On Procrastination.

Watching my life pass me by... (and yes I know my watches are all not in sync haha)

The word procrastination comes from the latin words Pro, meaning for; and eras, meaning tomorrow.

So recently I’ve been suffering from a severe bout of procrastination (you probably can notice it by the lack of my blog entries recently) and I’m still struggling to dig myself out of this rut right now.

You see I tend to have the problem that when I have too much work to do, instead of doing them, I don’t do anything at all. It’s silly I know, but then somehow that’s just the way it is. And it’s not even about spending time out with my friends or such (I do not count those as a waste of time), but rather about just sitting at home doing nothing productive.

Well, so today I’ve made a decision that I’m going to do something about this. I’ve recently read a book Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, it talks about behavioural economics and has a chapter titled The Problem of Procrastination and Self-Control: Why We Can’t Make Ourselves Do What We Want to Do (Thanks Hungyi for the great book recommendation!). I will use the following tactic it described about how to tackle this problem, for the next 3 days I will commit myself to a to-do list for each day and at the start of the day I will tweet the number of items on the list, followed by another tweet at the end to state how many of the items I have done. This is to make me publicly accountable to my commitments to the To-Do list (but don’t worry I’ll only tweet it for the next 3 days so as not to bore my twitter followers haha).

So do let me know if you have any other tactics you use to get over procrastination and let’s fight to take back from this thief of time!

Cause every millisecond counts.

Right here, right now.

Bring it.

Comments

  1. hey bro, hope everything is fine yeah..

    my cure for proscrastination, just to share, is to force myself to simply start doing everything i need to get done, without thinking about how i’m going to finish them.

    then, in time, everything seems to get done eventually.

    but i still procrastinate alot. haha.

    • Yong Sheng says:

      Not anticipating the outcome but focusing on the action, just like the old days (for me at least) of learning the art of shooting. Still trying to put that frame of mind into everything I do (maybe I’m still procrastinating) haha, anyway on with it, let’s get it done.

      Have a great week ahead bro!

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