Productivity

I Need To Stop Procrastinating Right Now

In a perfect world, I wouldn’t procrastinate. But I live in an imperfect world and I’m an imperfect human being.

I delay. I put things off. And when the deadline nears, my stress levels skyrocket.

Even though I’m someone who hates leaving things to the last minute, I don’t always start early enough.

At least when I procrastinate, I try to be somewhat productive. Instead of doing the thing I should, I’ll do something else like clean. It’s not as urgent as an essay due in three days, but I’ll still take cleaning over writing. Or editing. Don’t even get me started on edits.

I find it interesting how much better I’ve gotten at procrastinating over the years. I guess I’ve had a lot of practice. For some reason, I didn’t put things off as much in high school. Then I went to university and everything changed.

I procrastinate with blogging all the time. I can’t help it.

When I was younger, I used to be more of a morning person, so I procrastinated less.

Nowadays, I stay up later and do most of my creative writing later in the day, which means I procrastinate until I can’t.

Writing

Why I Hate Outlining

Outlining isn’t writing. I’m a writer, not an outliner. Besides, I love writing, not outlining.

It drives me insane. Outlining might as well be the bane of my existence.

Outlining takes time. I could spend those hours writing instead. Besides, we only have 24 hours every day. I can’t afford to spend half of it on an outline.

An outline doesn’t guarantee anything. When my plans fall through, I’m back at square one.

My characters take one look at my outline and proceed to do the exact opposite. I bet they laugh at me behind my back too.

It requires a certain mood. I almost never want to outline.

Outlining isn’t fun. At least writing is some of the time.

I don’t follow my outlines. The one time I did, I didn’t finish my novel. That manuscript has been rotting away for years now.

It can lead you down rabbit holes. You might not recognize you need to be saved until it’s too late.

Outlining doesn’t work for everybody. Exhibit A: me.

Some teachers want you to hand in outlines. I wrote my essay first and then created an outline later. Because I’m a rebel.

I dread the thought of outlining almost as much as I do driving. You just never know what might happen.

Outlining puts off writing. We all know writers are masters at procrastinating.

Outline for too long and you have one day to write and edit your final essay. Good luck.

It can be inefficient. Which is unproductive. As a student writer, I need all the productivity I can get.

Outlining will never compare to writing. I’d rather edit than outline. What has the world come to? I’ll pick the lesser of two evils, thank you very much.

I’m sort of, kind of joking. Seriously, I don’t hate outlining that much.

School

What I Do When I Feel Overwhelmed

What do I do when I feel overwhelmed? I write about feeling overwhelmed in hopes I’ll feel better afterwards. But sometimes it makes me more stressed or anxious.

Some days, I’m not sure how I manage to balance my passions with my obligations. Even though I can’t optimize everything all the time, that doesn’t stop me from trying.

One time, I was telling my friend I didn’t know if I’d be able to get everything done. Bless her for saying I always do.

I have a lot of work and too little time. My confidence is a bit shaky right now. I blame my mastery over procrastination.

If only I had more time. But I don’t have 25 hours in a day, I can’t write my essays next year. So I just have to make the most of it.

Because I’m a stubborn human being, there are things I refuse to give up even with deadlines looming.

I like to think I can write relatively well. That said, I doubt I’ll ever let myself forget how hard writing is.

Working with words takes time, regardless of skill and talent.

It’s been a while since I’ve had this much school related stuff to handle. I’m kind of freaking out.

But that small voice in my head tells me I’ll get everything done to a decent extent. I’ve accepted the fact I can’t make everything perfect. So I’m covering my bases as much as possible.

In a perfect world, I’d ace everything. But my real world won’t end if I don’t. My ego might suffer, but it deserves a reality check once in a while.

Somehow I’ll survive. I need to make good decisions in the following weeks. I should be fine. If I make terrible choices, that’s on me. I can’t blame anybody. Besides, I reap what I sow. I also don’t reap what I don’t sow.

Editing

Writing, Editing, And Watching Baseball

I love writing. But editing is not nearly as fun as baseballing. It’s happening. I’m making up words. If only I could be the next Shakespeare.

I spent the day writing and editing.

I spent the night watching baseball instead of working because procrastination is so much easier than being productive.

When I first started writing this post, I was trying to think of parallels between editing and baseball. I’m sure there are some, but my tired brain can’t think of one.

After writing most of an essay earlier in the day, my brain was ready to shut down. In a perfect world, I would have a lot more time to write and edit all my essays.

I don’t enjoy trying to write an entire paper in one session, which is why I prefer not to procrastinate until the last minute. More often than not, I give myself enough time. After all, I know myself as a writer better than anyone.

It helps that I write every day. I know what I’m capable of, I know how long I need. So I can plan out my mess of a life accordingly.

Editing is tricky though. Again, in a perfect world, I’d have all the hours I want for revisions. Some papers take longer, especially if I wrote an extremely terrible first draft. Besides, the more words I’ve written, the more time it’ll take to make them better.

I know this isn’t the best idea, but occasionally I write and edit while watching baseball. When possible I mostly reserve such moments for shallow work such as typing up text messages or informal emails.

But I’m neither flawless, nor am I a saint.

I still haven’t thought of a parallel between editing and baseball. So much for that idea.

Whenever I need to edit, I want to write. Vice versa holds true too. Sadly, I want to do what I’m not doing.

Anyhow, I can’t wait to have a productive day tomorrow. I need to. Those papers won’t write or edit themselves.


A note from real time Herminia:

Obviously, I wrote this post and many others while there was still baseball on TV. But I realized that some of the sentiments I wrote a while ago are still relevant today. I figured now is as good of a time as any to publish this blast from the not so distant past. Fear not, more will come. I’m horribly behind with blogging and horrible at catching up. Thanks for understanding.

Blogging

Why I Procrastinate With Blogging

I used to put off blogging more than I did studying. I still do, though I’m not currently in school. But I’ve gotten better at not procrastinating as much.

But here’s the million dollar question: why do I procrastinate? 

To which I ask why do you procrastinate?

So my goal is to publish a post every day. I know that’s not everyone’s goal, but it’s mine. Maybe I’ll write about that one day. Not today.

My final deadline then is 11:59 PM every night. That’s a lot of hours from when I wake up (around 8 AM) to when I need to hit publish or schedule.

If I’m doing my math right, I have about 15.

My brain believes I have plenty of hours to blog then.

I like to think I’m good at managing my time. Still, I don’t feel any urgency to blog at 9 in the morning because 11:59:59 PM is so far away.

All the time time I perceive I have is part of why I put off blogging until late at night.

Another reason: perfection. I like to think I’m not that big of a perfectionist, but I am very peculiar with my blog posts.

I want my posts to be perfect or close to it. Sometimes I edit a draft, hate it, and can’t bring myself to publish the post. I dread this outcome so much. It feels awful to work hard on a project but despise the result.

I’ve experienced this more times than I care to remember.

Knowing my first draft will be anything but perfect makes me put off writing one. Let’s be honest, I’m also lazy too.

It should go without saying but I’m going to say this anyway, blogging requires more energy and concentration than watching TV for example. 

I also procrastinate because after several years, I have a better idea of how long I actually need to write and publish a post. So if I think I only need twenty minutes to edit a piece, twenty minutes is how much time I give myself.

Of course, life happens. And as much as we believe we only need a few minutes to accomplish a task, we’re sometimes wrong and need way more time.

The planning fallacy exists for a reason. 

I hope I’ve made some sense. In my head, I know exactly what I mean, but I don’t know if anything made sense or if everything got lost in translation.

In summary, I procrastinate blogging because of time, perfectionism, laziness, and a brain that thinks I need two seconds to write, edit, and publish a post.

Reading

Procrastination At Its Finest

Me being me, I read about 75 pages I didn’t need to today, so I could put off doing urgent and more important work I should be doing.

I’ll probably regret procrastinating so much during reading week. (it might be called spring break or revision week depending on where you’re from.) I use the word “regret” loosely here. But, to be fair, I did read for fun and for school over reading week. A claim some students can’t make. At least not honestly.

Reading in order to procrastinate is an art. An art I’ve mastered.

Can you tell I also put off blogging for as long as I possibly can before I force myself to close the book I’m currently reading, even if I don’t particularly like the novel?

Productivity

I Uninstalled YouTube

So I uninstalled YouTube from my phone.

What? 

I deleted the app.

Why?

I was spending way too much time watching videos and not enough time writing essays.

When?

Last night. November 19th. 

How?

I make very questionable decisions the later it gets in the day. I was stretching, thought about deleting distractions from my life, and followed through with it.

Also, I needed to be more productive with all the procrastination I’ve done recently. What do you know? I still found ways to procrastinate today.

I’ll let you know when I give in to downloading YouTube back onto my phone.

Blogging

A Blogging Question

How does one not procrastinate when it comes to blogging?

I don’t know the answer to the aforementioned question. Sorry to disappoint.

I’m lazy, so I wait until the end of the day to blog. Sometimes it’s not a big deal. But other times I wish I would’ve started blogging earlier. Too bad I never bring myself to. Bad habits are tough to kill. They’re too stubborn to die. 

Also, how do you stop yourself from putting things off until the last possible minute? I’m asking for a friend. 

Yeah right. I need all the advice I can get. Help me.