at least half an hour looking for extra bargains to prevent making two trips and pick up a new toy for the cat – she’s old and cute and deserves it. Call in at the bank on the way back home and deposit the change that you collected earlier.

6. While you are eating lunch, check all your social networking sites, your blog and your email. Ensure that you spend time reading as many posts as possible and commenting. One of the posts that you read is almost certainly going to give you an idea for a post of your own, so use this as an opportunity to do a bit of research and write down some ideas on your new subject.

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7. Write the entire post.

8. Go back and edit the post when you realise that you have made ridiculous spelling mistakes throughout.

9. Turn the television on for some ‘background noise.’ Discover that one of the channels has started to show Jerry Springer episodes. You haven’t seen Jerry Springer in years, so you watch this episode, and the other two that follow, just to see whether the programme has changed or not.

10. You realise that your laundry has finished, so make sure that you take it out, put it in the dryer or spend ages hanging it out on the clothes airer. This is also a really good opportunity to match your socks up.

11. The cat is in need of some attention, so make sure that you spend the next half an hour encouraging her to play with ‘Mr Mouse,’ the new toy that you bought for her at the shop. During play time you are once again struck by just how cute she is, and therefore you have to take pictures of her. Of course, these will need editing afterwards either on Instagram or Lightroom and posting on your social networking sites.

12. After posting these, read an interesting article that a friend has shared about ‘The World’s Most Interesting People’ on Buzzfeed. This will undoubtedly lead to the discovery of other interesting articles, followed by various Wikipedia searches to find out the current situations of the people that you have just read about and almost certainly a video of Jimmy Fallon doing something amusing.

13. Look at the time, discover that it is 3.00pm and convince yourself that NOW you need to get your work done. Take out your laptop. While it is loading, use your phone to check your blog and see if you have received any comments from the post you shared earlier in the day. Discover that your friend has sent you a rather amusing cat meme, and decide that the only acceptable response is to send one back. This exchange lasts several minutes, followed by one inviting the other round to their house. Turn laptop off and meet friend.

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14. Return home in time to cook dinner and feed the cat. Realise that you have recorded an episode of ‘The Good Wife’ from the night before, and watch it whilst eating dinner. Make sure you spend time afterwards doing the washing up.

15. Your feet are feeling a little sore, so get in a long, hot bubble bath, during which you top it up several hours later when the water has gone cold. Realise that your toenails need some maintenance, and upon looking in the mirror realise that your eyebrows are beginning to take over your face, so spend the next hour rectifying this.

16. The hot water has made you sleepy, so decide to have a quick ‘power nap’ before you start your work.

Wake up at 5.30am the next day.

What about you? Are you a procrastinator?

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Motivation Needed

ImageI saw this quote from Karen Lamb and it really resonated with me this morning.

Currently, it is 1.00pm. I got out of bed at 8.30am, went to the shop to buy bacon, cooked The Bloke some bacon sandwiches, took them to him so he could have breakfast in bed, and ever since then I have been sat in bed, blogging. I started to write a post about one thing, I got bored and saved it for later, and then repeated the process with something else.

This would be fine, except for the fact that I have a monumental amount of marking and planning to do for next week and three major things in particular need to be finished off and emailed to my line manager by the end of today. I have several loads of washing to do, I have to put away my clean clothes and the upstairs part of the house needs vacuuming.

This is a nasty habit that I have developed over the last few years – my life has become procrastination central. The main issue isn’t that the marking and planning doesn’t interest me – once I’ve begun and ‘in the zone’ so to speak, I find that I can get quite absorbed with what I’m doing and feel a sense of satisfaction when it is completed – it’s getting the motivation to start doing it in the first place.  This morning I had a thought:

If I had started this work yesterday I would have been finished by now…

If I do nothing else this year, this is the thing that I would like to change the most over 2014. So much so, in fact, that I am going to now put down my laptop, pick up my school laptop, do the work and then reward myself tomorrow with an uninterrupted blog fest in a tidy house, guilt free.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/daily-prompt-barriers/

What about you guys? Does procrastination work for you?

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I wrote this earlier, but it applies to the current Daily Prompt so I thought that I would link it in…

 

Procrastination Central Courtesy of YouTube.

I read a post recently by one of my favourite bloggers, Kaela, who included a fabulous video of Jimmy Fallon and The Roots performing ‘All I Want For Christmas’ on classroom instruments with Mariah Carey. Consequently, when I settled down to start doing some marking I was reminded of this and as a result have been on YouTube for nearly two hours.

The problem with YouTube is the variety of sheer fabulousness that exists in the big wide world – one brilliant video links to another, what starts as a quick ‘sneaky peak’ turns into a marathon viewing session and by the time you realise what you’re doing you’ve watched hundreds of moments of silliness, heartbreak, hilarity and genius. It’s an emotional rollercoaster.

As I’ve already wasted such a monumental amount of time I decided to make the process worthwhile by creating a ‘boredom playlist.’ You don’t have to watch all of these, but if you’re ever feeling despondant and irritable, here is a collection of some ridiculous musical based videos that I’m sure will keep you entertained. Unless you’re mature. Or sensible. Or relatively normal. Or you’ve seen them twenty times already.

Jimmy Fallon and The Roots featuring Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines on classroom instruments. (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon)

Misheard Song Lyrics (PleatedJeans)

Call Me Maybe Chatroulete (Steve Kardynal)

Living on a Prayer (with the help of a goat or two) (Miguel Rubio)

Christina Bianco Sings with Nineteen Different Voices (Christina Bianco)

Michael Buble Sings With a Fifteen Year Old Fan (Michael Buble)

Literal Version Of Total Eclipse Of the Heart (artistwithouttalent)

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Enjoy!

The Queen Of Procrastination

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/daily-prompt-time/

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If I had a middle name, it would be ‘procrastination.’ I am the queen of finding alternative things to do despite knowing that important work needs to be completed.
A few months ago I set myself a ’90 Day Procrastination Challenge.’ I failed miserably. I set myself another challenge at the beginning of the summer, and while I am a little more successful this time around in my attempt to get organised, I still could have done far more. This is my current list of important things that I should be doing:
1. Marking and planning.
2. Organising and de-cluttering my possessions.
3. House – hunting.
4. Exercising and losing weight.
Granted, I have done SOME of this, but I find that I am doing these activities instead:
1. Socialising.
2. Blogging.
3. Editing photographs.
4. Playing with the cats.
5. Sleeping.
6. Watching Jeremy Kyle (UK talk show similar to Jerry Springer, without the fighting).
7. Blogging.
8. Scrap booking.
9. Travelling.
10. Blogging.
My reasons?
1. I’m lazy.
2. The tasks that need completing don’t interest me.
3. I enjoy writing more than exercising.
4. I enjoy scrap booking more than marking.
5. I enjoy watching TV more than cleaning.
6. I enjoy catching up with my friends more than any of it.
I make promises to myself, I avoid them and then get stressed and upset when I have to complete a task in a tenth of the time I originally had. I’ve lost sleep worrying about incomplete tasks that are due the following day. I’ll panic, rush to finish something, swear to myself that I’ll never do it again, and repeat the same process later on.
So, with two weeks to go before I have to go back to work, will I get it all done? I’ll start it now. Ooh, Zorro’s on – I’ll start it after that. Actually, maybe after Sunday lunch – me and The Bloke haven’t had one of those in ages…