Be careful of your actions, for they will become habits.
According to Wikipedia, A bad habit is a negative behavioral pattern and the amount of time it takes to break a habit is generally between 18 and 254 days. Procrastination seems to be the most common habit of most people. We Filipino’s call it “mamya na nga” habit or in English “I’ll do it later”.
With the advent of Information Technology where almost everything is made accessible at our fingertips, we tend to spend more time browsing our phone and accessing social networking sites. I’m one of those people who got hooked up not only with social media but also with Korean novellas. I was having the best time of my life without noticing that I’m already procrastinating and wasting a lot of time.
Guilty Pleasures leading to Procrastination
A lot of people can relate I guess with what I’m going through right now. We all have our own guilty pleasure; playing games, watching movies, etc. We procrastinate every single moment we are given a chance to.
Don’t get me wrong. A bit of relaxation, to de-stress, playing or watching while waiting on queue is not that bad. Surely we all need to relax from time to time especially for working students like me. However, spending a lot of time doing unproductive things can definitely hurt your career, studies, and goals in life.
Therefore, I really had to think of ways on how to overcome procrastination and have a productive day and week. Trust me, it is not easy and it requires a lot of will power, prayer, and motivation.
First off, why do we need to conquer procrastination? whats in it for us? – – Unless you are born with a silver spoon, you need to get off your Ass to work, feed yourself, pay your own bills, and support your family. In a nutshell – we, my friend doesn’t have the luxury to waste time and energy. We need to spend those precious minutes developing ourselves, learning new skills, and spending time with our family.
Here’s what I did to eliminate Procrastination in 3 weeks.
Start small. Everything starts at something. Success is made up of small actions repeated day and out, one step at a time.
Wake Up early. This might not be applicable to everyone and I don’t know any scientific explanation behind this but it works. Walking up early gives me time to stretch, pray, mediate, eat, and plan my day.
Plan your day and week. Keeping a journal would surely help you plan your life. List down your “Things to do” and mark it according to its priority: Urgent and important. Okay, I want to be honest here – right now, I’m failing to complete my to do list and planning effectively. I’m still trying though…
Reduce the time you spend on social media and phone. Start with one hour/day. I know this will be extremely hard for most of us but we gotta to do it. If you’re itchy to grab your phone, grab a book instead. Same rule applies with other devices.
Set a daily plan of activities and allocated time to study. For students like me, setting a time to study would give you momentum and activate your subconscious to do the task.
Set goals. Others would ask you to set short & long term goals but I say, write all goals that you have. Write everything to your heart content. It feels good when you have something to look forward to. It’ll give you motivation to work hard and do your best.
Celebrate. Congratulations! You have conquered procrastination. I know it’ll be a constant struggle and daily battle but hang in there and stay straight ahead in your path.
I still watch Korean Novelas, scroll my feeds on FB, IG, Twitter, and LinkedIn. However, I manage to keep it to a minimum. We promote work-life balance and productivity here not to be a workaholic. Anything that is excessive is not good right?
I’ll be happy to hear more ways on how to conquer procrastination. Feel free to share and comment it down below so we could help each other. See you! XoXo