Life in the Fast Lane


Day 4: A Habit That I Wish I Didn't Have

By 7:26 AM , , , ,

It's relatively easy for me to hide behind the "I'm a creative person" excuse, just so I wouldn't have to call this a bad habit. But really, this is something I've struggled with my entire life.

It's called PROCRASTINATION. And, sadly, I've gotten good at it.

When I was still a student, I'd study for quizzes and exams if not the day before, then just hours before. I would rationalize and say that I work best under pressure (which is also true). If I studied in advance, then there wouldn't be much of a challenge for me.

Today, I still operate the same way. When I'm given a deadline (i.e. one week), I absorb what's needed to be done for around two days. On the third day, I start coming up with initial ideas. I fine-tune them on the fourth and fifth days. On the sixth day, I work with my art director to clean up everything. On the seventh day, I'm ready to present. In the meantime, my other officemates in Creatives start spewing out initial ideas minutes after being briefed.

Sometimes, when I still don't feel like stressing out, I do anything but work. I go on Facebook, check out people's tweets and if there's enough time (i.e. over lunch), I video-surf. Since I'm an early bird every morning, I usually have time to watch any of my shows.

I know that I should work on actually doing and not delaying, but I don't really know how to go about it. When I have a deadline to meet, I can still manage to allot time for every project and "idle" undertaking; yes, I'm talking about Facebook, Twitter, and the likes of YouTube. These so-called distractions actually help me focus when it's crunch time.

It's not a conventional method, I know, but it seems to work for me. Believe it or not.

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