Quit Procrastinating: Why Deadlines Will Help You Become a Better Adult

           Here’s one of the greatest “secrets” of successful adults: they start with small goals. My friends can tell you that I have turned procrastination into an art form. I have mastered the fifteen-hour Literature Senior Seminar final research paper (receiving an A, I must brag), the two hour packing before going on a trip, even procrastinating to the point of starvation because I didn’t want to cook. So yes, if life was just about regurgitating old information, catching a plane on time, or not starving to death then I would probably manage. But developing yourself in your twenties isn’t about just meeting the bottom line; it’s about excelling in preparation for the life you want. 

So why am I, of all people, writing about the dangers of procrastination? It’s because I am the perfect example of what not to do. I can also give you a first hand account of the struggle to do better. Change is not an easy thing, and this blog is the very proof that I’m trying to do just that. 

Now here’s where the deadlines come in. Remember that list you made of your priorities right now? (OK, maybe you didn’t. But maybe you should.) Well it’s time to set some deadlines. Nothing more than you can chew. In fact, maybe even something that only takes fifteen minutes a day. I have an app on my phone called “Habit List,” and everyday there’s a little checklist of daily habits I want to develop. For Example:

 

Make My Bed Every Morning

Set Clothes out the Night Before

Meditate for 15 minutes

Practice Writing for 30 Minutes

 

It doesn’t look groundbreaking, but you would be amazed at what you can accomplish when you become addicted to crossing off those little tasks and want to do more. It leads to a much more productive day, and less Netflix marathons. A great blog that inspired me to keep up my daily goals is thewritepractice.com. It’s a blog that gives 15-minute writing prompts to exercise “intentional practice.” If you miss a day or only manage a few minutes that’s OK! Just don’t let that become the habit you develop. Be a little forgiving with yourself. Sometimes you have to fall on your butt to learn the best way to stand. What long-term goals do you have? Think of a 15-minute daily task that could help you on your way!

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