Being an Efficient Procrastinator

This past weekend I made a lot of progress on my college design projects. Which made me curious, I work hard every weekend, why was this weekend more productive?

Well it all came down to the decisions I made. I had three big projects that were all about 30% done, they had been started but somewhere along the way I lost confidence or the drive to finish them, even though the deadlines were inching closer.

So I realized this and decided to pick them all up in one weekend. Now I have three things near completion and I keep working on them. I can see the finish line, and its driving me more than ever to complete my work.

When it comes down to procrastination, you ask yourself should I do my work or wait and do it later? you weigh the pros and cons and convence yourself one way or the other. for days/weeks I had been telling myself “the projects are 30% done, atleast I started them, ill get back to them eventually” and I decided to wait, which caused them to stick in the back of mind as things to do.

Suddenly the things to do list piled up and I became more stressed than ever, all because I decided 30% complete was good enough. Well I learned an important lesson about procrastination this weekend.

Procrastination is sort of an obsession with the now. When you dont want to be bombarded with work in the present, you push it to the near future, but you really cant do that efficiently because the future is unknown, you can not know what will effect your time or ability to work in the future, you can only know what will effect you in the present.

So moral to the story: When asking yourself should I do my work now or later, its good advice to only consider the present and what you have time for and what will effect your abilities to work at that particular moment. The future decision is then chosen only if the present decision is unattainable. that way your decision is the most efficient one 🙂


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