Recently I watched TED talk by Tim Urban. In his talk “Inside the mind of a master procrastinator“, Tim shared his experience of procrastination on important things, like writing a thesis. Then, I realized that it is not only me, who have been struggling in meeting deadlines, particularly, when you do not have strict deadlines.For instance, I know that I need to work on my thesis regularly, I even made a three-month plan for writing a thesis, but I rarely sticked to it. I now realize that I always find something else to do except working on a thesis. I would rather concentrate on work or read blogs on facebook or just watch football games. And thesis?! Yeah, I am very eager to write my thesis this Saturday and Sunday…Ooops, I have an English assignment to finish on those days. So, I never start to work on the actual thesis.
I think I can manage procrastination if I follow some recommendations made by some experts, such as meditating and having enough sleep (McGonigal, 2013). It is actually interesting to explore the effects of procrastination on students’ achievements and I might even choose this a topic for my PhD dissertation, but let me first finish my MSc paper.
McGonigal K. (2013). The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It. Avery; Reprint edition.
Urban T. (2016). Inside the mind of a master procrastinator [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_urban_inside_the_mind_of_a_master_procrastinator