My Procrastination Solutions
I follow the school of thought that doesn’t deal with procrastination by combating it, but rather by embracing it.
In my definition, procrastination is simply any time not spent on a certain task I need to work on. Simple enough, but needed to be defined.
I incorporate a lot of the free time I have into procrastination. I also include some time for it in my tasks. When I have a deadline, I would split my time in half between the task and procrastinating. And I also divide the task into multiple one-hour chunks. If the task chunk gets done before the one hour allocated for it, then I procrastinate some more.
That is what I do for short period tasks. Or projects, so to say. But the bigger, more difficult thing is procrastinating on long-term projects.
The hard thing about it is that there is no deadline. But what I think is even harder, is to even define these projects to begin with. This is the problem of limiting your own potential. You may not think about it often, and you may never need to. But keep in mind that your own potential is in the abstract infinite in quantity, but obscure in quality. The infinite part is due to the unknown time you have in this life, the limitless possibilities of stuff to do with that time, and how much of that time you actually use for a possibility. The quality is obscure because you may change or discover it anytime you want.
To overcome this, the only way I have found useful, is to incorporate some habits into your schedule that serve to bring you closer to a long-term project. Any project will be fine for a start, and then later you can change it. But allocate some weekday for doing something about some long term project.
For me, this was mainly about writing. I would like someday to be a writer. Do I need to do that now? No, I am fine with it being in the future. So one way to help me potentially achieve that is deciding to write and publish something every week. I have been successfully doing that for more than a year now.
But I did not restrict myself with a format, or length, or anything for that matter regarding what to publish every week. And in some sense, this has been useful for me; by sometimes forcing myself to write something last minute, as I am doing now. After all, writing to meet a deadline can sometimes pave the way for some free, raw human ideas. Because you are more concerned with just doing, than what it is you do. But since you already do this every week, you get better at it. And you get to procrastinate more and get away with it more easily.
Procrastination is not bad; It sometimes gives you a reason to go out of your way and discover new stuff. Adding to the fullness of your life. Like boredom, to avoid experiencing it, it stimulates you to find something you want to do. On the hope that when you do, you will never feel bored or have to live with the guilt of procrastination again.
Thank you for procrastinating by reading this article about procrastination.