PROCRASTINATION ISN'T COOL. IT'S JUST BEING LAZY.

by - 9/26/2017



Inspired by the fact that I'm writing this the night before it goes up and that just seemed appropriate. (Don't write your blog posts the night before, folks. I'm getting better at not doing it but it's still a very bad habit.)

In the strongest terms possible: 

I really dislike internet culture.

Which you've probably picked up if you've read any of this blog before, like when I talked about the trend of putting down your own work, or about being comfortable with your mental illness, or about our need for internet validation. I love social media/the interwebs to death (90% of my best of friends come from here!!) and I'm glad it exists, but I'm not a fan of the culture we create on here, and I do think there's real danger to getting sucked into it -- all the things I've written about before, and most other internet problems, I think, come from the bad habit we have of romanticizing unhealthy behavior rather than self-improvement.

Let's talk about procrastination.
DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS DO NOT LISTEN TO IT DO NOT LISTEN DO NOT LISTEN DO NOT
I would show you an example of all the billions of things that pop up when you search "procrastination" on pinterest/twitter/tumblr/anywhere but you probably don't need me to, because we're surrounded by it. There's a whole culture of pizza-in-sweatpants and "oops I didn't do anything all day hahaha" and getting sucked into the void of pinterest instead of doing productive things. (We've all been there.) Now, there is such a thing as funny memes/jokes, and I find all the relatable procrastination things hilarious too!! They're true. I've been there. I, too, have looked up from Netflix only to realize that it's been all day. The problem is not the amusingness of the memes. 

The problem is the fact that this is normal. Everyday. It's not just relatable, it's that thing we always do, and apparently, we're okay with that. We laugh and shrug it off or fall into the trap of "hahaha I'm trash :')"

Maybe, just maybe, procrastination and binge-watching shows every day shouldn't be normal. 

Maybe, waiting until the last possible second to half-attempt assignments isn't good

Maybe it's not cool to stay inside ALL THE TIME ALWAYS IN SWEATPANTS instead of getting out and exercising or -- *gasp* -- talking to people. 

Maybe, you're not just doing you. 

Maybe you're being lazy
no, my sweatpants-loving self doesn't love this either.
As usual, this is more of a call-out post to myself than anyone else, really, a thought that comes from my own personal #struggles. I'm much better at it now. I'm much healthier and happier now. I get more things done now. Because I kinda sorta got up and did things.

We do this weird thing where we drown ourselves in unhealthy behaviors and become content in it and laugh at it, and then also post more relatable memes about how much we then hate ourselves and how garbage we are. I know it's hard to get up and do things and make an effort and change ourselves, but why are we so averse to it? Why is it too much to ask that instead of being content in our suckiness we try to be better functioning humans? It's really the same concept as mental health -- I've been anxious, I've been depressed (I still am) and I've felt the need to destroy myself and do nothing all day. Those feelings and wants were valid, but I felt a lot better when I took the effort I could and actually got up to try to do something proactive about it, y'know? 

I didn't decide to get myself together one day and then just...stop procrastinating. It's taking a while. But when I got up and put in a minimal amount of effort, I felt better. I got better! It got easier to write things without waiting until the last minute! I ate stuff that wasn't microwave oatmeal! It was fantastic! I feel semi-productive sometimes and I love the feeling! More and more I realize that I spent a lot of time trapped in this culture of rebelling against any kind of effort to improve yourself and all of that time I spent there a little bit ruined me. I laughed at my garbage self, but it wasn't cool. It wasn't awesome. The levels I went to to avoid doing stuff weren't admirable, they were...kinda pathetic. 

Because procrastination and laziness and not trying aren't cool. 

Not caring isn't cool. 

Being apathetic isn't cool

It's mostly just dumb. 

So, Aimee-who's-reading-this-whenever-you're-reading-this, please remember to try. Remember to care. Remember to do stuff sometimes. Remember that it's so much better to work towards what you want instead of complaining that you're not there. Remember that funny procrastination memes on Pinterest are humorous but they're not a goal for your life. 

Remember that it's cool to get up off your butt and get things done sometimes. 

Because, in the end, you're not cool. You're just lazy. 

- Aimee

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29 Comments

  1. This was a good thing for me to read today because I have to write an essay tonight after avoiding it for days and I've already started falling into the lazy garbage acceptance pit despite vowing to not waste my life this semester. It's worth mentioning that procrastination/laziness/accomplishing nothing can really screw you/your life up after a while. You can fool yourself into thinking its fine for a time, but you can't hide from the crushing feeling of failure you get when you look back at your week, month, or year and see how much time you've wasted. Anyway, bless this post, thank you so much, etc. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Yeah, it's not good for you in all kinds of ways, and it'll take its toll on your mental health in ways that you might not notice until it's too late.

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  2. *is very pleased with this necessary slap in the face* Procrastination is my enemy and often times I let it win. Thanks for giving me the smackdown that I needed.

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    1. *smacks you in the face with ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT*

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    2. I literally laughed out loud when I saw your comment. 😂

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  3. Thank you for putting into words what I've tried to for quite some time. When I was fifteen, I moved a thousand miles and had no friends and nothing to do. And I quickly turned into an extreme couch potato with a Netflix addiction. I went back and added up the time I spent watching shows on Netflix (not counting rewatching and not counting shows I watched that were on the air that I watched on normal TV), and it was equal to over 33 days (and that's 33 FULL days, so about 800 hours) ... in one year. It was very unhealthy (mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually). But the Internet told me that was normal. Told me being obsessed with a television show and watching an average of about a season or two a week was normal. Told me having my life be nothing but TV and school was fine.
    It wasn't. I was obsessive, anxious, and hiding from the real world. Instead of making friends, I tried to connect to TV show characters (spoiler alert: it doesn't work very well).
    Anyway, the point to my vaguely tangential comment is this: Thank you for writing this. People need to hear this. It's important. Somewhere, there's someone facing the same struggles I did for a year and instead of tackling them head on, that someone might be doing what I did and avoiding them and having that validated by the Internet. And I really don't want that to happen.

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    1. I really aggressively hate the fact that we make it normal and cool and hahaha relatable, when that kind of behavior all the time is going to WRECK you. There's a difference between taking a day to rest/binge every so often and spending all your time procrastinating and watching netflix.

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  4. Okay but I LOVE how you take all these things the internet glorifies and romanticizes and totally tear them apart. It's the BEST. Because YES. I'm so tired of so much of the internet culture. And this is a good one to point out! Yes, there are a lot of funny memes. Sheesh, I think I've joked and made tweets and such about this myself. But, in reality, I'm a workaholic.

    Being productive makes me HAPPY. On those days where I do absolutely nothing, I tend to go to bed depressed and feeling worthless. But on the days where I've accomplished a lot, I'm in my best mood. Being productive and moving around IS HEALTHY. Now, yes, we can work ourselves to death. #Guilty Sometimes we NEED to chill and go watch Netflix for a while. But making that our entire lives??? Noooo. That just leads to an unhealthy, dissatisfied lifestyle.

    Thank you for saying this! Because it needed to be said.

    I JUST LOVE YOUR POSTS AIMEE. THEY ARE MY FAVE.

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    1. Smacking down on the internet is my part-time job. xD

      (I need that on a t-shirt.)

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  5. "Remember that it's so much better to work towards what you want instead of complaining that you're not there." <<<<< That just .... wow. o.o Thank you for this. Thank you a lot. You are very brave, and I love that you're addressing this (cause I've never seen it addressed??) and getting people to think about this. Just because all this stuff is funny and the norm doesn't mean it's okay. And that's so important to realize.

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  6. Can I like, plaster this everywhere?? Please and thank you. I totally agree, thank you for continuing to hammer out the hard things that people need to hear.

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  7. THIS IS SO TRUE. I enjoyed every minute reading this. Everybody needs to hear this. Procrastination isn't really a sin but it's NOT something we want to aspire too. Thanks for this!!

    Ellie
    www.uniquelyyou1.blogspot.com

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  8. Another very good post. Great job Aimee!

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  9. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Like yeah, we all have lazy days sometimes, but IT'S NOT A LIFESTYLE TO STAY IN. It feels so much better to be productive and actually live your life and DO things. Bless this post.

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  10. HOLY CRAP YES HAHA THIS IS AMAZING. THANK YOU FOR THIS WOW. NEEDED THAT KICK IN THE BUTT. YOUR POSTS >>>

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  11. To be honest, I don't even really like TV these days. YouTube is where it's at! And procrastinating all day makes me feel awful. I prefer to just read all day if I do nothing else. At least that's good for your brain xD

    I'm much more productive these days (with the help of God and my bullet journal, haha and I guess the blogging community in general) and it's great.

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    1. Ugh yes YouTube is where I do almost all of my procrastinating. It's like my Pinterest Trap. XD

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    2. Being productive is just the BEST.

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  12. YES YES YES

    Like YES the internet is awesome but like you said it has definitely led me to sometimes looking at "procrastination" as normal and all that. Nope.

    I really needed this so if you'll excuse me I'm going to go do something now thanks :D

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    1. Sometimes you just gotta... fight the internet, man.

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  13. I needed this! This is something I've tried to catch myself on this school year, I'm a Junior in highschool, with the tendency to procrastinate. And becoming apathetic about the necessary? I really really don't want to be there. There's infinite value in sitting down and tackling an issue, in reading when I just want to watch mindless television. I'm not going to allow myself to procrastinate, adhd be darned. No time for being a sloth while the world awaits and while God has other great plans for me.
    Thanks Aimee, hope you have a good week. ^^

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