There are two types of people in this world. The people who get things done as soon as they know they need doing, and those that leave things until the last minute. Sometimes when I’m feeling super keen I am the former, but most of the time I still regress to my 15-year-old self, setting my alarm for 4am so I can finish my French coursework in time.
Why when I know I have weeks to complete a project, do I not start it until the latest possible minute? Why do I torture myself so?
This is the conversation I have with myself:
Sensible part of brain: Well, you’ve got lots of time for this work, so why not start now, get it done ahead of time, and be able to give it proper attention?
Silly part of brain: OR… I could have a little sit down and a biscuit, and start tomorrow? There is loads of time after all.
*repeat this conversation daily until the day before the work is due*
Silly part of brain, throwing biscuits on the floor in a panic: SHIT!!! I’ve only got a day!! Why didn’t I start earlier??
Sensible part of brain: SIGH
I found a cartoon today on my new very favourite website, Toothpaste For Dinner, that perfectly sums up my work style:
I think that pretty much sums it up.
Working at home doesn’t help, as you’re surrounded by constant distractions that always seem so much more interesting. You know things are desperate when the hoover looks enticing. What strategies do you have for getting things done in a timely manner? Any top tips for avoiding procrastination?