Survival mode on – fighting procrastination

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Some days we might be too busy to work-out, too busy to write that blog post, too busy to write that journal page. Or we might be too lazy to do all those things. There’s nothing wrong with that and it happens to everyone at some point.

That day is today for me. I really didn’t know what to write today. I kept on postponing writing this week’s post for later. I finished eating lunch but my procrastination grew even more. Then I did my manicure and still no change. I had dinner and still nothing. I said to myself that it’s ok to write it tomorrow, but really now, all this postponing got on my nerves. Is it that difficult to write one post for the blog I want so much to see growing?

All I need in this kind of situations is to find a trigger that can make me start doing the job. I was watching my drama so peacefully, but subconsciously I was still thinking what I should choose as a trigger. This situation might seem funny to many of you, but it’s ok. Enjoy!

There was one moment in the drama I was watching where the atmosphere became so serious and that was the moment I decided to make my trigger. I suddenly paused the episode and I started writing like I was possessed.

While writing this post, I remembered something from the days I was stydying for my Master degree. It was the last session of exams and I had one more project to write to finish the year. I was working full-time, thus my energy finished around 3 to 4pm, meaning right after work or an hour before work.

After work I used to take a small break and then start researching and writing for my projects. However, the last project is always the most difficult to finish. I remember that it was quite late and I only had until morning to send the project. I had no ideas about what I should write anymore, no energy and no mood to write whatsoever. Guess what I did. I started watching Korean dramas. But I tried mixing it with the Pomodoro technique: I would watch 10 to 20 minutes from one episode, and then write and read for about half an hour. I did this until 1 or 2 in the morning, until I finished.

I was using the kitchen as a study room and cinema when my roommate came to check up on me. She thought I would die of fatigue, but instead I came up with a survival method. Later, when she had projects and couldn’t cope with the amount of work and projects, she would watch animes like me, in the Pomodoro style. This is how we survived that year.

Sometimes there might be things you feel you don’t want to do and you might keep on postponing until you can’t do it anymore. Don’t despair, find your own method to cope with it and to finish whatever you have to do.

I am curious, do you also have a survival technique that helps you fight procrastination?

I filled a jar with words

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They say that words carry power. Compliments are words, promises are words, criticism is mainly done through words. Words get the fastest to our heart and brain and we tend to believe what other people tell us.


Some days we might not find the right words to say how we feel, and other days we might use the wrong words and say things by impulse without meaning it. We rely on words more than on actions to tell them how we feel, and then we feel disappointed they don’t see our actions anymore, but they only pay attention to our words.

When using the right words, you can inspire, encourage and even change someone’s direction in life. If you tell them they will become successful, good people, they will believe you, and their actions will lead them there.

The same thing can be done towards ourselves. Why say mean things to ourselves, why criticize or look down on us, when we can give power to words to take us where we dream to arrive. Similar to visualization, this technique of convincing ourselves that we are wonderful and that we can achieve anything works wonders.

A few weeks ago I started to write words on pieces of paper and put them all together into a jar. I remembered how my university roommate received as a present a big jar filled with beautifully colored notes from her friends. The notes had written on them beautiful words or phrases that would inspire my roommate and put a smile on her face. And it worked. I saw her face brighten whenever she took out one of those colored notes. I thought it was unique and inspiring. After many years, it inspired me to fill my own jar with words that would help me grow and feel good.

The rules are simple. You take a jar and you fill it with pieces of paper on which you write whatever may inspire you to grow in the areas that interest you (health, self-development, self-care, new hobby etc), or nice words or quotes that can make you feel better or more positive. Then you take out one note everyday and try to follow that specific advice.

As I had a hard time lately seeing the little nice things that happen everyday, this technique became my top priority. I chose words and phrases like: smile, slow down, hope, take a walk, meditation, self-care, patience etc. By doing this I started to act more consciously, to be more grateful for what I have, to make more efforts for what I want to achieve, to be more positive, to feel better with myself and even to exercise more.

If I think about it more carefully, I actually wrote values and the things I want to learn and to practice more. I want to be more patient, to never lose hope, to love myself, and yes, I need to remind myself these things everyday. I need to practice everyday in order to make them a habit. And while it might look too technical for some, remember that words carry magical powers. Feed yourself with positive and nice words and you will become what you consume.

Thank you for listening my story today as well and I will see you around.

Today’s quote 1

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As it gets colder and colder everyday, the last warm days of autumn are even more precious and lovelier.

These days I’m so much into ASMR videos. The sound is soft and it helps me create a cozy atmosphere. I often listen to ASMR ambience while cooking, reading and even while writing. It helps me concentrate and I feel more relaxed and inspired at the same time.

Today, while listening to some ASMR ambience, I found a nice quote that suits my feelings about autumn and about these day’s weather: “Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – John H. Bryant (Indian Summer)