04.4.14 // All Aboard the Train at Procrastination Station!

Written by Sarah “SG-1” Grant, GGC Copy Writer

Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?

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This is something of a personal mantra for me. I make a list of things I need to get done on a day like today–a day I have off from work–and I immediately start planning how I can get these things done on a different day, rather than the one where I know I have free time. Instead of thinking to myself, “It’s Thursday, my day off! I can:

  1. clean the kitchen
  2. do my laundry
  3. vacuum the apartment
  4. write something for GeekGirlCon
  5. write my 500 words of fiction for the day
  6. fold and put away the clean laundry
  7. make that doctor appointment I’ve been meaning to make
  8. go to the gym
  9. shower
  10. take a nap
  11. brush the cat.

Out of this list, I will generally do a little kitchen stuff, plan to do laundry another day, write for GeekGirlCon, and take a nap. I spend the rest of all that potentially productive time, watching TV, reading a book (or fanfiction online), sleeping more, or something else just as completely unproductive. I also spend time mentally beating myself up for being so lazy, which just makes me feel great about myself. [sarcasm!]

This post, in fact, is the product of procrastination. I was going to write it yesterday, but it didn’t happen: too many Walking Dead episodes to watch. I did actually clean the kitchen, and I did go to the gym. I count yesterday as pretty productive, list aside.

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My question is always the same: how do I stop procrastinating and get something done? Here are my usual answers, which almost always work:

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The most important thing I’ve learned from working my lists is this: mentally berating myself will not make me get things more things done tomorrow. It will make me feel badly about myself, which will pull me down into laziness and depression faster than anything else I know. It might sound a little cliched, but being kind and forgiving yourself for not getting everything done is one of the best ways to keep an open, positive mind about the rest of your life. Whenever I remember this, everything seems brighter all of a sudden, and it makes handling the rest of my life so much easier.

be kind always

Do you have a favorite solution for procrastination?

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One Response to “All Aboard the Train at Procrastination Station!”

  1. Arwen says:

    Check out HabitRPG! Awesome productivity RPG-style web app (with iPhone and android apps as well)

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