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Procrastination

Submitted by Kyle Alley on Fri, 06/12/2015 - 22:15

It all started with a simple and harmless thought, "That is boring, I can do that later". If I only knew back then what it would turn me into. Now I'm a recovering procrastinator.

v. pro·cras·ti·nat·ed, pro·cras·ti·nat·ing, pro·cras·ti·nates
v.intr.
To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
v.tr.
To postpone or delay needlessly.

The best post to start off my website would have to be one about why it took me so long to get started. It was 14 years ago my interest for web development started, I would download php scripts and look at the source code and try to figure out how it worked. After a few years of reading tutorials and modifying scripts, I helped my step dad to start an online store and a few websites. This was the peak of my interest in web development and programming in general.

Suddenly I found so many other interesting things to do, but my step dad occasionally needed help with the store or his other websites. I'll look at it some time during the day I told him. Suddenly it was night time and I had to sleep so I just said to myself, I'll look into those websites tomorrow. The next day came and what did I do? I just continued on my other interests, they were more fun so I just wanted to start my day off with what I like best. I could always fix those websites an hour later, which became 3 hours, which became the next day.

When I finally got the websites fixed it could have gone a few days and to fix them took me only 15 - 20 minutes. I knew beforehand it would be a quick fix, but my interest in programming was so low and my other interests was so much fun. This went on and I started doing it with everything I found boring. My dishes would pile up, meh.. I'm just gonna play some games first or I'm just gonna try and make some music first whatever was more fun to do I would do first.

Back to this website, I started thinking about it 3 or 4 years ago. I would go through it in my mind, I'll have some content about this and I'll design it like that. Yes, that would be a good website, but before I start working on it I'll just do this first.

Here I am a few years later and I got the website up and running although very different than what I planned it to be. What changed, how did I finally start to get stuff done and stop being a procrastinator? Baby steps, it's all about baby steps. I tried so many times to stop procrastinating by doing to much at once and that almost made it worse. I go in to my kitchen atleast 5 times a day, I thought what if I just wash a little of my dishes everytime I go to the kitchen. By doing this a little at a time I started to do more "boring" stuff. I still procrastinate, but not as much as I used to. If you start to procrastinate, STOP immediately, it will only get worse over the years. If you already procrastinate alot, then start doing what needs to be done in baby steps and eventually you'll see yourself doing what is needed more and more. In the end I always come back to wanting to really learn programming and realize that by now I could have had 10+ years experience of it had I not stopped because it got a little boring compared to something else.