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What Being a Procrastinator Taught Me (309/365)

You might have guessed it from the title but I was a huge procrastinator as a young student. I did everything last minute and lived life on the edge, I would wait until the day before or the morning of an exam to actually revise, and sometimes it worked out for me, other times it didn’t. I wouldn’t recommend that everyone try this method of work because not everyone can and honestly it’s more stressful than planning ahead and being prepared.

Although I say all of that, being a procrastinator for so long taught me many things and here they are!

I’ve seen this happen with a lot of people, they’ll have a busy day and need to get a few things done and as they run short of time the panic sets in…

“One hour isn’t enough time to do everything we need to do”

They’ll think, but in reality one hour is more than enough time in a lot of cases, you just have to plan your time around it. The best way to do that is to break down the mighty task ahead, once you have broken it down into smaller tasks, look at how long each bit actually takes, and you’ll see that you have more time than you think.

I feel like it’s easy to get overwhelmed by big tasks, so always break them up into bitesize chunks – it makes life a lot easier.

I remember in my first year of university, I was really bad when it came to assignments and exams. I would start reading and writing essays the night before they were due, and revise for exams the morning of that exam. It was ridiculous, I’m surprised I didn’t fail anything, but I guess one saving grace was I knew how to cram at that point.

One exam was based on an actual book, a book that I didn’t read, nor did I have any interest in reading. Thankfully my friend hooked me up with a summary of it, and I read that the night before the exam, I knew I could because at that point I was pretty nocturnal and wouldn’t sleep either way.

Another thing procrastinating taught me was awareness of what I can and can’t do. The way my brain digests information is weird, but also made for cramming and I knew exactly how to do it. However some people need days to process information and actual plans, so for those people – DON’T PROCRASTINATE.

Just don’t do it, because it will bite you in the ass.

I guess the final and most important thing procrastinating taught me was about how I am as a person in terms of processing information and working under stressful conditions. I found that if there was no stress, I wouldn’t have the drive to actually work, so a little bit of pressure was always needed.

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