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Procrastination

Procrastination
This seemed like an apt topic for a new blog post at this time of the academic year. This is the time of year when all of your assessments are due, and a little voice in your mind is reminding you that you also should be preparing for exams and the holiday season. It’s a lot to focus on, and a lot of us (myself included) have succumbed to procrastination. You have to admit, leaving the stressful work for another time and taking a self-care break instead to watch Netflix or grab a coffee is pretty appealing. Ironically, I have been meaning to write this blog for a while, and I have procrastinated to focus on other things. Luckily, most of the general population seems to struggle with procrastination. When I went to look up the topic online, Google helpfully suggested these related searches for me:
 
How do I stop being lazy and procrastinating?
How do you get over procrastination?
How do I get out of the habit of procrastinating?
How do you deal with procrastination?
 
I don’t know the answer to these questions, and I don’t think Google does either. There are, however, some interesting articles on the topic:
 
 
 
Procrastinating is not just about being lazy – it is often brought on by stress or anxiety, and as tasks pile up, so will the stress and anxiety, so it becomes a vicious cycle. Procrastination can also be attributed to the huge amount of things we have access to on our computers; given the choice between doing school work and surfing the web, watching Netflix or doing some online shopping, most people are at least tempted to put off doing work. It really comes down to a few qualities:
 
1. Self-discipline: You need to prioritize your work and train yourself to stop procrastinating.
2. Time management: A good way to do this is to set aside a chunk of time everyday to do work.
3. Prioritize tasks: Figure out which assignments are going to take up most of your time, and focus on those. For more tips, please see this link
 
To play devil’s advocate, I’d like to note that there are certain types of assignments where procrastination can be productive. Usually these are creative assignments. In his article Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate, Adam Grant describes the conscious effort he made to procrastinate writing the article, among other tasks. When you’re working on a writing assignment, and especially if you’ve run into writer’s block, procrastinating can be the best thing for that project. Set it aside for a few days or weeks, and come back to it with fresh eyes. You’ll be amazed by how much work your brain has done on the topic in the time you’ve been waiting. 
 
Whatever your style, try not to let procrastination get in the way of you doing your best work!