The Pros And Cons Of Procrastinating

The Pros And Cons Of Procrastinating

Believe it or not, it's not all bad.

The only time I’ve ever gotten something done well before the due date was my own birth. (Shoutout to being a twin because that usually means you're ready to enter the world much earlier than planned). Ever since then, though, I’ve been waiting until the very last minute to get anything of importance done. Like this article for example, every Monday I say to myself; today I will start brainstorming for next week's article. Every Monday comes and goes, and by Friday, I’m frantically trying to piece together some semblance of good content. So, this week, my procrastination habits are, for once, helping me out.

Since I procrastinate so much, I end up waiting around. A lot. This might not be the worst thing, but in reality, it wastes so much time. With all the time I spend procrastinating and stressing about a deadline, I could have gotten so much work done. It’s a vicious cycle that I’m definitely trying to break, and I urge you to do the same. I’m told life is much less stressful that way. However, I feel like there are definitely some pros to leaving everything to the last minute, like getting ready, for example. If I allow myself too much time to get ready, I’ll end up doing too much with either my makeup or my clothes. By giving myself a good 15 minutes tops to get dressed, I make quick decisions and I’m not left standing in front of my closet hating myself for not having anything I like to wear. Thus, leaving me in a happier mood and ready to conquer whatever plans I have.

Giving myself too little time to get ready also comes in handy during the week. Being able to get dressed quickly means I can give myself as much time for sleeping as possible. Again, helping me get in a good mood. This quick thinking also comes in handy at restaurants. Anyone who has ever gone out to eat with me will know that I have to order last. I spend all the time leading up to ordering doing anything but looking at the menu. This way, when it’s my turn to order, I have to think fast. Ultimately, this always works better for me, because I’ll end up getting exactly what I’m really feeling. I mean yeah, I could plan on ordering a swanky salad or something, but my subconscious knows that I would much rather have anything else. I mean, really, I think this sort of quick thinking could get me pretty far, not going to lie. My procrastination is part of who I am, and even though I should probably get my act together I know myself. So, whether you get your work done in a timely fashion or you scramble down to the very last minute, you got this.

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Why I've Never Been On A Tinder Date

Tinder? I hardly know her.

I am a romantic but not just any romantic. I’m talking a twentieth-century, love letter-writing romantic. So often, my expectations of dating don’t align with the 2018 hookup culture. Currently, we are living in a time where humans have more interactions with their phones than actual people. Because of this, a new-age vestal for romance has emerged called online-dating.

There are multiple different websites and apps for online dating, but the one that started the trend is Tinder. If you don't know, Tinder is an app that shows you fellow users who are near your location. You are shown a bunch of people's profiles, then you swipe right if you are interested and left if you aren't. Simple right? That's the problem.

Tinder takes the spontaneity out of meeting someone. Don't get me wrong, I'm not here to bash on Tinder. I know a ton of people who have had pleasant dating experiences and even some who have had long-term relationships form from the app. It's just not for me.

I don't like that I am judging a book by its cover. I personally do not have the patience to scroll through each of the person's pictures, read their biography, and then decide if I'm going to swipe right on them. More often than not I'm going to quickly skim through the app and only swipe right on the people whom I immediately find attractive based on their profile picture. More than half the time I don't even read the person's biography.

Sound shallow? That's my point. This app reduces the fun of meeting someone into a mediocre task that's similar to online shoe shopping. It's reduced people to commodities.

I also don't have the guts. Amazingly, there have been a rare couple of people on the app that I've had genuine conversations with. Some of these people I talked to for a couple weeks, some just a day or so, but when they asked that pressing question, "So do you wanna meet up?" I'd panic and ended up ghosting them. Am I proud of this? No. But if you talk to someone long enough you build up an idea of what you want them to be, and actually meeting them destroys that idea. There is no way around that.

I guess I just long for the old-fashioned way of meeting someone. Getting to know them through conversation, not just through the bullet points on their bio. Being comfortable around them because you've already met them, not just their picture on a screen.

As a society, we live in the golden age of the consumer, where we know what we want and we want that thing now. But I don't mind waiting a little longer if that means I get to have a human interaction that isn't manufactured by a computer.

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An Open Letter To My New Sisters

Dear sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi...

Dear sisters,

I just joined your sorority. Well, I guess it's mine now too. It's a new thing, but at the same time, it's not. I got used to having a bunch of girls around all the time with my dance team. But this is different because now I'm the younger one. Between my dance team and my little sister, I was always the role model. It's strange that now I have someone to look up to.

I'm really glad to have you all, but I'm also nervous that I won't find the love that I see between all of you. I do know that right now, I'm having a lot of fun. I want to feel that same love that you all have for each other. It's so apparent how much you truly care about each other just from the few interactions between you I have seen in the few days I've been your sister.

The process of recruitment was so stressful, but you wonderful girls make it all worth it. I know we are going to grow into a big family and have each other's backs, always. I really think I am in the right place. It was a pretty easy choice, too. I know that God heard me praying that I end up where I should, and I think He answered me when I got a bid from Alpha O.

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We don't all know each other yet, so here are a few things you should know about me. I stress out way too much. I work way too hard. I am always here for you when you need me. I am not very good at managing my time. I am a little shy at first, but oh just you wait until I get over that. I am silly. I like to be busy. I am loud. I love helping other people. I'm a little crazy. And I'm your sister.

I can't wait for all the memories that I will make with you all. You are all wonderful women, and I'm lucky to have the opportunity to get to know you and love you. You ladies are incredible, and I can't wait to see where this journey takes us!

Lots of love,

Your new sister

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