I am making this post based on a request by an anonymous user, but as soon as I heard the idea it really resonated with me. When you are a perfectionist, like I am, procrastination comes very easily. As soon as I have a single doubt about what I am doing, I stop and turn to something else, which leads to a lot of unfinished assignments and unnecessary stress. So in this post, I’m going to give you my best advice on how to avoid this very thing and get back to work!
Methods of Planning
You need to start by addressing how you are organizing you time and if it needs to change.
Daily study schedule: This is my least favourite, and in my opinion leads to the worst kind of overplanning. This is when you schedule out your time hour by hour, down to what time you will study, eat, workout, etc. I understand that this works for some people and if you find yourself to be very disorganized, it can work for you. However, I personally find (and I think many would agree) that it ends up giving me anxiety and guilt when I don’t do something exactly at the right time.
Weekly or monthly schedule: This is ideal for people who like to plan ahead a lot, but don’t want to be too constricted to an hourly schedule. This method involves writing down what you need to study each day, but not declaring a specific time that you need to have it done by. I really like to use this for exam periods or before a big test, so I know that all the topics are covered by a certain point.
Daily to-do list schedule: This works for a ton of people I know, including myself. It is low-key, but also allows you to know what you have to do and actually get it done. This is what most people use in a bullet journal, which is obviously a very successful technique! It blends together the planning of the daily schedule with the fluidity and low-stress of the monthly schedule. I highly recommend this if you tend to overplan!
Overall: You might need to re-evaluate the way that you organize your time and find something that is more productive. My personal favourite is the daily to-do list, but if you need more structure in your life, feel free to look at others.
One big thing that leads to procrastination is not being able to focus on the most important tasks that need to get done. If you put too much stuff on your to-do list or into your hourly schedule, it might actually end up taking away from more important tasks.
Learn to prioritize. List tasks in order of their importance when you are creating a to-do list or other type of schedule. You can use a numbering system, or colour code them if you need more help:
Red = Extremely important: Things that are due in the next day or two, studying for upcoming tests, steps in a process that needs to get done by the end of the week, bills that need to be paid, chores that have to get done before your home becomes a wreck.
Yellow = Pretty important: Things that are important to your schedule, but it wouldn’t be tragic if they got pushed off one more day. Re-writing or typing notes, writing out flashcards for a test a week away, working on an application or deadline that is still a while away, chores that aren’t going to affect you if they aren’t finished tonight.
Green = Filler stuff: Things that would be nice to get done, but aren’t urgent. Cleaning, organizing your desk, finishing a book or movie for pleasure, etc.
After you have organized yourself and prioritized tasks, you need to be able to focus on actually getting them done.
Set firm deadlines. A lot of times, this is easy because teachers or bosses set them for you. But if they don’t, learn to set your own deadlines and stick to them. Write them in your calendar and make note of them in the days leading up to it.
Make mini to-do lists for an assignment. If you have trouble following deadlines, or value to-do lists as much as me, breaking down assignments and large tasks into small pieces can be super beneficial. For example, if you have an essay due, create a checklist with the intro, body paragraphs, conclusion, editing, typing, and final draft all as separate tasks.
Find ideal study setting. A lot of people have trouble focusing on tasks when they get distracted easily. I find it really helpful if I’m in an environment that gets me in a studying mood! Going to the library or a quiet coffee shop really motivates me. Finding somewhere with few distractions, limitations on how much noise you can make, and being able to see other people being productive is the ideal way to focus yourself.
Avoid social media and TV. This goes hand in hand with #3… Being in front of the TV or the computer (when you aren’t actually using it) is super distracting! Go somewhere that doesn’t have these distractions.
Start with small tasks. Sometimes, tackling your to-do list is easier if you start by completing a few small tasks. When I’m not in the mood to study, I try to do some household chores and update my bullet journal to get the ball rolling.
Use the Pomodoro technique, or something similar. Use a Pomodoro timer or another type of scheduling to stay focused when studying and take breaks when needed. If you find that breaking it down minute by minute is too stressful, try setting goals like “as soon as I am done studying this chapter, I will get up and make a snack,” and stick to them!
can we get some in depth what jaehwan would be like as a bf?
hey anon bud, sorry about this reply being so late ;__;
I’m not too good at putting my thoughts into words so this might be very sucky. I also have this hate/love thing for jaehwan so if you’re here for sweet things about him umm… probably not the right bf jaehwan description. Also a disclaimer of sorts: this is all what I think and could (and might well be) 100% wrong so pls don’t come after me if this isn’t how you perceive him
Okay I think most people use bullet points for these things?
Jaehwan as your boyfriend
always annoys you about tiny things
fishes for compliments
never play the radio if you’re in the same car because he’ll try to out sing it every time.
if you say you like an artist/group he’ll cover their songs- not to please you, but because he wants to prove he’s better.
will sing to you but not to show you his love- will immediately ask “how great did I sound” or say “i sounded amazing didn’t I”
a practical guy so he would try to understand you, but would get impatient if he thinks you’re being too irrational
would laze around so you’d really have to be on his case about chores/etc.
if he was a cat he’d be the type to bring his owner dead things to show his gratitude
gives good intentioned advice but it isn’t usually the best
doesn’t like it when you’re petty but he gets petty, too.
has his moments of being really sweet but they’re not an everyday thing rip.
“hey can you film me covering this song”
“make sure to get my good side…. every side is my good side”
tries to be smooth- is instead very cheesy.
can be kind of a jerk but he doesn’t do it out of malice
sends you selfies all the time
calls himself the cute one in the relationship
“hey listen to this high note”
either doesn’t laugh or laughs hysterically- where is the in between?
makes terrible jokes and laughs at them all.
would take you out to eat and in the middle of stuffing his face would confess.
you: “sorry, what??”
him: “no you heard right”
would assume you already liked him. no shame.
if you make a bad joke he calls you out on it and never lets it go
never lets you live anything down tbh
buys you terrible gifts so you do the same.
“hey take some pictures of me modeling these jeans”
makes terrible fashion choices but still thinks he’s the best looking guy on earth
would screech so loud at a cockroach.
him: “KILL IT”
you: “umm sweaty, it’s just a bug”
imitates you a lot. does it even more if you say you hate it.
“hey let’s see how many shots I can drink before I pass out”
doesn’t like pda in public unless he’s doing it to purposely get you annoyed,
“hey can you measure the distance I can throw my shoe”
breaks a window at some point
“hey can you cook me something”
can be v. passive aggressive.
calls you cute things ironically to embarrass you:
“hello my reason for living you are so beautiful my shining star baby angle my day one.. toots ..“
likes to drink with his friends and wouldn’t like it if you tried to limit that
he would be so annoying when sick. always exaggerating and taking lots of joy in you taking care of him.
if you ever get mad he’d try to resort to being cute and cuddly but as soon as you’re not mad he would go back to being his regular self.
“hey do you think I can sing this girl group song in the original key”
you: “yeah i believe you”
him: “OK FINE I WILL SHOW YOU GOD STOP ASKING”
you: “no it’s fine, I’ve heard you sing”
but he’s already singing.
likes to get things done quickly so he has time to do other things.
going on dates are hit or miss.
a hit if you go out to eat
a miss if you try to go on a cute date at the park
“hey you know what they say about guys with big feet”
sometimes takes a joke too far and can be hurtful so you gotta put him in his place.
puns, puns everywhere, all the time.
one day when you’re watching movies, he’ll cry over a studio ghibli one but he will deny it hardcore. what are emotions? he doesn’t know anyone named Emotions.
“hey I’m out of chocolate milk can you go buy some”
tries to empathize but ends up making it about himself instead.
him: “yeah I know this is hard for you, but I was an individual trainee and I still made it”
he means well, though. :’)
never lets you forget he made it into wanna one.
always brags about his fansites.
when he has his moments of being sweet you always think he’s just messing with you.
tried to make a romantic anniversary dinner, cooks churros instead.
when it comes down to it, he would probably step up and be a caring boyfriend but don’t expect it 24/7
he loves you despite your flaws and you sort of love him despite his, too… sort of.
One of the things I’ve found most frustrating about using the bullet journal so far is how difficult it is to make flexible plans for a few days ahead. There’s probably a solution out there, but my current method is post-its. This is my to-do list today (Friday), with projected (hopeful) to-do lists for the weekend. This way I can see what I’m hoping to get done, but move stuff around in response to whatever ends up happening.
Anyone got any other tips for this? I’m always up to try a new thing.
So, over on Twitter, @caphairdadbeard, @ohvienna, @isjustprogress, and I have been discussing ~*~bullet journals~*~ and how we use ours, so I thought I would take a page from Sarah’s book and do a little walk-through for mine.
1) I make a list every day (usually the night before but sometimes at my desk when I first get to work) of everything I have to do, starting with the stuff I didn’t do the day before and then going through other stuff I know is on the list. If I know there’s not much to do (like this week), I’ll divide each page into multiple days. If I’m not sure, I tend to give each day a whole page. I use washi tape to divide days. It is the only fancy thing I do in this journal because I am not fancy.
This is the bread and butter of this tool for me. I have a very short attention span and a SHIT memory. I am not good at forward planning–I need to focus more on what’s right in front of me, so these daily lists are SO helpful.
2) I sometimes make lists/informational pages mid-month, esp for things I’ll want to know in the future (ie: The Halloween party breakdown pictured–I’ll want to look back at this next Halloween).
3) and 4) I do a block calendar and an overview of stuff I know is coming up. I try to look at these every day when making my daily lists, but I am not always successful at remembering.
5) Calendars for the next nine months, helpful for both writing out each month’s calendar and seeing future dates at a glance.
6) A failed experiment–I was going to track my reading and writing goals. In like, two weeks I forgot about these graphs and had to fill in days at a time from memory and finally just gave up. Good lesson on what works for me and what doesn’t. I might start putting a sticker on each day I complete my reading/writing goals.
7) and 8) Index and Key - I don’t index everything obsessively, just broadly at the start of the month. My symbols developed organically over time, so I had to go back and adjust the key slightly.
To me, the most useful thing about the bullet journal has been having EVERYTHING together. Work 2dos, personal 2dos, random notes (there’s at least one bullet about an idea I had for a WiP above), lists, notes. I just write everything there and it’s all there when I need it. I don’t do anything in advance–I number each page and each day on that day and write out every list item over again, even if it’s carrying over. Like I said, I have a really bad memory (anecdote: on Saturday I made myself dinner and then placed it in such a position that it was blocked from view by my laptop. I did not eat dinner that night.), so the repetition and constant re-writing keeps me on top of things.
idk, I think its usefulness is different for everyone, but this is the longest I’ve ever stuck with an organizational method and it’s def working for me so far.