I procrastinate, therefore I am
Hi, I’m Lilliana and I’m a professional procrastinator…
‘Procrastination isn’t just a human problem. Newton’s First Law of Motion says that a body at rest will stay at rest until compelled to do otherwise. Dare we say it? The entire universe procrastinates.’ — Psychology today
I can’t help it I procrastinate… I’m not lazy or idle it’s just so many things interest me at once, I used to be totally different; I’d get all the boring day to day stuff out of the way and then get on to the fun stuff but just lately I suck at getting things done. I’m a very creative person, I love planning events, I love art, I love photoshop & editing videos & I love writing. The problem is I have about three unfinished films to actually finish (two feature & one short) 3 or 4 events that I’m planning & 3 books all on the go!
It’s not that I don’t have the motivation to be perfectly honest I feel like I need to get a wiggle on and start my work life and make it one that I love, it’s just I have so many ideas floating around my brain at one time it’s hard to stay focused. So I procrastinate … then complain I have nothing done… for example last week I spent everyday saying that I was going to put more hours in writing this book, instead I binged on Grey’s Anatomy while researching blogs because that’s yet another thing I want to do; Youtube & a blog. While making the blog I got distracted by the idea of an LGBTQ+ magazine, my brain never stops. The only constant occurrence in my life is that people tend to say I go through phases of really loving something & being passionate about it to the heat dying down then I’m on to the next thing, which absolutely isn’t true; I’m a very passionate person with a LOT of dreams & aspirations.
So without further a do here are some tips that I’m going to implement to break my procrastination habits, feel free to use them or message me to add your own :)
- Write 3 goals to complete a day. If you have a massive workload just break it down, for example my 3 goals for today are: finishing this blog post, tidying up the house & finishing the current chapter on my book.
- A reward system. It sounds totally childish and in a way I guess it is but Tierney & I have sticker charts on our wall in the office with everything that we need to have done by the end of the month. We’re both extremely competitive people & believe me it has helped us both to stop procrastinating because we both want to win! Whoever has the most tasks done by the end of the month gets taken on a date, if you’re single why not plan a well deserved night out with your mates? or buy yourself something that you’ve wanted for ages but couldn’t justify buying? Whatever your situation we have to stop punishing ourselves for procrastinating and instead reward ourselves because at least we’re trying!
- Visualization. I don’t know about you but I always try to visualize where I want to be & how I’m going to end up, nothing will ever work out exactly according to plan but it’s good to have some semblance of a plan in place to keep you on the right track to achieving your goals.
- It’s okay to feel overwhelmed. A lot of the time procrastination occurs because we feel like we’ve bitten off more than we can chew or we don’t know where to start with a project, that’s fine; it’s human nature psychologically this is recognised not as a negative feeling to the task but an avoidance to negative emotion. No one likes feeling inadequate so who can blame us for turning our attention to Netflix or rummaging through the fridge for the fourth time within an hour? (that’s just a random example I promise… Ahem) Either write down steps to completing the task as mentioned above or get an outsiders opinion; once you take a step back things always seem a lot clearer.
- Some of us work better under pressure. There are two types of procrastinator; passive & active, passive procrastination is typically what we think of a procrastinator to be: getting distracted by cat videos on Youtube or using social media to stalk your old bully from school to see if her life has indeed turned out to be shit like all the adults said it would… Active procrastination is more strategic, remember those kids who wouldn’t even consider opening a textbook to revise for a big test until the day before? they are active procrastinators because it’s not laziness it’s just the fact that they thrive and work better under pressure. They crave the adrenaline rush that comes with a close deadline (my girlfriend is one of these otherworldly creatures that we should bow before, she barely revised for her Uni exams and still came strolling out with a 2:1…) It’s just a case of knowing yourself, are you a passive procrastinator or an active one? does sticking on a pot of coffee and guzzling endless energy drinks during a caffeine fueled all nighter work for you? if so crack on my wayward chums and procrastinate away. For the rest of us I think we better stick to the above tips…