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Procrastination

By Min Li Khor, GIS Student

pro·cras·ti·na·tion

prəˌkrastəˈnāSH(ə)n/

noun

the action of delaying or postponing something.

the action of ruining your own life for no apparent reason. (Tim Urban, 2013)

At some point in your life, you will have procrastinated. Maybe you’re already doing it on a regular basis. Maybe you’re doing it right now, by reading this magazine. I certainly am, in the time of writing this article.

Sometimes, you regret doing it, but other times, it may have worked out for you. Procrastination is always seen as such a negative thing – but like everything, it has it’s positives. Sort of. It’s time-saving, in the sense that things you would normally spend hours on suddenly become doable in a matter of half an hour. Some people work well under pressure, right? However, rushed work will definitely not reflect your true capabilities.

With mocks upcoming and final exams imminent, it’s a good idea to avoid procrastinating, or  at least try to do it as little as possible. Here are some ideas on what to do (and what not to do):

  • If you’re working on a big project, break it down and give yourself mini-deadlines.
  • Motivate yourself! Give yourself a reward after completing a task. It could be a food reward, or a short social break.
  • Think about the consequences of not doing it. Or think of the free time you’ll have later from doing it now. It may inspire you.
  • Give yourself breaks, but not ones where one YouTube video thing leads to another.
  • Imagine what your near-future self would say to you for leaving them three big assignments and an all-nighter to pull it off.
  • As often as it conveniently happens, try not to ‘miss’ looking at the clock when the time you said you’ll work approaches and instead, move it to the next hour…and the next…and then tomorrow, because now it’s far too late to be productive.
  • If you suddenly find that you’re free and you’re going to use that time for leisure, consider spending half, even a quarter of that time to do a bit of work that needs to be done. That way, the half of your time spent on leisure will feel even better since it’s been well-earned.

Hopefully these things will be helpful to you, and maybe you’re even doing some of them already, which is great. If you have something you should be doing right now – put down the magazine and come back to it when you’re done.

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