Stuck In Mediocrity: How to Break Away From Procrastination


Since I’ve started writing longer pieces
of text such as articles and essays I’ve always come up against a roadblock. Concentration. I would always lose my focus on the subject
by “taking a break” which would consist of going on my phone or watching a YouTube
video for a bit. This “break” would go from the planned
5 minutes to 10 then to 30 and so on, going down the rabbit hole of scrolling through
social media or clicking on a chain of recommended videos on YouTube. I’ve read many articles and studies on why
we procrastinate and how we can stop it, but I think that we all know how to, but are just
too lazy to do it. What pushed me to actually implement the ways
that many recommend stopping procrastination was my overwhelming inner guilt of wasting
time where I could be productive, which has only recently just hit me. Now I will try to help others how I have helped
myself by outlining some very easy ways to come out of this state of mediocrity and to
achieve more than the status quo. I’ve found that my phone is my biggest time
sink. Since getting an S10 I’ve been able to access
a digital well-being tab in its settings which shows how much time I spend on my phone and
a break down by app on which app I spend the most time on. I was shocked to find that some days, at its
peak, I spent upwards of 12 hours on a combination of apps. This is what initially triggered my guilt
and pushed me to find ways to be more productive. To combat this I’ve come up with a simple
solution. Throw your phone away! (Not literally!) By this, I mean place your phone somewhere
around 1–2 meters away from your workspace. This should be close enough so that you are
not tempted to go on it to “browse for a few minutes” but also close enough so that
in case you need to use it for something productive you can reach it relatively easily. By making it harder to reach your phone, you’re
going to start to break the habit of immediately going for your phone when you are bored or
during downtime, which will also have long term benefits towards your attention span
and mental well-being. YouTube, Netflix or any other video streaming
platforms are my second biggest time sinks. Ending up on YouTube and going into the rabbit-hole
of videos has wasted an uncountable amount of time for me. Just by looking at the new “Time Watched”
section that you can find if you click your profile on the mobile YouTube app, I can see
that in the past week I have watched 27 hours and 9 minutes of YouTube. On average it takes me around 2–3 hours
to write a good quality text which means that in this time I could’ve finished 9–12
medium-sized texts or 3 heavily researched texts. And this is with the time I’ve spent in
only 1 week. I’ve found that the previous point of removing
my phone from my workspace helped greatly with this as my phone was one of the main
gateways I had to YouTube. To combat my YouTube use on my computer I
open a completely different browser window when I start a project which I force myself
to use for the sole purpose of researching and writing the project. This would also work for other platforms such
as Netflix. By separating my leisure and work browser
tabs I’ve become more focused on the task at hand as when I finish it, I can close the
work tab and access my leisure tab. Lastly time management. I’ve always been a believer in flexibility
when working. If I had a rigid time slot to get work done
I would always bend the restrains to my liking. This turned out to be very bad for my work
ethic as the time that I would allocate myself to work in would be wasted. I’ve had to break this habit by adapting
and now I try to allocate work slots of around 1 hour throughout the day. Having a 1-hour work slot means that I don’t
get discouraged and lose morale before I start working, as 1 hour isn’t too much time to
spend working. This allows me to take a break if I feel burned
out after or to continue if I feel inspired or finish my train of thought. Using these three tips won’t directly make
you into the most productive writer, editor or whatever you aspire to be. You still need to direct this new supply of
time into something productive, as well as being determined enough to push past the initial
“boredom” and reflex to take breaks and procrastinate. If you push past the initial barrier you will
greatly appreciate your newfound productiveness and will be an overall better person for it.

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Comments

  1. i hope that there will come a time that i’ll be able to beat my habit of procrastination. But i need to believe in myself

  2. You need a HUGE motivation to be productive all the time and that usually comes with a BIG life purpose. Honestly, you must know what are you here for, and then chase that no matter what. This is what keeps me going all the time.

  3. Love these videos. Procrastination really is a huge issue for a lot of people.
    You inspired me to start my own channel based on similar topics. I'd love if you could check it out and give me some feedback!!

  4. "When everyone went to one side of the room, I would always go to the opposite."
    "Otherwise it would make me mediocre and I would hate that."

  5. Some NOTES here

    1. YOUR PHONE: Biggest time sucker. Good solution would be keep your phone at least 1 to 2 meter away from you so you not tempted to go check your phone often.
    2. YOUTUBE OR OTHER VIDEO PLATFORM: With this you go into the rabbit hole of unproductive activity. Solution would be open completely different browser windows exclusively for work.
    3. TIME MANAGEMENT: Set up 1 hour work slot then take a break then again go back to 1 hour work slot.

    As always my passion is to share summaries like started doing it on my channel with PDF summaries ✌
    These three habits will make you whatever you aspire to be 🙌

  6. Really helpful. We spend so much time on the things that hold little real value for us that we lose life energy for the things that do matter. Great video 😊✨

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