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Spotting Your Procrastination Symptoms

For as far back as I can remember in my student life, I have always felt squeamish at the thought of sitting down to study. I can bet that the majority of students can relate with it when I mention vague headaches, words going out of focus, random hunger and dizziness as symptoms of the thought of having to study. The more I pushed my brain into this painful activity, the more diverse symptoms my body would churn out. Some of the strangest being tingling of finger tips, sudden aversion for paper and an illogically frequent need to urinate!

Procrastination or putting off work is the biggest hurdle a student can faces. Often, we don’t know that we are procrastinating. The techniques our minds adopt to procrastinate are different at different times.

If I find out that a particular discomfort that I am feeling is only procrastination and I fight it, and sometimes I succeed. But when I sit down to study the next day, it would be a different, unrelated kind of discomfort, physical or mental. Here is a list of such common discomforts. They may seem like innocent troubles, but in reality they are cunning ploys of your mind to make you put off work. Beware!

Physical Discomfort

1. Headaches: Heed it the first time and go to the doctor. If the doc says you are fine, you are fine. Don’t let it cheat you again.

2. Random muscle cramps: Different muscles of the body seem to ache and when you get away from the study table, you are magically cured. I’ve had a friend to whom this happens almost every time she sits down to study.

3. Abnormal hunger: This is probably the most common symptom of all. A simple solution to this would be to keep a bowl of nuts next to you and munch on one every time your pseudo hunger tries to fool you.

There are definitely many more such physical hoax-discomforts. But I’m sure you get the general idea, so lets move on.

Mental or Emotional Discomfort

1. Graphic recalling of emotionally taxing incidents: That argument that you had with your classmate last month where she outsmarted you and you were humiliated in front of your class, remember? You will be able to come up with a hundred comebacks to put your friend in her place, always when you sit down to study.

2. Philosophical procrastination: This is the heights of the mind’s cunning. You start questioning the fundamental meaning of education and life itself and be pained by the pointlessness of the kind of things you are required to study. This may well be true, but not if your ‘philosophy’ is aimed simply at cushioning your laziness and putting off work.

There’s no end to what reasons you may create in your mind to put off studying, or any work for that matter. 

It is not about marks, grades or you being a good student at all. It is about you winning over your laziness, your will’s victory over your urges that are pulling you down. This is about your commitment to your growth as a stronger person!

A good first step would be to practice being aware of your mind’s attempts at fooling you. Remember that you really are comfortable and stay committed to what you have planned to do for the next few hours.

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