Getting Ahead

(It’s kind of sad that I feel like I have to ask everyone not to steal my photos in every blog post, isn’t it? But you never know who will come across them and not know that I took them myself and don’t want them taken. Sorry if I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but I’m not going to quit asking.)

When was the last time you felt on top of things?

I’m guessing it’s been a while.

Take your triumphs where you can. I am taking mine in that this is the third blog post I’ve written in one day! Woohoo!

Why am I ahead of things today? Well, I may be getting my wisdom teeth out on Wednesday, so I’m trying to get as many of these done as I can as quickly as I can. I have no idea how long I’ll be out of commission, and school’s starting back up soon, so I’d like to continue my streak of posts every day as long as I can. I’ll probably slow down once school starts back up, but I promise to post as often as I can. Once I figure out how things are going, I’ll figure out a schedule for what I want to do here.

But for now, please be content with my posts showing up at 12:30 PM (Central time) every day.

So what does it feel like to be a few posts ahead of myself? It feels pretty darn good. I feel motivated to get more stuff done–stuff that I normally can’t motivate myself to do. That’s a nice feeling. I hope it lasts for a couple of days because I really need more time.

What can you do to get ahead? Sometimes, all it takes is just wanting to do it. I had the urge to work on the blog today, so that is what I did. Most of the time, it’s a lot harder than that.

Setting up a schedule for yourself doesn’t always work. Setting up a system of rewards doesn’t always work. Setting up a system of punishments … pretty much never works.

Sometimes, no matter how many times you tell yourself the consequences of not finishing, it’s just impossible to get up to speed. This is where procrastination comes from.

It’s probably because you’re worried about how well you’ll do. Say this out loud: “I can do it, and I can do it well!”

Feel better?

Sometimes, you just have to put faith in yourself and believe you can do it well. And even if you don’t have the confidence in yourself, just do it anyway.

It’s hard. You don’t have to tell me that.

Being worried about the quality of your work can be paralyzing.

I’ve felt that way enough times to say it with confidence.

So what can you do to prevent that? You just have to deal with it and move on. Get a friend or family member to tell you that you can do it. There’s not a lot I can say that helps. You have to find what works for you. Remember how well you’ve done on similar projects, and remind yourself that if you can do well on those, then you certainly can manage this newest one, whatever it may be.

Get enthusiastic about it! Make it fun. Make it a game. Read an article on your favorite website for every page you finish (This one can work really well, for some reason. I often find myself waiting until I’m almost done to reward myself). Make yourself want to learn and do the research you have to do. Whatever it is that makes things interesting, add it to what you’re doing. If you like music, then incorporate music into whatever you’re working on. It’s up to you to find what makes projects and papers bearable.

Your assignment: Come up with a way to get more motivated to get ahead on things. Write at least double what you normally write (If you write nothing every day, then try for at least 100-200 words).

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