I read a book to avoid reading another book.
That ladies and gentlemen is actually how I procrastinate. I was talking to a friend about it just now.
I’m proud of my procrastination tactics. It works fairly well if I do say so myself.
Do I want to read Jane Austen for class? Or would I rather read Red Rising by Pierce Brown for the sake of saying I did?
There’s no contest.
I know. My priorities need to be prioritized.
- Make to-do lists.
- Make plans.
- Make a schedule.
- Make rewards.
- Make new memories.
Regardless of what I do, I can’t beat procrastination. So maybe you shouldn’t listen to me. Now or ever. If you used to, stop. If you never did, don’t start.
I know this post is geared towards students, but these tips work for just about anyone.
Drain Your Phone (For Real)
Or don’t charge it when your battery is low. No, I’m not crazy. Your phone is a massive, if not, the biggest time waster. If you have an essay due tomorrow, you shouldn’t be Snapchatting your friends. It’s less tempting to use your cell when there’s five percent of its battery remaining. Better yet, if your phone is completely dead, that’s one less distraction to deal with.
Learn from Edison and King
As hard as it may be to stick to a routine, following a similar schedule every day has been proven to enhance productivity. Thomas Edison did it. Stephen King does it. You can do it.
The 3 C’s
Don’t jump around from one thing to another without ever finishing anything. Starting ten projects at once is not helping your productivity. Utilize the 3 C’s: Commit, complete and conquer. That’s how you get things done.
You can find the full post with five more tips here.
I’ve been putting off a blog article I’m supposed to write for three weeks. I’m not usually this bad. It has to be something in the air. What else could it possibly be?
My calendar is full of arrows because I keep postponing. Taking a month to write one quick post is a new record for me.
The topic isn’t the problem. My discipline, or lack thereof, is.
Is it safe to blame this cursed education system? There are only so many hours in the day. And one-third of it is spent at school.
I really shouldn’t be procrastinating during November.
NaNoWriMo is supposed to help with that problem by making me less likely to put off homework.
It has had the opposite effect.
Instead of completing my schoolwork when I’m supposed to, I use writing as an excuse to reduce my guilty conscience.
Thanks to procrastination and bad choices, I might be losing precious hours of sleep.
For everyone who wants to procrastinate and not blog or write but still want to do something productive.
- Read. A novel. A dictionary. A fan-fiction.
- Clean. Your desk. Your room. The entire house.
- Exercise. Run a mile. Jump rope. Do several cartwheels. (I am not responsible for any harm suffered due to negligence. If you attempt to do any of the above and an injury occurs, you will not hold me accountable or liable. Basically you can’t sue me.)
- Eat. I’m not about to tell you what you should put in your body. Again, I wouldn’t want a legal battle on my hands before university. That can seriously ruin me.
- The possibilities are endless. Build a time machine. Fly yourself to the moon. Anything.
You are welcome.
In yesterday’s post I assumed that you are a blogger and writer. Which may or may not be the case. Still I probably shouldn’t make assumptions like that. Interestingly enough, I am going to make some assumptions as to why you avoid blogging or writing based on my own reasons. I just never learn, do I.
Also I think it’s common knowledge by now that blogging and writing are not the same things. At least they aren’t to me. But this debate can wait until a later date.
So why do you avoid blogging, writing, or *gasp* both?
- You are insanely lazy. So lazy that you can’t even bother to pick up a pencil, much less write a story.
- You are extremely tired. The thought of doing mental labor makes your brain shut down. I’m guilty of this too. So if you wonder why some of my posts are badly-written, here is your answer.
- You are out of ideas. This one is self-explanatory. If you don’t know what to write, you wait until you have something to say, which results in…well, you know what this leads to. A looong period of time where you aren’t flexing those intellectual muscles. Shame on you.
I’m sure there are many other reasons not outlined above. So go ahead and add to the list.
I’ve been meaning to write about procrastination for quite some time. I figured I’d put a twist on it. And this is what happened.
While I love blogging and writing with an indescribable passion, some days I do everything possible not to pick up a pencil or create a new post. Somehow I manage to do both almost every day. Even during those pesky moments when stringing together a coherent sentence is the last thing on my mind. The art of evasion (read: procrastination) is a broad topic. Meaning I’m going to break it up and give you a manageable amount of information every day. Sound good? Even if you’re shaking your head right now, I can’t physically see you. So I’m giving you permission to avoid my blog for a few days if you are bored already. Bravo to you if you choose to blog or write instead of reading the rest of this post.
For those of you who made the sorry mistake of sticking around, it isn’t too late to back out. But once you’re in, you’re not getting out. It’s like being in quicksand. You’re sinking deeper and deeper the longer you’re here. Anyhow, I digress. I haven’t in such a long time, it feels good to stray away from my point. Frankly, I haven’t had the time to digress.
OK, moving on to the million dollar question…which do you avoid more: blogging or writing?
Between the two I think I put off writing more often. My reasons are as follows. Blogging is easier for me. I have less pressure to impress. I don’t need to employ perfect spelling and grammar all the time. And I don’t take blogging as seriously. Why suck the fun out of something that’s meant to be enjoyable? Am I right or right?
I have so much to say but I’ll save it for tomorrow. For now, you should tell me which one you evade more often. I’d love to hear your answer and your reason(s).
Have a great day. Try to do both today!