Master Procrastinator

Lately, I’ve been trying to get back into coding mode but I can’t seem to stay focused. I had two days off work so I planned to finish off a website that I’ve been working on. But I got side tracked by the Discovery Channel and ended up watching a few episode of How It’s Made, American Choppers and Monster Garage. I don’t think I even added a line of code during those two days.

Procrastination is something that hits all of us, no matter what age you are. People who are focused and don’t procrastinate, are always telling those of us who are procrastinating, to manage our time better. But that is not the case. Procrastinators are good at time managing because we know exactly what we should be doing at that time. It’s just that we’re not doing what we should be doing because we like to leave it until the last minute, believing that we work better with a tight schedule.

I tend to procrastinate because I under estimate the amount of time it would take to complete a certain task. For example, to complete one page of my website would take approximately an hour of straight coding. So when I wake up, I’m thinking, I’ve got the whole day to get an hour’s worth of work done so why the rush?

A recent study show that most procrastinator believe that they ‘work well under pressure’ when in fact they don’t. They are making progress because they don’t have a choice in the matter. If an essay is not completed on time, there are consequences.

But this is something that I have been doing for quite some time and not just during my college years. After staying awake all night to get something complete, I get this satisfactory feeling for accomplishing something in a short period of time. After submitting a paper to the teacher, it is returned and shows that I received a pretty good mark for rushing. Because I received such a good mark, I believe I can do the same thing if it happens again. But if I receive a crappy mark, it’s not my fault. It’s the teacher’s fault for not recognizing a work that was completed in a rush. It’s never my fault for leaving it until the last minute.

Of course, there are times when I’ll be doing something else rather than the work I should be completing. I’m too busy doing nothing that I can’t start on the task at hand. I would rather spend time making up excuses not to do something when I could have spent all that time doing actual work. Those of us who procrastinate always find reasons to leave tasks until a later time.

But maybe leaving things until the last minute aren’t caused by excuses. Sometimes the task we are asked to perform is difficult. If it’s too hard for us to do, we prefer to do something else that is easier complete. Maybe the task would take too long to complete. Why perform sections of the task during free time when all of it can be completed at once, during the weekend? Sometimes the task that I’m trying to complete, I don’t even know how to do. So I wait until I learn something before I start. Excuses, excuses, right?

In the end, I think it is all in the mind. Most of us needs to realize that if we put things off until the last minute, we are going to be losing a lot of time. Time is not something you want to lose because there is not enough time in the day to waste. It’s fine to do small sections of a large task at least you are doing something. Performing some sort of task, even in small parts is positive. You have to stay positive. The moment you get a negative thought, you are going to lose progress.