Procrastination Station

I had big plans for today.

I was going to get up early and go for a run. I was going to make a start on a big Geography assignment that is due in 10 days time. I was going to spend the afternoon writing blog posts to make sure there would be plenty of content up on here in the coming weeks.

It's now 5:52 in the afternoon and have I done any of those things. Nope. I mean, yes, I've watched a whole season of Sherlock, read 5 chapters of Caitlyn Moran's book Moranthology and spent AT LEAST two hours on Pinterest. And although I'm not suggesting for a second that it is a complete waste of time to spend 4 1/2 hours staring at Benedict Cumberbatch's cheekbones, have I really done anything important. Nope.

Okay, I might technically be writing a blog post now, but trust me when I say that this is not the kind of quality content I had in mind. I just think it's kind of disheartening to think that I spend so much time actively doing things I know I don't need to be doing in order to avoid doing things I know I really do need to be doing.

Even as I sit at the kitchen table writing this, my phone lies half a metre to my left and the urge to stop typing and quickly check Twitter is almost painful. Do I actually need to check Twitter (especially when I know it's going to be awash with sickeningly cute couples. Thanks Valentines Day.)? No. Am I actually interested in what anyone has to say on there? No. Do I just want to avoid doing what I'm actually supposed to be doing, aka writing this? Yep.

I'm being serious. It's estimated that around 20% of people are chronic procrastinators (meaning they will find any excuse to not do the things they want / need to do), and I'll be the first to admit that I am probably one of them. For people like me who procrastinate a lot, it really can take over your whole life. You can give me two weeks to complete a task, and you can bet money on the fact it won't get done until the night before. It genuinely worries me that during the next few years I will be taking exams that will affect me for the rest of my life, when I know my work ethic is so bad.

I'm not 100% sure where I am going with this to be completely honest, except for the fact that I desperately need to improve the amount of time I spend procrastinating. I am a perfectionist, I want everything to be perfect all the time and that often stops me from doing the things I want to do with my time. If I'm being brutally honest, that is usually why there are so few posts up on here, I want every post to be amazing and even if I have what I think is a good idea it usually doesn't take me too long to talk myself out of doing it in the fear of whether it will be 'good enough'. One of my main problems is that the things I procrastinate over aren't even things I hate doing, they are things that I really do want to be doing.

I hope that this will be something I will get better at. It's all about realising that you've just got to get out there and do something. If you are reading this (1. well done for putting up with my completely nonsensical thoughts right now) try to do something (seriously, anything) today that you've been meaning to do for a while. Trust me you will feel a lot better about yourself afterwards.  

If you have any good tips to help stop my life (and maybe others' as well) from continuing to be a complete and utter procrastination station, then please leave them below. I could really do with some good advice. :)

Sarah xx