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Nuxa and Coco are probably just about the worst procrastinators on the face of the planet. Or best, if we’re making this a competition. It’s embarrassing to even describe the lengths we’ll go to to avoid doing something unpleasant. We even procrastinate doing things we actually like to do– this blog being the perfect example.

Because our awful habit of procrastination is so deeply entrenched, we tend to laugh off any attempts at self-improvement. Our families, friends and boyfriends are very well aware of how futile it is to try to shame, cajole, wheedle, or beg us to get a paper done or clean the house, and we do feel bad when our stalling results in less time with them.

So for our loved ones, and for our blog readers, we are going to try (try being the operative word) to get better about putting things off. When we really think about it, kicking our habit of procrastination is going to benefit ourselves more than anything.

With that, we give you (in no particular order)…

 

Coco and Nuxa’s Top Ten Tips for Avoiding Procrastination

 

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1. Start first thing in the morning:

If you wait until the afternoon or evening to do something unpleasant, you’ll end up ruining your entire day by dreading the task. If you start early, you’ll get it all over with and have a comfortable buffer zone of time before the deadline.

 

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2. Ask yourself why you’re resisting:

If you get to the bottom of your procrastination, it’s much easier to overcome it. If you do well, will more be expected of you? Do you use a limited time as an excuse for what you fear will be mediocre output? Is the task just not that important?

Once you’ve identified the source behind your reluctance, move past it. There are things to be done.

3. Coach yourself:

No one can force you to do something; that’s your responsibility. If you’re anything like us, you get defensive and stubborn if other people try to help you get on track. Pretend that you’re talking someone else into completing a task. What would you tell them?

Tell yourself what needs to be done in a way that you need to hear. Don’t beat yourself up, but be firm. You’ll know if you need to be coddled or kicked in the ass. 

Most importantly, be honest with yourself about your limits. If you really don’t have any energy left, give yourself a break. But if you know you can get more done, don’t let yourself sit in front of the TV.

 

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4. Motivate yourself:

A good coach doesn’t just yell at you to run faster or try harder; they also congratulate you when you’ve done a good job. Remember to give yourself props on a job well done, and encourage yourself to keep going til it’s all finished. Essentially we’re telling you to be your own cheerleader (pompoms optional– actually, pompoms discouraged).

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We’re both getting ready to move soon. Coco only has to move down the street. Nuxa has to move half her stuff to Coco’s new place and half her stuff to her parents’ house 3 hours away. Oh, and when she gets home– she has to help her parents pack for their move to the new family house.

Luckily for us (and you!), Coco is a military brat who has been watching her fabulous, uber-organized mom pack up everything they owned every three years since she was 6, and Nuxa, with her world travelling, is an equally savvy packer. We’ve consolidated all our wisdom into a handy Top Ten list for those of you who will be making a big (or little) move soon!

One thing you must know about us is that we’re procrastinators. Big time procrastinators. So the best part about this list is that it assumes you’re doing most of this packing a day or two before you move. This may not be possible with a big house and family, but for 20-somethings with smallish apartments, you may just squeak by.

Nuxa and Coco’s Top Ten Tips For Surviving Moving Day!

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1. Start with bite-sized tasks:

Moving your entire life can be incredibly daunting. When you have two days to be out of your apartment and you’re staring at everything you own, it’s tempting to throw up your hands and toss everything into garbage bags (here’s a hint from Nuxa’s mom: if an unsuspecting helper sees a garbage bag, odds are it’s going in the garbage).

Think about what you love best about your stuff. Do you drool over your shoes? Are your vintage cookie-cutters considered prized possessions? Do you look forward to picking out a DVD from the shelf every weekend? Find your passion and pack that stuff first. You’ll be able to ease yourself into the efficiency of packing by reminiscing about the things you love the most.

Once your collection of scented body wash has been lovingly put in boxes, you can move on to clothes, winter gear, kitchen appliances, knick-knacks, books and magazines, linens, etc– and before you know it, you’ll be done!

If you consider yourself an intermediate-level mover (meaning you’re pretty used to doing this sort of thing), do the opposite– start with papers you’ve been needing to throw out or food you’re not sure you want. It’s a little tougher to get motivated to do the icky things, though, so if you’re a beginner, do what you like first.

2. Purge:

A move is the perfect time to get rid of things you no longer need or want. Not only will this make your packing and moving endlessly easier, it can be therapeutic and is the ideal way to begin your foray into adulthood.

In high school, Coco’s friend Hez introduced her to a YA novel called The Gospel According to Larry. The main character, Josh, made it a personal rule never to exceed 75 possessions and publicized this mission to protest excessive consumerism. Now, we’re not expecting you to go that far (we each probably exceed that in books and shoes alone), but we do recommend you keep it in mind as you go through your things. Keep only the clothes you’ve worn in the last three months, the books you’re confident you will read again and again, the decorating accents you’ll use in your new place. Imagine the person you are today and will be in the future, and make sure every possession reflects that person.

And for those pesky things you never look at and probably don’t need, but feel unable to part with for whatever reason, do what Coco’s mom has her do– take a picture of the items in question, then put them in a separate box. If you don’t use the things in that box in a year (or less if you feel ready), sell them or give them away. With a photo, you’ll still retain the sentimental connection to the schoolbus-yellow shelf your friends made for your 16th birthday without actually having to keep it.

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