by Katie Yeaton
As an Academic Success Coach, I work with students on prioritizing, studying, time-management, and procrastination affordance skills. Especially with study week and finals a week away, procrastination has been the highlighted topic. “How do I stop procrastinating?” Most students ask me this question looking for a straight-forward answer. My response, “you never can stop procrastinating, but you can learn to tame it.”
If you have not seen Tim Urban’s TED talk, “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator”, indulge your procrastination side right now and watch it. You will meet a friendly, yet distracting monkey I like to call, Procrastination. The truth is we cannot completely avoid procrastination. We can plan and we can organize ourselves to the tenth power, but life can still get in the way. In order to tame Procrastination we must be honest with ourselves. Why are we searching Youtube for “Whose Line is it Anyway?” sketches? Why am I watching TED talk videos? We need a balance between work and leisure to be sane and happy. Study week and finals week bring out the best in our procrastination sides. When the stress increases we can retreat and protect ourselves, trying to block out this overwhelming feeling and stress of crossing the semester finish line, OR we can remind ourselves why we are here and to tame Procrastination and its friends.
So, this week I want to hear from all of you. What inspires and motivates you? With this semester and school year nearing the finish line, I want to hear what keeps you inspired and motivated to keep going.
Inspiration and motivation for me go hand-and-hand. This past week has been one of challenge and support for me personally, which is why I am so thankful and grateful to be where I am today. So here are a few quick shout-outs to some of my spiriters and motivators:
UNLV’s NRHH and RHA
UNLV ASC Coaching Spot
Tim Urban’s “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arj7oStGLkU&nohtml5=False