What Do I Think About: Procrastination 1-25-17

 

What Do I Think About: Procrastination

Look if anyone is the king of procrastination it’s probably me. I can literally end up on youtube, or staring at a blank screen rather than doing what I originally set out to do ( I know it’s a gift… from HELL!) Needless to say it makes even the most simple tasks quite daunting when I know that a five minute task will likely take 3 hours because of how much I will get distracted. At any given time I have about 10 tabs open on my internet browser of useful items that I need to check out and read, and about another 10-20 that are a complete waste of time. So obviously I go through the complete waste of time tabs first. Come on I know I’m not the only one.

Whether you’re swiping right or checking out the Trump-inators latest tweets, it’s very easy to be distracted. I get dozens of emails everyday, most of which are junk that slips by the spam filters, a few news letters that I like to stay apprised on (like the Smarter Society email), and notifications of new sign-ups for The Smarter Society community which is very encouraging and most definitely welcomed.

Recently I found that I spent around an hour at a time trying to find something good to watch on netflix that I hadn’t already seen (yes I’ve watched far too much on netflix.) So today I decided that that is simply unacceptable and if it’s not in the recommended for me or the trending sections and rated 4 stars or up I’m not going to watch it, not only does that save me time looking for shows/movies it also saves me from spending time watching shows/movies that just aren’t worth the time. Now that doesn’t include TED Talks there’s some really good information to be gleamed from some of those.
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My procrastination has gotten better since I started up TSS well honestly I procrastinated on making it for a few years because I wanted to know everything I needed before I started (which honestly if you know anything about starting a blog/website it would take you years and it’s always changing). So I decided that I had a good basic understanding and I could learn as I went. Let me tell you that since I started about 1 month ago I learned more than in the previous year, the best way to learn something is really to do it.

I meditate every morning which helps me stay focused ( at-least for a few hours) but my biggest problem at the moment is I just want to be outside. There is nothing for me to do outside until the last freeze of the season though so really it’s quite frustrating, still right after meditating I go out and walk around checking on everything catch a few sun-rays and then come in to get started for the day. I’m learning how to strategically procrastinate, 5 minutes here 10 minutes there once every hour or two and it seems to be actually boosting my productivity vs just sitting and working for 3 hours straight.

I’ve already taken a quick break while writing this, nothing exciting just walking around and checking on some food but it’s enough to just give the mind a break so that it will work more efficiently. Really to beat procrastination you need to exercise self-control and self-discipline both of which I know could use some strengthening in my case. It’s really something I struggle with but with a conscious effort I am improving. I’m trying to do more work outs,¬†get on a steady schedule with my Udemy courses, stay on top of the website, and working on learning a new language (I know I’m probably going to burn out). If you’ve got any tips to stop procrastinating or if you struggle with it too please share your experiences.

 

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Jon

Creator of The Smarter Society.

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