I’ll be honest with you, it’s 2:37 a.m. and I have yet to write my third and last blog post for the week. Procrastination has gotten the best of me (as it usually does). Why is it so easy to put things off for the last minute? For a student who loves studying and getting good grades, I suck. I constantly seem to be stuck in this never-ending loop of 1. getting homework, 2. ignoring my homework, 3. internally screaming at 11:00 p.m. because my homework is due at 11:59 p.m. and I can’t outwardly express my stress because my roommate is sleeping and I don’t want to wake her up.
That being said, I think I work best when I’m under a lot of pressure. The sense of urgency pushes me to complete my task at a superhuman speed- even though I feel like absolute death afterwards. But, hey, it gets the job done. But seriously, why do we do this to ourselves? There’s many reasons, but I think the main one is because of our indifference towards taking action.
It’s so easy to get distracted from your tasks these days. Suddenly, your TV, laptop, phone, anything in close proximity when you’re doing work is your worst enemy. Ultimately, the question is: how do we beat procrastination? I’ve found that the best option is to just do it. Whatever it is you’re burdened with becomes so much easier once you actually take the initiative to do it. It’s kind of like jumping into a pool for the first time: you’re terrified at first because the water is extremely cold, but once you jump in, you get it over with and actually enjoy it!
In the end, the next time you have something you have to do but really don’t want to, just suck it up. Get up, grab that homework and absolutely smash it. It’s better to get it over with sooner rather than later; don’t let procrastination sneak up on you like the ugly little troll it is. You’ll love yourself more in the long run once you stop torturing and stressing yourself out. Just. Do. It.
P.S.- If you want to read something that wasn’t written at 3:00 a.m. by a rapidly mentally declining college student, check out this article (it’s got doodles).