Overcoming Procrastination

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I don’t have a job jar. I probably should have a job jar.  Does that actually work?

I have read books on procrastination (after procrastinating starting them) and I have never found a sure fire method of beating procrastination. A rapidly approaching deadline means I get things done, but it doesn’t mean that the procrastination doesn’t happen.

Well, today’s Perfect Moment is a small victory over procrastination.. In my non existent job jar, I had a whole bunch of little jobs that I figured I should get around to.  They weren’t particularly taxing, which made them easy to put off.  I know that sounds ridiculous–it certainly reads as ridiculous.  I am almost ashamed that I put it in this post–but I actually think it’s true.

I could have found other things to do today, but for some reason, I was able to gather some energy and do a bunch of these tasks. Maybe it was the lack of exciting TV.  Maybe it was that no one bothered me, or looked over my shoulder, or criticized my plan of attack.

On another note, totally unrelated to this, I am experiencing difficulty in reading other people’s posts. When I click on my Reader tab, nothing comes up.  The page shows an outline of where posts would be, but no posts appear and there is nothing to click on.  It is kind of frustrating.  I know some of you have written posts, but I can’t read them.  Sorry.

I have written a note to WP, but if any of you have a solution, please let me know.

 

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About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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11 Responses to Overcoming Procrastination

  1. leggypeggy says:

    Sometimes I can’t see what’s in my reader, but that’s because my server is being slow to load, so it may be a problem with your internet provider.

  2. I was thinking of making a job jar, maybe I’ll do it tomorrow

  3. make a list.
    cross stuff off as you do it.
    it apparently works. (I’m going to try. from tomorrow)

  4. Heide says:

    I also am a terrible procrastinator, Anthony. But I’m trying to change my ways after realizing that the amount of effort I spend trying not to do something is often greater than the effort it would take to just do it. Here’s the method I’ve been trying: First thing in the morning, ask yourself what one thing you MUST accomplish on that day. Then do it for 25 minutes. I find that usually once I get started on something I don’t want to stop. (Which is why soon I will be tackling the problem of chronic tardiness, ha ha.)

  5. Julia says:

    You might find this of interest if you haven’t procrastinated and come across it before like I have: https://waitbutwhy.com/2013/11/how-to-beat-procrastination.html

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