I have a bad habit of procrastination. I’ve had it my entire life. I tend to get distracted easily, especially when there’s things I need to be doing. I even procrastinate on things I want to do, such as writing on this very blog, not just things I need to do. Watching videos on YouTube is my ultimate distraction.
I really noticed this problem of mine in college. In college I had way more work to do than in high school, as well as way more freedom to do whatever. I had big piles of work at times, and sometimes I just didn’t want to deal with it. I would tell myself that if I just did some work then I could reward myself with playing video games and other fun things, but still I would procrastinate. I didn’t just go play video games though, because I would feel bad for doing that instead of working. I couldn’t just skip to my reward without doing the work. So I would just spend hours watching random crap on YouTube, not necessarily even the channels I followed and watched for fun. Before I knew it, the day was over and there wasn’t time to get work done or to play video games.
I’m out of college now, but the problem persists. As you may have noticed, I missed posting for the SixTAY Days of Writing Challenge yesterday. Well, I wasted too much time watching YouTube again. I do plan on still hitting sixty posts for the challenge by the end, though, but I digress.
I think the problem with YouTube is that there’s so many short videos you can consume in short bursts. It’s so easy to say just one more quick video then I will do some work. It’s so easy to keep saying that over and over until you’ve wasted all your time. I’m not really sure how to solve this problem I have, but I wanted to share it, and do a little self-reflection in the process. Perhaps you might be able to relate.