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So there’s this thing that I do. I don’t know if it’s just me or if there more like me out there.
I am not a hoarder, but I tend to save things for savoring them properly, and then promptly forget about them altogether. I am talking about the “I don’t want this to end” feeling.
It dawned on me recently that I have been doing it since forever.
There are literally 14 movies in “watch next” tracker that been parked away, never to be seen. It took a lot of convincing from my co-worker for me to actually finish Serial’s first season. Not because it is blah, but precisely because it is so good!
I have been saving up books, TV shows, blog posts from my favorite bloggers (shout out to WaitButWhy)
Often I do it without even realizing. So it got me thinking, why do I subconsciously make these decisions?
It’s not because of a lack of motivation (sometimes I purposefully distract myself from finishing projects), or laziness (I usually end up finding something different to work on), or even being too busy (heh, I am not going to stop watching Netflix on binging another podcast anytime soon).
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Turns out I am not the only one
According to the research conducted by Joseph Ferrari, professor of psychology at Chicago’s DePaul University, nearly a quarter of adults around the globe are chronic procrastinators. He’s seen this problem surface in people of all sorts of backgrounds. His take on the matter? It’s not about time management but personal management.
Not wanting to put an end to the fun is all too common.
The prospect of finishing a fun and engaging challenge, task or in my case, a podcast of all things, can be disappointing.
Honestly, there’s no magic trick that will change your personality overnight. Here’s what I have been doing:
Become aware of your habits: If reading this made you go this is totally me, then make a conscious effort to catch yourself in the act next time. Instead of putting it off, work on changing your perspective. There’s so much awesome out here in this incredible world of ours that you are bound to find something exciting soon.
I am off to finally get caught up Vsauce’s last three videos. Dig out your Vsauce and get cracking.
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