Yesterday was my day off, and I have a whole lot of plans to do, House to clean, bills to pay, Harry Potter to read. I spend almost my whole day doing 2 out of 3. I bet you know which one I ignore. Yes.. House cleaning.

I know no one is going to clean the house if not me. And I know sooner or later, I will be the one who will do it. In the end, I started cleaning my house at around 10.00pm and I’m supposed to go to bed at around 1.00 am. This is a real example of procrastination.

Basically we all know procrastination. It is when we skip one task (which is usually the most important and not fun) to do another task (which is more fun) or not doing any task at all (which is super fun hehe). And it has been illustrated in almost all self-help book on how to overcome it; the whole to-do list, prioritize etc.

I am not going to reinvent the wheel and elaborate on that. I am more interested on how we, the real people, handle it. This is what I did –

  • Smaller But Frequent Rewards – After every 5 pages of Harry Potter I read, I will get up and do 2 small things; wash the dishes and take out the garbage.
  • Procrastinate Consciously – Sometimes when I really hate the task, and it is not that important. I choose to procrastinate conciously. For example, I have to prepare monthly maintenance report, which is very tedious. My mind go blank already with no mood what so ever to do it. I know for sure that if I force myself doing it, the report will be badly written and I may have to do it again. In that case, I usually decide to procrastinate without any guilt, and play that damn addictive “pikacu” game my wife introduced me. Later, I found out that I am able to do the report effectively for about 15 minutes before I’m out of mood again. At least 15 minutes of work done right?
  • Lie to Self – Working under pressure sometimes do give me a bit motivation to overcome procrastinate. Usually I just lie to myself saying that in 2 hours my manager will be coming for tea at my house. I repeatedly convince myself that that will happen. And then you can see I work at 110% efficiency.

I still believe procrastinate is a bad attitude to have. But it will always be there. And sometimes it wins.

So do you guys have any secret way to tackle procrastination? motivate yourself to do things you dont like?

————— Personal Note ————————–
My worst case of procrastination is when I was studying in the university. I need to submit all my reports the next day, and I still had to do 14 weekly reports all in one night. The pressure that night was so overwhelming that I even thought that this might be how people who commit suicide feels like. Not that I have that idea. I finished all the reports in time, but the lecturer failed me. That was one lesson I will remember for the rest of my life.

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  1. intankamaruddin
    23 Jun 07 7:50 am

    What I do is, once the task is assigned, do it straight away while the spirit’s still firing. And don’t even think abt procrastinating. Bila dah fikir2 nak tangguh tu, alamatnya mmg akan tertangguh lah. Heheh.

    Ur prof failed you? Haha. I think he knew it was one nite job :-p

  2. Banji
    23 Jun 07 11:36 am

    That’s exactly what happened to me back then. “buat esok la” then tomorrow another esok. All of a sudden dateline already :p

    Yes he definitely knew. Seriously it’s very frustrating that you fail a subject not because you don’t understand it but due to your attitute.

  3. Akak Pok Pek
    27 Jun 07 4:24 pm

    n still doing it,
    yours truly, app

  4. Akak Pok Pek
    27 Jun 07 4:25 pm

    I shud become the PRESIDENT of this club!!!


  5. Banji
    27 Jun 07 5:40 pm

    Vote APP for Presidency!! 🙂

    yours truly
    Mr Secretary

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