procrastination and feeling stuck
I can’t lie, I’m not the best when it comes to starting tasks I need to start, but I can always finish them, no matter how hard or time-consuming it is. Whether it be a coding project, homework, AP Seminar paper, SAT studying or just any assignment, I tend to procrastinate and layoff for other things. But I always get it done, no matter when. I’ve always wondered, how am I simultaneously lazy and productive?
The Good, the Bad, and the Lazy
Obviously I dread doing homework and doing crucial tasks I don’t always want to do. I’m already thinking about procrastinating this article already. Obviously I can’t complain, because I basically stacked my school schedule with AP classes. It’s my concern of being an accomplished person, with very little of the responsibility involved, and a slight fear of failure, which is very concerning now that I think about it. So the end result? I procrastinate, and more than I intend to. I’m watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, listening to music, doing anything to avoid big responsibility. But I’m working on my flaws with the hope I can improve my work ethic. However, I learned essential advice in coping laziness that I wanted to share. So I hope what I learned helps at least some people, if not a lot of people, procrastinator or not.
First Method: Just Start
I found that one of the most effective tools in starting tasks is just starting. I could be 10 episodes deep into Euphoria, but still feel a sense of hinging obligation that forces me to start initiatives. In whatever state and mindset I am, I jump headfirst into any assignment without much regard to instruction. This isn’t a method of completing tasks in the most productive away, but to feel a sense of achievement that encourages me to continue the task. This is where I start to plan my tasks after I feel that sense of initiative and accomplishment of starting. By no means do I encourage jumping headfirst into anything without any planning at all, but some action is required to get the feel of productivity.
Second Method: Deep Planning
Another useful tool that I use, often reserved for my bigger and crucial projects, is to plan very deeply before any task. This is the exact opposite of my last method, because it deals with quality work from beginning to end. For example, I had entered into the Congressional App Challenge, a nationwide coding competition for building apps and websites. This required a lot of time thinking and planning before any web development and APIs were even started. I planned out my ideas, visualized the design (font, color, etc.), and got to work. Even then, I still felt like a call to action was needed, before my planning would turn into a cycle of thinking and putting it off, thus procrastination.
In sharing these methods, I hope to spread some good methods to improve others’ work ethic, and my own. Self-improvement is a journey we all take some point in our life, whether we begin overnight or in a lifetime. So when we do, plan deep, plan accordingly, and most importantly, just start.