PROCRASTINATION

This one is special. It is an act that I often rely on. I’m not sure where it stands on the B&W scale, but it has helped me sometimes.

This one is special.

It is an act that I heavily rely on; is it a good thing, I’m not sure.

PROCRASTINATION

‘the action of delaying or postponing something’

it is a habitual and/or intentional delay of tasks despite its side-effects…

This means, to ignore doing things until the last minute or just avoiding them altogether. The idea of putting away a to-do list until the very last minute, giving task the chance to move from important to urgent before executing them.

Why is this word important?

Well, I procrastinated on writing the weekly post. I had known from a while that the fourth week of the current month was going to be tightly packed and also the fact that I am expected to give WW4.

And instead of attending to this important task when I had the time, I let it sit until the last minute aka I procrastinated. And here I am, now writing it when its developed a sense of urgency, instead of just importance.

This word is important to me because I’m acknowledging a behavioral pattern that I have and trying to address it. For me, the act of admitting to ones fault is the first sign of growth (In my head I’m hearing each reader say “More power to you!”… that’s me hoping)

While it seems all bad because I tend to sometimes under-perform in comparison to my potential. I miss out on time that could be used to improve the presentation and save me some last minute sprints. But, I’ve realized that procrastinating has its own small benefits. I don’t spend too much time planning the smaller things and don’t get the chance to sweat them either. It makes me a fast thinker who usually opts creativity to deal with the time deficit. It makes me live in the moment.

Guess then, I just need to learn to segregate tasks on which I can and cannot procrastinate!

Do you procrastinate as well?

Please do share your experiences and hacks of dealing with it.

Bonus: There are people who identify themselves as PROCAFFEINATORS.

These are the people who cannot get started with their day, work or life without first having their caffeine fix. Its a dependence of sorts.

PS: WW= Weekly Word

FLOW

A new habit with this New Year!

Here’s to beginning this new year with a new habit!
As enticing as the idea was, I realised that writing- like every other well thought task, requires commitment. And I for one has been having a hard-time at doing it. Sometimes, you are full of ideas and yet deceived by productivity and results.

That’s what brought me to my first Weekly Word: FLOW

Commonly known through its slang- Zone; flow is actually a state of mind. It is the in-between space, where over doing beyond its borders leads to stress and being challenged under this level feels like a waste of our skill-set and hence boredom.

Have you ever been in a trance like state while working at something, so much so that you lost track of time and surroundings? So much so that, nothing mattered anymore but for the job at hand? Has an activity ever helped you disconnect from your here and now and transported you to a place of comfort and safety?
If you’ve ever felt this way, then my friend you’ve been in a Flow state of mind.

According to positive psychology, flow is a state of ‘complete immersion’ in an activity. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the man who recognised and named this concept, says that flow is like-

“being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”

*Media Credits to The Flow Campaign on Behance

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