Earlier this week, I set some goals for this month, including:
- practicing my clarinet 5 out of 7 days every week
- finishing one painting
- posting on my blog at least twice a week about my progress
I had a few purposes for setting these goals, but my biggest reason for setting these goals was to help my mental health and keep myself busy.
So far, things are going well! Yesterday I painted and practiced, and got a few other things done too. But today… I feel like procrastinating.
I know that I’ll get around to practicing and painting before the day is over, but so far I have done only a few things, including catching Pokemon on Pokemon Go, using a face mask, and crocheting a coaster.
I’ve crocheted multiple coasters lately (usually while putting off another activity), and it has been pretty fun. One of the main ways that I procrastinate is by knitting or crocheting. You could call it “procrastiknitting”, I suppose.
When it comes to activities that can help better mental health, I find that procrastination is one of my worst enemies. For some reason, I often try to put off activities that will help me, even if they are activities I like. But there are some ways to put things off that are better than others.
I oftentimes procrastinate by simply watching videos on my phone or by going on social media. However, this has never left me feeling any better. Recently, I deactivated my social media in order to take a break, but I will still watch videos pretty often. Sometimes this is okay; there’s nothing wrong with watching a video or two while eating my dinner, but if I waste an entire afternoon on the couch with YouTube, I’ll probably find myself feeling pretty crummy later.
Procrastinating might never be a great thing, but there are ways to procrastinate more positively, and this can actually be helpful.
If you feel like procrastinating, try doing something active rather than passive. Put down the phone and find some way to create something, do something healthy, or treat yourself. These activities can help give you some active momentum. When you’re done, perhaps you’ll be able to do the thing you were putting off with less resistance from yourself.
Today I chose to procrastinate by making crafts and taking a walk outside while I caught Pokemon, and I definitely feel better and more motivated. Not a bad decision, at all. 🙂
What ways do you usually procrastinate? Are there better activities that you could choose?
What are the things in work or your personal life that you put off doing the most?