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Pseudo Productive Procrastination

Pseudo Productive Procrastination

What might these 3 words have in common?

Aside from their first letter being P, it's a very accurate description of my behaviour often times. Breaking it down: pseudo - kinda, not really  - productive - somewhat useful - procrastination - I should be doing something else.

I hope I'm not the only struggling to be productive and not procrastinate or just plainly waste time. I would have thought it gets better or easier with time and trying over and over... it kind of does but sometimes I try my best to fight it but I can't find the strength, can't flex my discipline muscles hard enough.

With that in mind I've realised that I should at least find something to gain in the moments I'm not doing what I'm supposed to. Which meant curating the content I'm consuming while wasting time. Yes, I unfollowed all the meme pages, you have friends to send the best ones, not missing out on anything.

A few examples:

  • Medium, it's great, especially when replaced with the impulsive Facebook checks
  • other people's blogs - I recommend yegor256.com for software and tech world
  • Quora
  • quality Youtube channels - I still have mixed feelings about Youtube because it's way too easy to get sucked into the abyss and end up 4 hours later on some weird 4chan greentext compilation that makes you feel like you've lost a part of yourself and you can't get it back. I digress.
  • Lastly, a great form of content, Podcasts, even for times of great productivity, provided that activity doesn't require too much brain power, like walking somewhere, doing chores, driving.

I can say this has had a major positive impact on my life and even contributed to reducing these times of indulgence and self-sabotage. I never thought that proper "brain food" would make this big of a difference. Finding ideas, insights from other people, career advice, getting inspired or motivated, new tech, learn.

Thinking about it, it's a pretty obvious and simple solution, the novelty being the addiction of consuming content that often takes over. The better option would be to read actual books or go out, reconnect to nature and I agree, my excuse being that doing these things, making them a regular habit requires an amount of energy and determination that often isn't there since I ended up on a slight downward spiral of acting irresponsible with my time.

Pseudo Productive Procrastination is for me the least amount of effort to change my bad habits with the highest positive returns.