The Pros And Cons Of Procrastinating

The Pros And Cons Of Procrastinating

Believe it or not, it's not all bad.
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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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10 Gifts Every Girl Who's Trying To Adult Should Add To Their Christmas List This Year

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Here are some great gift ideas for the girl who is starting her life as an adult! These are just some basic essentials that can help you at least fake it 'till you make it!

1. A crock pot

There are going to be many days where you just want to make an easy meal an then come home from a long day and have it all cooked and ready. A crock pot is perfect for this and you can even make amazing desserts. Crockpots are typically on a super sale on Black Friday so be on the lookout for that.

2. A nice knife

There is nothing more aggravating then wanting to cook a nice meal for your self and getting hand cramps every other second because your Walmart knives can't cut through a piece of chicken. Although sometimes a nice knife or knife set can be expensive, it will be a great investment because you won't need to buy a new knife every year.

3. A pair of rain boots

There is nothing worse than waking up on a rainy day knowing you are about to be soaked when you walk outside. Whether its Hunter boots, Sperrys, Duck Boots or just Target rain boots get to wear out in the rain besides Vans. There is nothing worse than walking around in wet shoes all day.

4. A reliable computer

Although this is a more expensive gift, having a reliable computer is extremely important! If you can't rely on your computer you won't be able to get your work or school work done and you could lose important documents and it will cause a lot of extra

5. An e-reader

The older you get, the more important it becomes to read. There is so much knowledge that is to be gained from reading and why not try to absorb all the knowledge that you can while you're young! There are also a lot of books out there on how to adult which are usually hilarious but still provide a lot of help. If you are looking at a Kindle, Amazon usually releases pretty good deals on their products for the holiday season.

6. A blender

Smoothies are such an easy and healthy snack/meal that you can make and if you get one of the smaller, personal blenders it makes your life so easy! Along with crock pots, blenders are also always on sale on Black Friday so be on the lookout for one you like and share it with your friends and family!

7. Business clothes

In the next few years of your life, you are bound to end up somewhere that you need to have business attire. Whether it is a presentation at school, an interview, or maybe even a headshot photo it is critical to have a nice outfit stowed away in your closet.

8. A quality portable charger

For those of us who are always on the go, it is really nice to have a portable charger, especially one that holds multiple charges. This is such an easy gift to ask for and they are always on sale at Christmas time. Once you get one you'll never go back to your dead phone days!

9. A reusable water bottle

Whether it is a Swell, Hydroflask, or just an insulated bottle off Amazon, a reusable water bottle is so crucial to everyday life! Hopefully, you want one to help save the environment but a nice water bottle could also keep your water cold all day long which is perfect for those of us who are always super busy.

10. Stocks.

This may sound like a silly present and although it is not something tangible that you can have Christmas morning, it is something your future self will thank you for. Instead of having a relative buy you a present you don't really need, you should have them invest some of their money into a stock for you. Then over the years, you can watch your money grow in the market and sell it whenever need be. If you're on the road to adulating you might as well start with investing in your future.

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If You're A Master Of Procrastination, Try Using These 6 Ideas To Make Your Study Time Productive

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We all know that college is full of distractions that always appear right when you need to be productive. From me to you, here are my top 6 tips on how to turn that procrastination into productivity!

1. ​Find a quiet space

If you ever want to get anything done, you must, and I mean must, get away from all distractions. That includes your bedroom! Your bed is your first enemy when it comes to getting work done. I have found that even being in the same room as my bed prevents me from focusing on anything but laying down.

Some people go to a study room in their house. Others go to the library or a bookstore. It's completely up to you where your quiet place is as long as you find it.

2. Step away from that phone

You will not be productive if your phone is buzzing every second and social media is just a fingerprint away--or a password away, for my Android users. If you cannot practice self-control and stay off your phone, turn it off and put it in your bag.

3. Organization is key.

To-do lists are always a good start to getting things done. Planning out what needs to get done based on deadlines, priority, and amount of work, make for a smooth study time.

Time management is another tool that helps when you start to feel overwhelmed or just having a brain fart. Not everyone can work consistently for hours on end. Give yourself some time to breathe and for the juices to flow!

Use your break time to check your phone, watch a show, do some laundry, etc. Anything that can give you a nice little break from all the thinking. Though the key to breaks is, you have to end it and get back to the work!

4. Music

This one might change depending on the person, but personally, music is my gateway to productivity. There have been times where I am on the verge of quitting when I realize, I have no music on.

Some might prefer to play soft classical music that will calm them and get their creative juices flowing. Others, such as myself, prefer to play Beyonce' and scream the lyrics at the top of our lungs. Either way, music is known to activate both the left and the right side of the brain, which leads to ultimate brain activity.

5. Snacks

Nourishment is vital to proper brain activity. If you haven't eaten and you're wondering why you can't focus or feel tired, you most likely need to eat. So before you sit down and try to push through those stressful assignments, make yourself some brain food.

On the other hand, snacks can serve as comfort food. If you're feeling down about all the work you have waited last minute to complete, comfort food is to the rescue!

6. Candles

Personally, I love a mood-setter. Sometimes setting up the room in a calming manner can help you think. Set up your favorite candles, dim the lights, and let them work their smell-good magic.

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