Tonight I found myself procrastinating, just flat-out avoiding doing homework that needed to be done for tomorrow. This was not an isolated event, as of late. I do realize that it’s very much stress-related, the avoidance thing. It’s like, if I can just trick my brain, distract myself from the unpleasant task, it doesn’t really exist and I won’t feel the associated stress.
Clearly, this makes little sense. We all know that my homework was still there waiting for me once I caught up on celebrity gossip, checked on how many responses my research study received every 5 minutes, and commented on blog posts.
They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. So, now I have to figure out how to solve it. Um, yeah, I’ve got nothing.
After a little thought, what I’ve come up with is this:
- Spend 5-15 minutes per day figuring out my to-do list. Bonus points for prioritizing it and figuring out when to do everything on the list. Gold star for figuring out an efficient way to track it all on an ongoing basis.
- Reward myself for not getting off-track. This is trickier, though, because I’m at a point where I’m looking for quick rewards that are also not expensive. No, chocolate is not the answer here. I’m still working on it.
- Stop reading so much garbage online! Honestly, I think following one celeb gossip site is more than enough. No clicking on links to get to other posts.
- Manage my stress. Again, I’m working on this. I know exercise would fit into this category but am really struggling to fit it in. And yet I seem to be able to find plenty of time to p*ss away on useless gossip sites? The trouble I’m having is that I feel like I should always be studying more. It’s easy to fritter away a little time online, but a lot harder to set aside even 45 minutes for a workout, plus the extra time to shower,etc. Bah, now I’m making excuses.
I’ll let you know how it goes, this anti-procrastination plan. And if you have any suggestions, throw them my way! I can use all the help I can get.