Procrastination and Time Management.

Hitomi (@kidvisions) 10 years, 2 months ago

Hello everyone,

I have been reading this conversation :
and I thought about starting a topic here.
I have set up some goals that I have always wanted to achieve, but everytime I do them for the first couple of weeks and then I feel discouraged. I have noticed that I became very distracted by Internet and that it has become a real obstacle for my self-development. The thing is I always say I’m not going to procrastinate and I will learn how to manage my time in a better way but I never do it.

Has anyone of you been able to overcome procrastination?
How do you proceed with time man

March 11, 2012 at 10:31 am
Filip (2,818)M (@filipek) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Like with most subjects I do not think there is one simple answer for this matter. So much is dependent on your development in childhood, the norms and values you are taught (by your parents) and how you have learned to deal with issues like this. Also your personality characteristics and the environment you are raised in both play a big role in my opinion.

So I do not think there is one simple answer for this, since everybody is raised in a different way, facing different issues in life etc. However, I do think a lot depends on your personality and your willingness to change as an adult. First you have to find out for yourself where this procrastination is coming from (which could be a task that takes years, and I am not exaggerating), then you have to find out whether you are willing to change what needs to be changed, and then you have to start changing the things that need to be changed.

Of course society has a big impact on this as well; we in the western world are spoiled. We have everything what a human being possibly needs, and the basic needs as seen in the pyramid of Maslow are all satisfied. We do not have to fight to survive, search for food and shelter and a safe place to stay. So yes, we become lazy, and obviously we start procrastinating.
So unfortunately I cannot give you one satisfying answer in this matter, because you have to find out for yourself why you procrastinate and where this voice, that is telling you to chase your ‘pleasure’ first and leave the things that must be done for later, is coming from.

Jason (111) (@thinknowlivenow) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Hey Kidvisions; great thread and video!

Dealing with procrastination and time management is perhaps one of the staples of personal development and growth. Self-discipline is the cornerstone to this, and it can indeed be quite challenging to get going at first. I agree with you that the internet is perhaps the biggest distraction, as it affords much freedom but also many ways to kill time.

One of the best ways to start becoming aware of how you use your time (as well as a method I use daily for just about everything I do on the computer, both online and off), is to use a simple internet stopwatch:

You can start using it while posting on HE or browsing the internet. I set it for 45:00 minutes at a time, that way when it goes off, I’ve only spent less than an hour on any one various activity. It’s a perfect way to time out breaks; I’ll typically work on an article or a post, then take a 5 minute break AWAY from the computer when it goes off. Then I sit down, and do another 45. You can change the time to whatever you’d like, 45 minute blocks is just ideal for me.

This works for a couple of reasons; first, you subconsciously become aware that you don’t have all day to do a task anymore, and this almost forces you to be more productive for that 45 minutes. Secondly, you only have to focus on a task for 45 minutes at a time! You can “box” your time into these blocks, and do something rewarding after you finish a block. This reinforces the good behavior, and puts other time wasting activities like browsing or checking facebook in their place.

I plan on writing an in-depth article on my site in the near future on how to deal with procrastination and time management; I hope this helps you for the time being!

Anonymous (0) (@) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

I have quite big problems with procrastination too and what Jason recommended is really good – I can add a thing called Pomodoro, which is exactly about dividing your time and spending it actually more efficiently. ( I have this pomodoro app on my phone which I’ve unfortunately almost forgotten about and you can set various stuff there – the lengths of the working time as well as breaks, etc. But the default is 25 + 5 block, which I think may be better for start than the longer one which Jason mentioned.
Good luck :)

Hitomi (67) (@kidvisions) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

@Filip: I agree with what you said. I think that the environment plays a very important role in procrastination.
In the the developing countries life is so difficult that people give up working hard because they can very rarely reach what they want.

: Thanks! :)
I really like you idea! I’m going to try it right away!

Hitomi (67) (@kidvisions) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

@Rainy: Thank you for the website! It looks interesting!

Anonymous (30) (@) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

@Jason that stopwatch idea is BRILLIANT. Love it. Definitely clicking the stopwatch link in about 3 seconds.

Hitomi (67) (@kidvisions) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

I love the pomodoro!! :)

Hitomi (67) (@kidvisions) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Thank you Rainy!

Pata (4) (@odjur) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Procrastination is your ego. Time management is your ego tryin to fool you into believin your dealing with the issue when your not. Its just a workaround like a band aid on a bullet wound. Covering up the problem.

Fuck time management. Time management is stupid. Its all about energy management and good ol fuckin action.

You can start getting rid of procrastination by not continuing to tell yourself that you dont get shit done. Your thoughts become your habits an actions.

But it all comes down to good ol fuckin action. Trying to find a way to stop procrastinating IS PROCRASTINATION. ACTION ACTION ACTION! is all that matters an its the only way to stop procrastinating. No excuses, just do it.

Keep it real.

Bryan Hellard (307)M (@xyver) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Kid visions! You’re back! Long time no see!

I have the same troubles too, but Jason’s idea is great.

Hitomi (67) (@kidvisions) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

hey there! yeah i keep disappearing. facebook is not fun anymore. i am addicted.
As for pata’s post. i think u are right about action: getting started and just do it! but time management is important too! for expl, i spend most of my days by either not doing anything by procrastinating, or by doing terrible at tasks by trying to do everything at the same time, multitasking that is.

Jason (111) (@thinknowlivenow) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Multi-tasking can be useful, but it really depends on the nature of the task. Multi-tasking while on the internet is usually a recipe for distraction : )

I’m thinking about doing a podcast on procrastination to help people get a better grip on the issue.

Jason (111) (@thinknowlivenow) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Hey guys! I know it’s been a day or two since this discussion has occurred, but I finished a new podcast titled “How to Effectively Manage Procrastination”:

Check it out, I’m sure most of you guys will find some insight and inspiration from this one!

Marc (163) (@rusty16x) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

For me the best way to overcome procrastination is to identify the issue – and then create an official self appointed challenge to radically change my behaviour!

In fact I’m on day 2 of a 90 day challenge aimed at destroying the procrastination behind being the change between who I am and who I want to be.

Read here if you guys are interested!

Jason (111) (@thinknowlivenow) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Absolutely fantastic Marc : ) Your challenge is nothing short of inspirational.

; Great quote!

For those who may have missed it on the last page (I think it was literally the last post before a new page started), here’s the link to the new podcast:

“How to Effectively Manage Procrastination”:

Daniel (3) (@eindal) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Oh my god, please keep this going. This is, hands down, my worst character flaw. I feel like if I didn’t procrastinate so much I’d be king of the world by now. That’s how bad it is : )

As far as my personal experience goes: When I have to do something, I can map out how long it’ll take, the steps necessary, and sometimes I even realize it’s not even that difficult but there’s this strange mental block (it’s the weirdest feeling) that keeps me from actually doing it until some kind of real time pressure forces me to (last minute work).

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