By Jessica Fenby
I want to say before I get into this, that I am not always productive, and that I procrastinate...
For example, I may have written this piece on the day that I had to turn it in. But my procrastination isn’t always because I cannot be stuffed... it’s usually because I don’t know what to do.
As today approached, I realised that I honestly had nothing to write about, even with the suggestions that a few people had given me. They were great suggestions, but I just didn’t feel like writing about them. And if you know anything about writing, whether it’s school-related or work, sometimes it can be so hard to get in the mood.
I decided that I needed to do some research on procrastination if I want to be able to help myself and others.
Two psychology associate professors have come to the conclusion that procrastinators are not born, they are made. Procrastination can come about differently, but it doesn’t help an individual when they go to their friends for help, instead of their parents, since their friends are usually more tolerant of it and possibly have the same issues, making it seem normal. We tell ourselves lies, like, ‘‘I’ll do it tomorrow, since I don’t feel like it now’’.
We also look for distractions... sometimes subconsciously.
I’m trying my best to stop, which obviously didn’t quite work this time...
But here is how I’m getting better: by getting rid of distractions. I’ll sit at the table and do my work with my music loud enough that I cannot hear anything around me, but not too loud that I’ll wreck my eardrums.
Then I just put my head down and work, and set time limits for certain amounts of work.
Try to listen to music that doesn’t have words because you might get distracted and start singing along. Also, stop stressing, because that just makes you procrastinate more.
Separate your tasks into chunks and then into order from the hardest to the easiest, and complete the hardest ones first, making your way down the list. This way you’ll also avoid multi-tasking.
The best way to prioritise your work is to use the Eisenhower Matrix. All you have to do is place your work into four different areas:
1.Urgent and important.
2.Urgent but not important.
3.Less urgent but important; and
4.Less urgent and less important.
Sometimes even giving yourself a pep talk will work wonders, no matter how awkward you feel doing it.
Have a reward for when you’re done, it’ll make you want to work harder.
Jessica Fenby is in Year 12 at Shepparton Christian College.