Procrastinating at it’s Finest

This week I watched a TED Talk by Tim Urban called “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator.” At first, I didn’t think that I procrastinated as much as this guy did, but then, as I started to think about writing this blog, I noticed that I have had an entire week to do it, and I am just starting it three days before it is due… I think this is why I gravitated towards this video when I first saw the title!

 

Tim Urban discussed the differences between the brains of procrastinators and the brains of the non-procrastinators, and what he said related to me in many ways. He said that in a non-procrastinator’s brain, there is a rational decision maker, and in a procrastinator’s brain, there is a rational decision maker along with an instant gratification monkey. Sure, it sounds ridiculous, but when I applied it to my own life, it sounded like Urban hit the nail on the head. An instant gratification monkey is the little voice in my head that is telling me it is okay to live in the moment, forget about the past, and stay completely unbothered by the future. Well, let me tell you, that mentality does not work in college, and I learned that very quickly. I realized that the more time that I spent procrastinating, the less time that I put into the assignment, and I always ended up with a less-than-satisfactory grade.

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There has never been a time that I have been proud of myself after procrastinating because I am always exhausted after completing the ridiculous amount of work that I save for myself to do with little to no time to do it. In trying to change this habit of mine, I have realized that the biggest reason that I put things off is because I do not understand what it is that I am supposed to be doing. I know, that makes no sense because if I don’t understand it, how will putting it off help me?! It won’t, so this semester I have made it my goal to read all of my assignments at the beginning of the week, no matter when they are due. When I come across an assignment that I do not fully understand, I am going to either ask a classmate or email my professor so that there is no confusion, no stress, and as Tim Urban would say, no “panic monster” making me crazy as the deadline approaches. Procrastination is something that every person has likely struggled with a time or two in their lifetime, but I am standing up to the gratification monkey and the panic monster in my head and saying no more, and I hope my readers will do the same!

Thanks for reading,

Kayla

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8 thoughts on “Procrastinating at it’s Finest

  1. kymberliemarrilldiglit says:

    I like to think that I’m not much of a procrastinator, but I know that I am and there’s no use in trying to deny it. I try to look at all of my assignments when they first come out so I know what I need to do and I can guess about how much time I will need for it. When I start thinking about the time aspect I start thinking about how much I don’t want to do it and that’s when the procrastination starts. I know that I need to do something, but I don’t want to put in the time. That’s what happens with commenting on these blogs, I know that it will take a couple hours to read the blogs and then right a meaningful comment, but I am forcing myself to sit down and do them now instead of at last minute like I did last week.
    Whenever I come across an assignment that I really don’t want to do, which is almost all of them, I try to put it off by trying to plan more of my wedding. In my mind it makes sense, but in teacher’s minds not so much. I also have my whole wedding almost planned so there’s not much left to do which makes them excuse useless at the moment.

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    • kaylasdiglitclass says:

      I am the same way! When I think about writing comments or tweeting 20 times, I think “Oh that will be really easy!”, and then I find myself scrambling to do it at the end of the week because it takes a lot more time than I thought! I am hoping to get my procrastination under control, and I hope you can too! I know we will both be thankful when we do!

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  2. hallysblog8 says:

    Kayla,
    I am definitely not a procrastinator. I never have been because the few assignments I do procrastinate or forget about I don’t do very well. I don’t do well under pressure so I try to plan out my week with homework so that I can get it done in a timely manner. Not procrastinating helps keep my stress levels down a little more than they already are!

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  3. randomreality208 says:

    Kayla,
    It sounds like this is a great video to watch and I think that right after leaving this comment I am going to watch it. It sounds intriguing because I am a horrible procrastinator. I try everything not to be but like you said, I just get caught up in ‘living’ and doing things that I ‘wouldn’t be able to do if I don’t do it now” instead of homework. But, like you said once I do complete the task or tasks I am exhausted.

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  4. eligarzajr says:

    This is funny because I’m a great procrastinator (as you can tell given the time I am posting this comment). I’ll be honest, I wasn’t planning on watching this TED Talk when visited your page, but after reading this amazing blog post, I just had too. I think you picked an important topic to talk about. Awesome job.

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