CONFESSIONS OF A PROCRASTINATOR
According to the wiki, it translates into: the prefix “pro- forward and suffix “crastinus- till the next day.” It is simply the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished OR the action of delaying or postponing something.
Hi, I am Esther and I am a victim (I hope this doesn’t make me sound really pathetic). Procrastination has been a part of me for as long as I can remember.
Usually, I wake up with loads of plans and ideas on how my day should pan out and at the end of the day, I achieve just two, other times, one or nothing.
This habit or attitude, whichever you choose to call it, has transcended into laziness to make matters worse. It has grown from refusing to take actions at all to lying in bed all day.
This has to stop, I thought, so, I decided to access myself. What exactly is my problem, is it my phone and my endless time I spend on social media? But that was just the primary reason.
There are days I wake up and the first thing I do is check for messages, even before I pray ( Lord have mercy), when I am eating, I am on my phone, doing the needful to smell better (I hope you know I mean having a bath), I am still on my phone. Interestingly, I do not respond to most messages (like I have thousands of them). Amazing right?
Here is a breakdown of how my day goes whenever I am indoors:
Check social media
Do some chores
Check social media
Then, it is night.
Oh no! I didn’t get to study becomes my cry realizing the day is gone.
The big question: why am I sharing this? Because I want you to know three things:
- Procrastination is bad (I am pretty sure you know this already, just a subtle reminder)
- Laziness is worse.
- I noticed it doesn’t help my I.Q at all. I am a very intelligent person but now, I feel the opposite of this.
Knowing a problem exists is the first step to solving it. I thought of how to overcome this and checked the “Mr. know all- google”. With everything I read, I realized all I lacked was discipline.
- Discipline over my mind
- Discipline over my phone
- Discipline over wandering thought
- Discipline in how I carry out my plans to achieve my goals.
We can talk about this thing called discipline some time. Learn what it requires to be disciplined too.
Who else is a procrastinator like my humble self? I am working on it. Will you do the same?
Written by Nneka Esther Okoro.
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