I don’t know what I want to do with my life. I like everything so I spread myself too thin. But due to anxiety about taking the wrong direction, I end up not doing anything at all. I was good at basically every subject at school other than Maths and PE. Before I left school I wanted to be an artist, then I wanted to study law, I ended up studying science. I was really into art and painting, before that I was really into music and still am. Now I am interested in politics. Not just one area but many areas. I don’t know what to do. :( 2 hours ago
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This semester I could had straight A’s and decided not to. Disappointed with myself and I also need to get a job too. 3 days ago
How I did it: I found compartmentalized work spaces, and I found the concept of "non-zero days."
It's taken me a while to find specific work spaces that work for me (pun intended), but over time, I've found the places where I work/write and study best, and I've found places where I can do programming.
In these two spaces, I do only these activities, respectively. Everything else is strictly forbidden. If I catch my mind wandering or catch myself wanting to do something that doesn't fit within the category of activities allowed for that space, I leave. It generally means it's time for a break, anyway, because I've probably been sitting there for five or six hours.
The first concept and the realization of the concept took about two years. I slowly found good locations where I, personally, could do work. I now know these locations, and I automatically go to these locations when I need to get work done. The first idea has basically allowed me to get work done in the first place.
The other concept, though, was what actually got me to stop procrastinating. Having work spaces was a huge improvement. It allowed me to get started on work and to get it done, which I previously simply could not do. However, I'd still procrastinate quite a bit.
Then, I read a comment on reddit about "non-zero days." It had four steps. I've been following three:
Besides having non-zero days, the other two ideas that stuck with me were to be thankful to myself and to forgive myself.
I learned to thank my past self for things I did that are helping me right now, and I learned to do things right now so my future self will thank my current self. It sounds a little bit silly, but it worked for me.
I also learned to forgive myself. I think that was an important step, as well. Not to be a perfectionist, and to forgive myself for any mistakes I make.
Of course, there's also the idea of having "no more zero days," which are days where you get nothing done.
Initially, I tried having non-zero days. Some days were non-zero days, and other days were not. I learned to forgive my past self for not having non-zero days. Amazingly, this forgiving of myself actually helped to motivate me to do something for my future self by getting something started and done sooner rather than later. Read how I did it… 1 week ago
I’m going to call it. I’ve learned how not to procrastinate. I don’t know if I’ll continue not procrastinating in the future, but now I know the exhilarating, satisfying feeling I can get from doing something well and on time, and with plenty of time to spare before it is due. It’s just so much less stressful. I can’t even begin to describe how much less stressful it’s been. I also got so much more out of the assignments I did this quarter because I didn’t procrastinate. I really had time to work on them and think about them and learn from them. That’s why I’m in school, after all: to learn, and to learn to do science. If I’m just procrastinating on everything and cramming everything, I’m not really learning anything and I’m not gaining as much as I can. I just can’t extol enough this power and satisfaction of doing things more on time. I still technically procrastinated this quarter, but I didn’t wait until the last minute to do it, and that was enough to make a huge difference. 1 week ago
Todoist helps. I still stay indoors too much time, but I do tend to reach my goals. Slowly but surely. 1 week ago
This is actually so tough, especially when the task at hand is not straight forward and requires so much time. 2 weeks ago