So for the first time in a long time, I feel I’ve had a pretty productive week. After spending much of easter break procrastinating essays and revision and not doing much, I was left with an undeniable feeling of guilt, regret and self-loathing. I came back to uni feeling pretty low and stuck.
When lectures started I was happy to get back into a routine again. My mood started to lift and I put in place a plan. I wanted to try my best to break the cycle of procrastination, guilt, regret and inevitable self-loathing.
This week I managed it, I was able to massively increase the amount of work I do in-between lectures, finishing two short essay questions and making two detailed revision resources for my first exam.
I’ve also started exercising everyday, this is honestly quite a big step for me. I’ve always disliked exercise and I have tried and failed to stick to exercising. I can often find myself using every excuse to avoid it, from my health condition to claiming I just have too much on. While I’m not overweight, I am not exactly in shape. I’m not unhappy with the way I look but I would like to lose a little bit of weight and be a bit healthier.
I extended this new health kick a little bit further than just exercising by trying to improve my diet. At uni I tend to eat a lot of unhealthy food you just shove in the oven for convenience. The only meal I really make from scratch is pasta and tomato sauce. I wanted to this week try cooking something new and healthier. I made a Quorn Mince Keema Curry and it turned out really nice and was pretty simple to make. I’m going to try to cook something new for a few weeks to build up a bank of healthy meals I can make well.
I know for some people these thing are just things that you probably do everyday and wouldn’t really consider them proactive or productive but for me its quite a big change. I’ll admit I’m can be lazy, but I’ve learn’t this week that being lazy just doesn’t make me feel good. I honestly feel really good about myself after making these small changes.
I really hope I can keep this up next week, I do have a tendancy to slip into lazy habits but I’m going to try my best to keep at it.
Here’s how I’m planning to stick with productivity:
- To Do lists, simple but effective. The satisfaction of crossing something off, even if it’s just one thing I think will help motivate me.
- Recording my progress. I’m doing a 30 Day Yoga Challenge and I’m going to make a calendar to tick off the days I do. This way I can see the day I miss, which will help me stay on track.
- Doing just one paragraph. So I was watching a TED Talk about the mind of a procrastinator and one of the comments suggested when starting work say to yourself “just do one paragraph” and you’ll probably end up doing more than one paragraph and getting in the flow. I find once I start something I often just keep going and get in a flow, I’m hoping this trick can help with my work.
- Remember the feeling of satisfaction. I’m really going to try to combat every thought of procrastination by remembering the satisfied feeling I get when I finish a piece of work, cook a meal or do some exercise.
- Making my goals public. One thing I learn’t in behavioural psychology is that were much more likely to stick to a goal if we’ve made it publicly known. We want to avoid letting other people know we haven’t succeed with our goals. Making then public gives us a sense of accountability. If we keep them to ourself we tend to be more likely to let thing slide. So, here I am publicly letting it be know that I want to be more productive.
I’m also hoping to be a bit more productive with blogging, I’m hoping to do some art posts and maybe a little life update saying what I’ve been up to lately.
I would love to hear if anyone else struggles with procrastination and if you have any tips, maybe you’ve even wrote a blog post you could link.
Thanks for Reading,