A VIEW ON THE ART OF PROCRASTINATION

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Procrastination is an Art..Yes it is!! Its the art of doing things which are less important instead of doing things which are more important. Like take an example of right now, as you are reading this blog, isn’t there anything that you are supposed to do instead which is more urgent? But now since your are here and I am glad you are reading my blog (Thank you!!), lets talk about how we can get our tasks (both urgent and non-urgent) done on time.

First off, you are not alone. There are many people around the world who procrastinate every minute. I mean no one is perfect. Even super heroes in movies take out time to kiss the girl they like or sneak a glance when they should be rather saving the world and catching the bad guys!! (I wanted to use a real life example but I didn’t want to hurt sentiments of people or communities).

But do we want to be one amongst the crowd? Or do we want to stand out? Don’t all of us crave that moment of glory (can be both inward or outward) where you find yourself doing what others haven’t figured out yet? Well, if you do, lets find out how we can deal with this thing called “Procrastination”.

1. Stop lying to yourself – Yes, you don’t have time. Time is precious and it is running out, so if you have an exam coming or if you are planning to clear your wardrobe or drawers, do it NOW!! Don’t put off things for tomorrow because tomorrow you will have more urgent things to do. If some work has presented itself to you this instant, then do it now, not later.

2. Don’t over burden yourself – Now when I say that you need to start working NOW…I don’t mean that you have to finish the task right now. Break the tasks into smaller parts, complete a small chunk of the task everyday.

3. First do what you do best – Once you have divided the task into smaller chunks, start the task with what you like the most. Like if you have to clear your wardrobe, pick whatever section you like most.

4. Take away the distractions – Take you phone, tablets/iPad, laptops or anything else that will not let you focus on the job at hand and keep it away in some place where they are not visible. I am so hooked to my phone that sometimes.

Procrastination is a habit, and a bad one. In order to change any habit, we have to trick our brain in doing something different. And when you do that, your brain won’t be happy.

you won’t be happy, but “You got to do what you got to do”, there is no running away folks, this is what it is. So the choice as always is yours. I hope you make the right one.

Take care.

 

Written by:

Kogwuonye Patrick Onyeka

Writer/Blogger/Educator/Tutor

University of Benin

www.facebook.com/patrickstories

 

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50 Comments

  1. I have procrastinated, all day, plowing through my Reader. With over 60 posts each day, that adds up. Here I am, though, because your thoughts matter. I see you have been in a discussion with Friend Starman. Know that it is always a battle of wits with that fine specimen.

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    1. That is your own view about it…
      But for me ..is bad…not doing the right thing at the right time can be harmful sometimes….

      Those who created the word know what they are saying

      Doing the right thing at the wrong time sound hmmmmm
      Doing the wrong thing at the right time sound hmmmmm

      Thanks again for commenting

      Again for following my blog

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  2. Hi:
    Sorry it took a while to catch up.
    I meant to. Kept putting it off.
    I prefer not to use the term procrastination because it’s long and has a lot of letters and it says CRASS and almost says NASTY right in the middle.
    I prefer to use the term multi-loafing (like multi-tasking, only loafing on several subjects simultaneously).
    I must get back to it.
    Well, soon maybe.
    In a while.

    See you later.
    Probably.

    Paz

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    1. Ok i get…why using multi tasking …….
      Or multi loafing …….

      I prefer using that word….again check the dictionary meaning of it…so you can Convince yourself the more..

      Thanks for commenting mr/mrs paslo….

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  3. I have an Excel file that has 36 separate spreadsheets in it. They are my life, helping me organize and keep track of absolutely everything so that I never procrastinate, or have to make new year’s resolutions, or get a case of the Friday blahs or Monday blues.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my post,i apprecaite very much.

      That is cool to say. So you have a way of preventing it. But not all people have a way of preventing procrasination.

      Lol very funny statement””get a case of the Friday blahs or Monday blues.”””””””

      #PATRICKSTORIES
      Peace and Love

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my post, I appreciate very much.

      Am highly moved by this comment, you made my day as i quote “”””Thanks for writing about something which is an everyday challenge for many.””””

      lastly, whats your view about procrasination?

      #PATRICKSTORIES
      Peace and Love

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    2. When I say a “challenge for many” I include myself in them. I think procrastination is a real problem and everyday more people are falling into this habit because of our current lifestyle. How are we supposed to work on a boring assignment while the world is on our fingertips?
      And unfortunately many people don’t like to talk about Procrastination.
      Thanks again for bringing this up.

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    3. Thanks for replying  back to me.
      You view are meaningful in term of lifestyle.I agree with that statement as i quote “”””procrastination is a real problem and everyday more people are falling into this habit because of our current lifestyle.””””””
      Thanks for taking that time to reply me on this post.
      Enjoy yourself and keep safe.

      #PATRICKSTORIES
      Peace and Love

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    1. Thanks for commenting and reading my post.
      I guess you find it interesting.

      Have a simple question for you.

      What are your views about procrastinating and what are the things you procrastinate always?

      Happy weekend

      #PATRICKSTORIES
      Peace and Love

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