Sadly, it’s my life in a nutshell. I’ve tried to change this meaning for a long time now, but it’s still the same.
In grade 8, I self-diagnosed myself as a procrastinator. I was suffering from a deadly disease: Procrastination. This disease to me is still incurable, and affects me most of the time when I arrive home. It rarely affects me during school, since I’m pretty productive around people who can judge my work ethics – but I can’t say the same thing when I arrive home.
Hours of lazing around turned into days lazing around, to months… to years.. And here I am now. A horribly diseased procrastinator who knows about her condition, but makes no effort to change it, cause – y’know, you can do it tomorrow.
So I was ecstatic when I heard that our blog was going to be about these kinda of topics, since then I could actually make an effort curing myself of procrastination.
Turn ‘Tomorrow’ into ‘Pomodoro’
The strategy of my choice would be the Pomodoro technique. This technique consists of 25 min work periods, and 5 min break periods, all meshed together perfectly. I won’t lie, I’ve tried this method last month, with no result… There were too many distractions around me, and since it’s very comfortable at home, I wouldn’t be very efficient. So I went to the library, and the change in work stations increased my working efficiency! I got things done, but as a human, I got greedier, and wanted to increase my working efficiency to around 80%, while I was at 40-50%. This lead me to a burnout, and a cold since I gave myself no time to rest at all. The time I slept was 7 hours, but I was more tired than I was when I only slept for 4 hours last year. Waking up was a chore itself, and with huge black rings under my eyes, I would trudge myself to school.
But the Jaewon I know doesn’t give up that easily, and tries again. This weekend, I tried to implement one strict Pomodoro session, with 25 exact minutes of work and 5 minutes of actual break, racking up 2.5 hours per session. And to my delight, it worked. But to make sure I can pull this method out whenever I want to, and the rate of success of the session to be 100%, I need to practice. The end goal for me would probably be 100 hours of the session. I downloaded a Pomodoro app on my iPhone called: Focus Keeper, and this app will record how much time I actually spend doing work in the session.
Since going to the library everyday is a lot of work, I’ll go around 2 times a week, and stay at home the other days. After school, I usually take a one hour break, but I will shrink that to 30 minutes of settling into my work station, and then I will commence my Pomodoro session, at least two, at max three per day. This strategy will and is working well for me, as I’m writing this blog post in a Pomodoro session! It’s very efficient, and I can see myself loving this app more and more.
The critical moves would be to turn off the notifications from my phone, so there are no distractions constantly buzzing on my phone. As I get better and better at this, I’ll introduce myself to noise around me, to get used to distractions, since there are sounds and distractions around me in a normal day. My environment – my workplace would be spotless, as I tend to get distracted easily. You know what they all say: Clearing the clutter around you will clear up the clutter in your brain!! Well… At least that’s what I think it is…