In keeping with my general change in life style (attempting to go Zero Waste, for example), I started doing something new this semester. Instead of being your average procrastinating college student, I started completing my assignments as much as a week before they were due. Of course, this was more out of necessity than out of any sort of organizational genius. If I don’t keep at least a week ahead of my responsibilities, I get so overwhelmed with work that I turn into some sort of bag lady with cats who is nasty to the people who love her. Even so, I find myself procrastinating to a certain extent, and I while I was cleaning the other day (avoiding studying for my huge concrete exam), I came up with this list.
The Four Stages of Procrastination
1. Denial. Pfft, it’s an open note test. I don’t need to study that long for it.
2. Avoidance. The guilt of avoiding what you actually need to do leads to perceived productivity. Some of my favorite avoidance methods are:
- Cleaning. I’ll feel more like studying with a sparkling clean bathroom, right?
- Cooking. I need to fuel my brain with delicious noms! (More often than not, this leads to an extremely anti-productive food coma).
- Writing blog posts. I mean, I do need to stick to my Tues/Thurs posting schedule…it’s totally just as important as reinforced concrete.
- Doing work for other classes. This is my favorite because you can pretend it isn’t procrastinating.
- Playing with cats. Awwww so fuzzy!
3. Panic. Ohmygod why did I think I had plenty of time to do this?! I’ll never get anything done! Woe! Woe! Often the panic lasts longer than the actual task will.
4. Relief/Hope. Ahhh, it’s finally done. Next time, I will get things done at a reasonable time. Except probably not.
Do you find yourself going through these stages, too? What are your favorite avoidance activities?