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I’ll do it tomorrow

“I love deadlines” English author Doughlas Adams once wrote.

“Ah, so many works to do. But I’m so sleepy, tomorrow I will settle down”. But when it comes to the day after, the work is still there. We’ve have all the experience of wanting to get a project done but putting it off for later. It happens to everyone. And I think the word “I’ll do it tomorrow” is the most use one and popular words all over the world. This is what we called procrastination. Procrastination is a challenge we have all faced at one point or another. For as long as human have been struggling with delaying, avoiding and procrastinating on issues that matter to us.


What is procrastination? The ancient Greek philosophers like Socrates and Aristotle developed a word to describe this type of behavior: Akrasia. Akrasia is the state of acting against your better judgment. It is when you do thing even though you know you should do something else. Loosely translated, you could say that akrasia is procrastination or a lack of self-control.

“To do or not to do”. Procrastination in psychological terms, is what happens when the value of doing something else outweighs the value of working now. So whether you refer to it as procrastination or akrasia or something else, it is the force that prevent you from following through on what you set out to do.

How to stop procrastination?

They are variety of strategies to stop procrastinating.

1: Sticky Notes!


Jot down all of your realistic work to do on TODAY, yes. ALL!

Including wake up from bed, showers, and all of your works. Put another sticky notes, to collect all of your works to be done with deadlines. Put priorities of which work is important, less important or urgent. This is maybe an old-fashioned strategy, but believe me, when you write your work/target/goal in a paper, bold it, and place it at the place that can catch your eyes like mirror in your toilet, refrigerators, you will always be remembered to do that task.

Jot down all of your realistic work to do on TODAY, yes. ALL!

2: Make a reward after you succeed or taking action more immediate.

One of the best ways to bring future rewards into the present moment is with a strategy known as temptation building. Temptation building is a concept that came out of behavioral economics research performed by Katy Milkman at The University of Pennsylvania. Simply put, the strategy suggests that you bundle a behavior that is good for you in the long-run with a behavior that feels good in the short-run.

3: Do one task at a time

Although it seems like multitasking is doing more work in a small amount of time but multitaskers are often inefficient and do much less work. So practice doing one thing at a time and overwhelm yourself with tasks. It is so much better to finish it rather than jumping to another task without completing the first one.

4: Focus the end goal

I always think that if I did this work by this time and completed successfully, leisure of time of time will wait for me. I can watch my favourite movies, I can sleep peacefully without think when to complete this task/work. The feeling of anxiety-free of accomplishment is the end goal. Thus, by thinking this way, this will help you to stay on task and work towards your goal.

5: Get an accomplice

Sometimes, we can’t finish or work by your own. Find a supportive member, a friend or family member to help you work. You could even make a pact with friend with the same goals to. For example, if you want to create a poster, choose a friend who master about designing posters. By brainstorming, getting ideas, and work together, this will help you by not wasting your time to think and designing the poster alone. By telling someone about what you need to do will motivate you to finish your project, because if you don’t you will have to suffer the embarrassment of admitting it to them.

Even though, there are actually so many strategies to coup with procrastination. Remove distractions, get yourself a break, and yet many more of strategies to manage this kind of bad habit. Self-motivation is actually the key in all change that we want to make.

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“By the time! Lo! Man is in a state of loss; save those who have faith and do righteous deeds, and counsel each other to hold on to truth and counsel each other to be steadfast. (108:1-3)

In the verse of Surah al-Asr already been told about how important time it is and the sad truth- human loves to procrastinate, by wasting time.  Therefore, the oath by Time signifies that Time is witness to the truth that man is in sheer loss except for the people who possess the four qualities (1) Faith, (2) righteous deeds, (3) exhorting one another to Truth, and (4) exhorting one another to patience). The word time is used for the past as well as for the passing time in which the present, in fact, does not signify any long stretch of time. Every moment, when it has passed, becomes past, and every moment of the future, when it is passing, becomes present, and when it has passed, becomes past. Here, since the oath has been sworn by time absolute, both kinds of time are included in its meaning. The oath by the past time means that human history. Testifies that the people who were without these qualities, eventually incurred loss, and in order to understand the significance of the oath by the passing time, one should understand that the time which is now passing is, in fact, the time which has been given to every single individual and every single nation to work in the world.

Use your time wise fully, do it now and have a reproductive day!


Siti Nor Sarah binti Hanipah

4th year Medical Student

University of Zagazig

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