Procrastination

I am slightly disappointed… okay very disappointed. I only read two books this month; I honestly didn’t even understand what that meant until I had to write my wrap up. In literally 31 days I read two books? It’s just been one of those slow monthsss, I thought I was the only one but I read a couple of blog posts and I’ve noticed there are others going through this. It’s just a month where I am so inefficient it kind of hurts.

Okay side note. So I don’t know what it is but I have really slowed down, in my studying, my reading , blogging (although let’s admit I was never the best at this thing anyway). I really do try to motivate myself often by thinking of the consequences of not getting the grades I want which results in me basically not studying the course I want ( Pharmacy) and blah blah blah. That gets me going for about 2 minutes, then I’m like but youtube though, but films though, but literally just wasting my time doing anything but being productive though. And at this point it’s not even enjoyable to procrastinate. While I am watching I feel so guilty and so uncomfortable, but guess what… I still can’t get myself to pick up that pen and start on that MASSIVE pack of integration questions. The thing is this has also affected my reading habits. I’ve briefly spoken about this on the Books amino app.

Okay side- side note ( I don’t even think that’s a thing). This is not sponsored but if you love reading books and want to interact with the bookish community this app is the way to go! It literally is social media for books, you can make posts, create/enter forums, create chats,polls etc.

Anyway back to the side note, I used to be able to finish a book every 3 days, balancing it obviously with being a student and life and all that. That would be about 10 books a month, this month I read two, last month I think I read about four. It’s just getting worse at this point. It’s not that I am not enjoying what I am reading it’s that I’ve become really lazy with what I do in my free time. Because let’s be honest, what is easier to do :

  1. Read a book
  2. Watch Netflix

What requires less input/effort? Netflix. Especially the fact that it will play the next episode for you, you do not need to touch your laptop/TV and you could literally go on for HOURS. What I do like about being in this phase is that I explore studying in different areas and found one that works for me right now. I have a local café with an second floor (quite small)  and in the morning it will literally be JUST me there. Wi-Fi, decent coffee, charging areas , and I’m set up for a couple of hours of pure work. Are you going through a similar phase, what have you found helps you focus?

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19 thoughts on “Procrastination

  1. bookloverbabbles says:

    Omg. Those last 2 paragraphs sum me up quite nicely. I think about Netflix or something else that requires ‘less effort, and then feel too lazy to pick up a book. I haven’t found a good way to cope with this so far :l

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  2. WL Hawkin says:

    This is my first thought…if you love reading books (fiction) why are you studying pharmacy? Do you love science and chemistry too? Maybe you would be a great freelancer or editor or book reviewer:)

    Second thought: I succumb to Netflix and Shomi when I’m exhausted from the pressure of work that drains me. Reading and writing feed me, but sometimes I’m too beat to eat. Then again, there are some fantastic shows with great storylines, characters, and scripts worth streaming.

    Finally, I think that January to March are slow months when we should either be hibernating to escape the rain and darkness, or eating and storytelling like our ancestors did. Nowadays that equates to watching Netflix in a cafe:)

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    • abooknation says:

      I do LOVE the sciences, and I’ve honestly not always been the creative type which is why I guess I loved reading. It kind of feeds you creativity in a story if that makes sense? It’s just a career path I feel comes a bit natural to me as it involves maths and chemistry and biology which I’ve always been good at. I’ve never really thought of being an editor/book review er because I feel like who’d trust me with years of their work to critique? I don’t think I’m that good at this particular field, more just enjoying reading as a hobby and uploading blog posts to those who would read it 😅

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  3. flearal says:

    I’m having a similair problem right now, last month I read like 2 books, too. It’s horrible, and additionally I need to focus on school, too, and keep myself motivated and I’m just trying to stay on top of my work, and hope that it will be enough.

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    • abooknation says:

      I honestly thought I was going through it alone! Having a blog kind of helps keep on top of it though because otherwise I wouldn’t have even noticed that I didn’t do a lot of reading 😅

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  4. irena_bookdustmagic says:

    ohh, youtube is the worse when it comes to “wasting time”, and after that comes twitter.
    So many things I could be doing (like reading) but I end up watching Booktube and then realise there’s no more free time for reading or blogging, and then the guilt comes…

    I am even thinking about banning youtube for some time, even though I know that’ll never happen.

    As for your 2 books read, don’t stress yourself too much with what is already pass and done. Maybe your brain just needed a break from reading, who knows…
    Maybe reading slumps have purpose after all…

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  5. Bound to Be Me says:

    I can already tell this month is going to be just like that. I have yet to finish a book and I picked it up last week. And, I’m not even half way through… I blame the weather and my coffee addiction. On cloudy, gloomy days I just want to sleep, eat, and drink coffee 🙂

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    • abooknation says:

      The weather here has been inconsistent ( I don’t know why I’m complaining there’s never a day where we don’t experience all four seasons!) Pick up a book you know you’re going to like, or maybe a short novella, a graphic novel ,something like that. I am reading Me Before You and I love it so hopefully it’ll set up my reading pace for the rest of the month, hopefully you’ll read more too 🙂

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