Procrastination Level Unlimited

Throughout my short 21 year life span to date, there has been one skill that I have become very adjusted too. A skill I’m not exactly proud of, but a skill I gladly tolerate when the situation arises. Im sure I’m not the only person aware of the term ‘procrastination’. To put it in short terms, procrastination involves putting a certain task off until the last minute, spending your time doing more enjoyable and less important things. In my case, I’m still searching for the reason why I tolerate this skill. I don’t even think it should be classified as a ‘skill’ but I’ve become so good at it that I may as well add it into my category of skills learned.

As you are all aware, I spent the last six months living in Barcelona as part of my cooperative education through college. The majority of time is spent actually doing the work/job you have been assigned, which in my case was an English Language Assistant. However, one thing you are expected to do is write a report at the end of your assigned period. A report consisting of a minimum of 10 pages explaining all about your cooperative education, the skills you improved, your experience in a new environment/culture and so on. Keep in mind that I started back in January and finished up the end of June, also having the months of July, August and a week in September to knuckle down and start this report. It was advised to begin this report within the first few weeks of arrival, just to get a grip on it and keep things ticking over. What did I decide to do? Leave it until the day before to write…

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The worst part is that I genuinely have no idea why I left it until the day before it was due. I’m not a lazy person, far from it. I have an interest in writing and don’t find it irritating to write a report such as this. Procrastinating isn’t something I even do in my general life, apart from college. It has become very clear to me that since starting college, I’ve found myself procrastinating more and more every day. The majority of my assignments are left unnoticed until I have no choice but to do them. If you tell me I need to go to the bank to sign a form due in a few months time, I’ll be there within a day of you notifying me. If someone asks me to do them a favour or a job for them, I’ll get right to it and waste no time. But if I know that a college assignment is due in a month’s time, what do I do? Nothing. Not until it’s due in an hour and I need to do it or else I’ll fail.

I’ve been trying to think of reasons why I am so accepting towards procrastination in relation to college work. It’s not like I have that hectic a schedule or anything. Obviously, training for athletics 5/6 days a week does take up most of my evenings and weekends are spent working but I still find myself with hours upon hours of free-time in college. Hours spent doing nothing, apart from stuffing my face with food or watching funny clips on YouTube or Facebook. I don’t specifically tell myself I’m going to leave this work until the last second, it just naturally happens. It’s a bad habit I know, but one I’m looking for ways to break! Maybe it’s the fact that I still get good grades, even when procrastinating. Maybe I get a thrill from having to write an assignment in two hours. Either Way, I’m bewildered and still can’tย find the answersย I’m looking for.

Yesterday was spent writing this report. It was actually quite tedious, a lot more than I thought it would be. I found myself having to remember a lot of things about my work placement. Certain situations and aspects of work that I had to recollect. In the end, I managed to conjure up 13 pages that I was relatively happy with. The actual report itself took me roughly three hours to write. The picture below summed up my experience. Huffing and puffing! Regretting not starting the project earlier and not having to deal with the situation I had landed myself in.

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After I had finished the report, and submitted it to the college, I began to think. Could I not have handled this situation better? Starting it even at the end of my work placement in June would have given me loads of time and my mind wouldn’t have needed to be refreshed. Everything would have been relevant and writing the report would have been a breeze. I began to wonder that maybe if I started it earlier, I’d have allowed myself time to really put in 100% of my effort and push that B up to an A. As I said above, I still get good results but maybe procrastination is hindering me from getting GREAT results!

I am proud of the skills I have learnt so far in my life, but this is one I am not so proud of. It’s one I am trying to break free from. It’s not a problem in my life as such, just more of a hindrance. I’m aware of the aspects in my life that are more important to concentrate on, but it would still be nice to get out of this bad habit. I’m thinking, searching and inevitably going to find a way to clear my mind of procrastination.

Do you find yourself procrastinating at times? Do you know a way to break free from this trait? Let me know in the comments below!

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30 thoughts on “Procrastination Level Unlimited

  1. Not that I’m encouraging procrastination but I totally relate to this – I do exactly the same with my uni work and have done in all the degrees I studied – and I think the added pressure makes me work better. Some people work best under pressure and still manage to come out on top.
    I’m sure that will change one day though hehe.
    Well done for getting it done in the end! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. That’s very true actually, maybe I also enjoy the added pressure! Doesn’t make it any easier though haha. I hope so and thank you. I was pretty happy with the finished project ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I used to do this all the time at university. I’m not sure if my results would have improved if I hadn’t procrastinated or not as I probably would have still competed a similar work load (I would have sat in front of my computer and worked through one day to complete an assignment, not taken my time and worked over several days).
    I even left my final project to the last moment, even when they made you do draft after draft before hand, I was in the library for 96 hours before the due date putting the final draft together. I dread to think what my finished dissertation read like.
    So I can totally relate.

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    1. I think university just brings it out in everyone! Yes, that’s true actually. Maybe I would be the same as you in that regards. Wow, that’s tough going haha. I’m sure you managed to get through it in the end ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. So I relate to this so much! I don’t know when I became an expert procrastinator, but at some point in time it happened and it is also a “skill” or I liked to refer to as habit that I would like to break. I particularly enjoy procrastinating, because I feel I give better quality work when I am under pressure. When I have three weeks to get it done, I play around, get distracted, can’t focus, but when I wait until the last minute, I buckle down and crank it out. It is a weird way to look at it, but it is my only explanation as to why I am a procrastinator.

    I think one way to help your procrastination is to use a planner and write down when things are due, so you can maybe delegate certain days to work on a particular assignment instead of just ambiguously thinking you will work on it. I don’t know if that makes sense, but having a planner really helps me out.

    Also, thank you for stopping by my blog! I was glad you did, because I am enjoying reading your posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Maybe it is just born into us and we only start to amuse its notions come a certain period in our lives. I don’t think anybody sat down and told themselves they’re going to be a great procrastinator! Yeah I think I agree with you on that one. The added pressure brings out the best in some people. Planning sounds good, it something i’ve done in none related study areas, such as sports. So I think I will try it with my university week and see how it goes ๐Ÿ™‚ Anytime, I also enjoyed reading yours! Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. I am a massive procrastinator too, it really bothered me at university to the post where I got a touch of imposter syndrome! I am currently procrastinating my way through a TEFL course which isn’t clever as I need to complete it before I leave for Australia. We can only live and learn from our experiences, and once you’ve confronted, acknowledged and accepted this part of you, no matter how negative you perceive it to be, you can work through it. I hope you get a good grade regardless!

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    1. I’m glad you can relate to my procrastinating struggles! In the end, I’m sure you’ll fly through that TEFL course but yes maybe procrastinating a little bit less with that would be good! Exactly, I couldn’t agree more with that. Great comment! Thanks, I hope you complete your TEFL course in no time at all ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Fascinating subject. I have battled with this too. Bottom line, the more that’;s going on in your life, the harder it is to balance everything and subliminally I think we tend to leverage the nice things and put off the nasty. But then again, how nasty is writing a report really. Could end up being a pretty chilled enjoyable experience YET we automatically file it under “have to”, “boring”, “to be feared”. I do anyway and then it becomes “a thing” and it’s like hunting Moby Dick or something. Can go on for years or just never happen. But then you get down to what actually needs doing, most of the time it’s just nothing, a doddle, a walk in the park, nothing to be feared, not really boring. It’s my associations and preconceptions that are painting it shitty colours. So that is what I have to work on. And it is an ongoing battle that lasts a lifetime I think. I have definitely got better at it in certain areas. But in some areas, like knuckling down to read or create something I “have to” do, I am absolutely fucking hopeless sill most of the time. It vexes the bejesus out of me. It’s a paradox. Own worst enemy.

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    1. Yes, I agree. Our minds have a way of sticking to the things we prefer, as opposed to doing a tedious task or changing something. Hence why we put that task off until we have to do it! That’s the thing that bugs me, I actually enjoy writing and this report would never have seemed tedious to me. Yet i still left it to the last minute. Loving the Moby Dick addition haha. Maybe it’s it something that’s just part of a person. Obviously, you can improve it a bit but it’s always going to be there. Different minds work differently, so maybe some minds just feel the need to procrastinate. A paradox is right!

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      1. If it’s an important thing, like life changing, it may even be worth hiring a hitman to hunt you down and kill you on a certain date if you don’t get it done. Cos I find fear is a universally effective motivator. I am seriously contemplating this for myself right now. Cos the latest whale hunt is going on too long and getting me down, and I keep finding myself writing silly bloody poems or watching Mr Robot instead of doing what I OBVIOUSLY OBVIOUSLY OBVIOUSLY should be doing instead. It feels like such a rectifiable character flaw yet …

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      2. hahaha, so true. I’m sure your silly poems aren’t so silly to others and actually really good pieces! As for the Mr.Robot part, I’m not sure what to say haha! Yet people find themselves never changing it and if anything promoting it more! I’m sure we will learn at some stage how to rectify it, I hope.

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  6. I am a terrible procrastinator. I wait until the last minute to get food for the house, clock into work at the last second, &c. I was also like that in college! I hated writing papers because it bored me to tears (ironically, I love researching, which made my psychology papers a very bizarre “start and stop” process).

    I think it has to do with our mind’s desire to take the path of least resistance. It is far easier to do something we enjoy (like running, playing video games, or reading a book) than to do something we are ambivalent about (or dislike). Some folks can buckle down, but some of us cannot.

    (As a side note: depression is especially bad about the “path of least resistance” mode. You’d much rather do something else that makes you happier than something that has to be done but isn’t interesting/appealing.)

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    1. You’re a level up from me so, I’m not even that bad haha! I agree, it’s very much natural for us to put off the things we don’t admire for the more desirable. Luckily enough depression is something I’ve never really had to deal with. I always do tend to keep to the things that make me happy and don’t dwell to much on the negative.

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  7. Hey Dean, nice post!

    Procrastination’s something I’ve been fighting all my life but this year I’ve really begun to take the battle to the next level. Time to land the KO blow.

    Here’s a summary of the key points which have really helped me to make a difference. Although I’d heard these ideas in one way or another, the Courera course, Learning to Learn, really solidified them. If you don’t have the time for their course and you’re still struggling, feel free to check out my summary:

    https://nomadapprentice.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/how-to-overcome-procrastination-secrets-for-kicking-procrastinations-ass/

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