Happy New Year to all!

As usual, I spent the Christmas holidays with my sister in Southern Wisconsin and I have to admit that it was strange to ring in the New Year without any snow on the ground, almost as weird as celebrating Christmas without snow. It was pushed out of my mind, however, as we went hunting and played game after game. Pool, air hockey, Wii, and cards filled my new year’s night and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We brought in the New Year with laughter, fun, and memories to keep.

The New Year is a strange time. It’s a time when I have to stop and think about the date that I’m writing down, but also a time when many people plan to change or have a new year’s resolution. I have never quite understood why the New Year is such a huge time to change. I mean we can change our ways, our habits anytime we want to, but the New Year just seems like such a good time to do it.

I don’t know what it is about the New Year that inspires many of us to change something, but it seems to work every year. I too fall into this category of wanting to change when the New Year comes around. This year, I have decided that I need to keep updated on my social media and blog posts more often. I am an extreme procrastinator sometimes and these things often fall victim to that and I fall behind.

In order to create this change that I want to see, I have been working on a schedule for myself to stay on track. Social media posts only take a few minutes, but I often just pushed them off though laptops are so nicely designed, though a job as a laptop designer doesn’t appeal to me at all. Now I am trying to think ahead about what I want to post and writing it down. Then it will be that much faster for me to post and keep myself updated. As for my blogs, I began to keep a running list of topics that I can write about so that I will be more willing to sit down and write.

The resolutions we make for ourselves don’t have to be big and elaborate but can be small and simple. I’ve learned a lot from Oprah and how she convinces women (and apparently me as well) to gain some self-confidence quickly so my resolutions, I guess, are set!  I think the key to accomplishing our resolutions is having a plan of attack. Having a plan of attack will help keep it in the front of our minds and help keep us motivated to succeed.

I still don’t know why the New Year makes us want to change, but it is as good of a time as any. I may even want to become a nurse! Anyway, I wish everyone luck with the resolutions you have set for yourself. I know that they may be difficult, but they aren’t impossible. Set up your plan of attack and go do it! I’ll be back in Florida soon and I’m looking forward to being in my great Sunshine State again!

Conquer Procrastination!

Oh, the semester change… one of the craziest times of any school year. Preparing for finals, battling the winter cold, review after review, extra-curriculars still going strong, and changing our daily schedule are just a few of the big things happening. I think a lot about my future and how far I maybe want to go with my study. Maybe go for a Master’s degree (or even further) or find a job after earning my Bachelors?

Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when finding motivation is a difficult task for me and many others. We all have those days when we just don’t feel like doing anything. We would rather just hang out and do something that doesn’t actually accomplish anything. I always know that I have things to get done, whether it’s studying, a project, or cleaning my room, but I just don’t want to so I find myself doing mindless tasks or watching TV. I guess that an online study course wouldn’t be my thing as well as that requires some real self-independence!

I used to constantly battle with myself to get these things done on the lazy days. A lot of times I would wait until the very last minute to get something finished. I always knew what would happen, but I couldn’t find the motivation to avoid it, so I would let myself slide into stress mode. Stress mode is when I wait so long to get something done, that now I’m rushing to get it done and don’t worry anything else.

I like to think of stress mode as a horrible side effect of procrastination and procrastination is a dangerous thing to start. I think I just ignored the warning label that says “Warning: procrastination is highly addictive!!” I have become a notorious procrastinator, but I am learning how to conquer it. This is very well needed, as I still have to get my college degree and then find a good job (or maybe study longer, who knows…).

On those lazy days, when I don’t feel like doing anything, I am learning to set in place a reward system for myself. It helps motivate me to get some things done so that I can do fun things or those mindless tasks later. For example, if I go through all of my emails and write one blog, I can watch one episode of something on TV. After that one episode, however, it’s back to work until I get another thing checked off the list. This system really works great for me. It helps me get things done, while still enjoying those lazy day events.

I know that the semester change is crazy and things can get a little tough. If you find yourself suffering from a lack of motivation, try the reward system. Sounds kind of cheesy, but it truly works for me. I have become less of a procrastinator because of it and it really works on those not so motivating days. But I know one thing for sure; I want to beat procrastination and go, at least, for my Bachelor’s degree and beat the competition.

Good luck to everyone who is experiencing the semester change and getting into the swing of new things. Don’t let procrastination get the best of you! You can do it! I know it and you know it!