One day we will be more creative, more productive and yet more relaxed.
It has been many days since I have been procrastinating an assignment. Even though the deadline passed, I could not get myself ready to work on it. I knew that if I wouldn’t do it, I would end up being dropped out from the course. That’s how bad my anxiety is, sometimes.
I applied a technique today to push myself to work because I don’t want to be a drop-out student. This marvelous technique is Pomodoro technique. Let me state it in simple words with a personal example: I set up a timer for 25 minutes. Put my phone on silent and started working on the assignment. I didn’t check my phone in the meantime though the whole world was active on WhatsApp at that time. After 25 minutes my phone rang. This was the time for a short break. But I was not tired at all. I was happy that this made me do what I have been procrastinating since many days. In order to give myself a reward, I allowed myself to open WhatsApp and check the messages. After a few seconds I closed it. It seemed like the people are also engaged in some better work now. Then I thought maybe it was me who brought a storm on WhatsApp. When I went into hibernation, everybody calmed down. So I again set up a timer and worked straight for another 25 minutes with no interruption or distraction at all. I repeated the process until my assignment was complete. In the short breaks, I drank water, ate chocolate and breathed for a while.
This experiment was not difficult at all. I actually enjoyed doing it. After all, what’s better than a completed assignment? It boosted my abilities and I worked more in less time. Otherwise, it might have taken me more time to do the same job.
The success of this experiment demands that it should be done repeatedly. So next time, when I will be having a hard time with my reading and phone, I will set up a timer and will read for a good amount of time.