Dear Mumma Zo and Aunt Kell, How Do I Stop Procrastinating?

Dear Mumma Zo and Aunt Kell, How Do I Stop Procrastinating?

Procrastination is spending time doing what you’d rather be doing. To make your procrastination more efficient, ensure you properly plan your procrastination (this is called procrasti-planning). 

Procrastination is inevitable so why not make it healthy? E.g. Procrasta-run, or if you want to take it nek level, do a procrasta-marathon, or to take it even further still, procrasta-marathon on another island e.g. Stewart Island. 

We love food and so do you. Why not procrasta-bake for your flatmates? Wow. You’d get kudos and karma for that one. Or procrasta-eat all that yum yum. If you have no food and you’re hungry, go procrasta-supermarket. If you have exhausted all supermarket options, there are lots of other food stores in Dunedin, including BinnInn (you can spend hours and hours in there. HOURS).

Here is a NoGo list (places to stay away from when you actually need to get shit done, and procrastination is looming):

  • Netflix
  • The Critic office
  • Friends
  • Alcohol 

Stopping procrastination is a whole other kettle of fish. It is literally the anti-version of procrastination. If procrastination were matter, anti-procrastination would delete it (in vague science-fiction terms). 

One of the best ways of stopping addiction is to never start in the first place. Instead of procrastination, give yourself 20 min slots of time for work and 5 min slots for rest. Try to set yourself realistic work goals each day, and factor in socialising and fun stuff too, because that is also really important to your bodily well-being and stuff. 

Another way to not procrastinate is to include running and or baking or something you enjoy into your daily routine. Then its part of your routine and an established event so it’s not like you weren’t meant to be doing it, right?

Either way, getting through each day is a success and it should be fun.

Lots of hugs,


Mumma Zo and Aunt Kell

This article first appeared in Issue 24, 2018.
Posted 6:31pm Thursday 20th September 2018 by Zoe Taptiklis-Haymes and Kelly Davenport.