It’s an experiment article which contains inconsistency, poorly structured ideas, and vague objections. Also, the article contains real-time notes, thoughts, and impressions which may be confusing. Enjoy!
I’ve started a 30-day challenge which is about me writing 1 article a day during a 30-day period. Today is my second day, and the day it’s published is the third one. I’ve failed already because I didn’t make that article today. At this point, it’s 25.12.2018, 22:50, Ukrainian time.
What was the purpose of this challenge? I wanted to figure out several things:
I’m actually documenting all this information in real-time. It’s funny that right now I feel more empowered to write this article than ever. Why? Because before I started writing this article, I was staring at my content plan trying to pick up the next topic to write about.
I was staring at this article “Smart Goal Setting: Why You Need to Set Impossible Goals”. I’ve even started writing this piece of content. 200 words in, and I was already down and out. I did not want to continue because I was not motivated enough, a bit lazy, and also because I’ve procrastinated for the very last moment until I thought that I can no longer deliver that article on time.
I excused myself saying that I didn’t want to sacrifice the quality of my content for its quantity. When I started the article about goal setting, I found that I was describing obvious things but at the same time I didn’t have time to do research because I was procrastinating for too long.
Finally, I realized that I won’t make it and posted a few tweets with these lines:
That’s what I heard from my university teachers, parents, and school teachers. However, nobody has ever explained to me the nature of procrastination. Why procrastination happens, and whether or not you can benefit from putting the work off. Nobody has ever explained to me why I need to do things upfront. Moreover, none of my teachers had told me why I actually needed to care about their subject.
Whenever I care about the work that I need to do, I will certainly find a way to do it. For example, during my university years, I knew exactly that I want to learn the English language, and I didn’t care much about anything else. However, I had plenty of “important subjects.”
Only when there was an exam time, I would finally start doing something non-related to my circle of interests. Well, actually, I would prepare as many cheatsheets as possible because I didn’t know shEEt about the subject.
That’s how most of my classmates survived. Nobody has ever learned anything, however, everybody knew where to find the information quickly. It’s a good skill to have especially if you’re a content writer or thinking about starting your own blog.
My groupmates are not the only procrastinators out there. Actually, 80% – 95% of college students engage in procrastination, according to the study published by the University of Calgary.
Here is what I’ve just found about procrastination, and why it’s bad. Procrastination may be an indicator of:
Sounds quite impressive. While I can’t argue with these findings, and they do seem true, I wonder, if anybody has ever looked deeper. I think the problem lies in a person’s motivation to complete a particular task either work-related or not.
For example, before I started this article, I was motivated to do write an article about “smart goal setting” simply because I had to write something to comply with the challenge I’ve set for myself. I’ve spent an entire day thinking what to write about and when I’ve finally managed to start, I struggled a lot. It was not coming out naturally. I had to do an enormous effort to write even the first line. Why?
Because I just had to do write. When “you just have to do something”, it’s not always because you actually need or want it. On the contrary, it may be because you’ve been forced to do that by your own will or even worse somebody else’s. When the goal is vague, the reward is unclear, and you have no clue why can’t you just as well go have some fun this is where procrastination occurred to me.
Many, many times I’ve been in this situation where I had to do something, however, I did not want to. And it wasn’t because I was unable to work methodically, wasn’t persistent enough, or was poorly disciplined. I was procrastinating because I could see no benefits, no value, nothing that I can get from the “boring” task.
Actually, when I started researching why procrastination can be good for you, I’ve found that somebody has already come up with the idea that I’ve just come up with. That’s exciting. However, I think I can use that to support my idea that procrastination is good for you because of several things. Procrastination helps you:
This article is a proof that I’ve just eliminated the unnecessary, poorly researched topic (edited: just to write another poorly researched article). During the day, before I started writing an article about goal setting, I’ve practiced my acoustic guitar skills and learned two songs: “Three Days Grace – Drown” and “Ashes Remain – Right Here”. I’ve also bought some presents for my family and had some fun.
Finally, I’ve made a better decision which is about prioritizing quality over quantity (edited: nope). It’s a 1000-word article with a real-life case which I can fairly call an experiment. I’ve completed this article in an hour. It’s 23:50 on the clock, and I hope you’ve found this article helpful or insightful.
Procrastination isn’t always a bad thing it can lead to better decision making and increased productivity. Also, you can filter the work, tasks or goals and focus on more important things to do.
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