A lot of people *think* they have a problem with procrastination.
In fact, a lot of people do have a problem with procrastination…
But it’s not everyone that thinks they do.
I wrote a huge guide on ending procrastination that digs into some of the details:
Procrastination can be a good thing…
Sometimes we tell ourselves, “If I wait for a better time, I’ll be able to do a better job on the work than I could if I just do it now.”
And, sometimes you’re right.
It’s probably not a good idea to try and write that important essay when you get home at 11pm and need to wake up at 5 am. Maybe tomorrow is a better time? Right?
But if you intentionally avoided doing the essay when you decided you’d rather bounce that ball against your bedroom wall for an hour that same day… then you might be using procrastination the wrong way.
Do you ever feel bored?
I used to feel bored a lot. Daily, probably.
As I got older, and I built some solid goals for my future, being bored pretty much disappeared.
Essentially, I have a to-do list (or a should-do list) that’s longer than I could possibly ever complete. And I know it…
It’s a strange dynamic. There is always too much to do and never “enough” time. But… since I’ve made this decision consciously I never have to worry about disappointment about that fact. I’ve set myself up to fail at at least a few of the goals I’ve set for myself.
Why would I set myself up to fail?
Because I’d rather fail at a few things then not make the most of the time I have.
What does this have to do with procrastination?
Procrastination is largely about goals.
If I had the choice between studying or playing video games, and I pick playing video games… am I procrastinating?
At first glance, you’d think, definitely… but you really can’t know unless you knew what my goals were.
If my goal was to enjoy myself… then no, playing video games wasn’t procrastination. (Though… it could be a sign that I have a screwed up set of goals.)
Procrastination is a bogey man. By that, I mean, people make it into this evil villain but just a choice. Sure… as an evil villain, you get to blame it for all kinds of bad things but… once you accept the choice, you’re more likely to actually fix things.
At least that’s what I think.
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T had her head down staring at her grade. She’d kind of curled up the edges of the paper a little to casually hide the teacher’s red pen from the people in the chairs next to her. It was another disappointing grade and she just ran out of ideas.
So that afternoon, after class, she went up to the teacher and asked for some advice.
She got an answer – work hard. Study more. She politely responded but felt a little disappointed because she was sure that was what she was already doing.
But… she tried harder.
And a month later, she was staring back down at the same disappointing grade on her paper…
She thought she’d talk to the teacher and clarify how hard she was working. Then ask for advice.
The teacher responded that ‘you shouldn’t expect results so fast. It takes time.’
I agree with that teacher in some sense.
But in another sense, I want to throw him off a bridge. (Not a mortal fall. Just a scary, think-twice before saying that stupid thing again fall.)
Good studying shows instant results. NOW! Not 6 months from now. – for most classes… math has some complications but more than a month is too long to wait.
Maybe not in your final grade. But on the single assignment and test grades – results should be showing up.
If not, change something. (Even if it’s something small.)
To take it farther –
For some students, the second they stop studying using a Smart Student Secrets/Active Recall strategy, they can instantly feel the difference in knowledge. Instead of ending their study session worried, they end the session with confidence.
Results aren’t something that you should wait 6 months for.
You shouldn’t have to wait until everything goes perfect.
Are you ready for results?
That’s what I teach.
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