to do or not to do
August 2, 2008 9:44am CST
There are times when I'm piled up with reports that I need to finish at a deadline. But I still mange to forgo them for the things I like doing. Like in this time, I need to finish a written report that is due for Monday, but I am here writing on my blog and making discussions on my favorite website, :). ... why is it so easy to do the things you want to do. Why is it so difficult to do the things you like doing, for the things that you need to be doing in the first place?
• Puerto Rico
2 Aug 08
I tell you this, Get a calender and write down the day you have to get in report divide your school work with the one you like. Organize your self to be part in here and part out. You have note to cover and you don't cover here . The school work is the first thing you should do . Because the site is here and it will have the discussion more time posted that your homework . Your home work does have a time for you to get it in your school. Have a nice day.
• United States
2 Aug 08
I have this problem as well, and I think what you need to do is identify the type of procrastination. Sometimes you procrastinate because the task you're doing is difficult and you're unsure of how to get started, but other times you don't want to start any task, regardless of whether it's easy or difficult. The latter is what you can call "deep procrastination". The former is relatively easy to solve--follow the GTD method and make a todo list of tasks and subtasks. Try to make each subtask as specific as possible (say something small and simple that you can finish in a short time frame) so that you feel you can finish it quickly. So basically, don't put a task like "Write book report" in your todo list, but put "List traits of the book's main character" and "Organize traits into paragraph format". If you have the latter problem of "deep procrastination", then the problem is more due to there being too much work. There is a point when people get tired of working, and if you find that you aren't motivated to do even the simplest of tasks, then you need to shave off your work load. Cut down your tasks so that you only have a few--and make sure you do those few well. There is a very nice article about curing deep procrastination here: http://calnewport.com/blog/2008/07/14/monday-master-class-stop-procrastinating-by-making-it-easier-to-procrastinate/ Good luck!