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My newest anti-procrastination plan

Today I finally came up with a new system to help me not only avoid procrastinating my creative vortexes (and similar things), but avoid always working on things that I won't need to finish for a while just so I won't have to work on the ones that are due sooner!

Here's how it works: I already have a list of things to do sorted roughly from what I have the least time to do to what I have the most time to do, and things that I have practically unlimited time to do are also sorted by my willingness to wait until college to finish them. I also now have a scoring system that retroactively went into effect when I started typing this entry: I earn "procrastination points" when I work on creative vortexes, etc., and then get to "buy" procrastination with my procrastination points. Some examples of point values are as follows:

- Making one userpic (either a new one or a PrtSc Land-styled version of an old one) = +1/x procrastination point, where x is how far down the list PSL-styled or new userpics is (so if I make 3 new userpics, I get 3/44 of a procrastination point since new userpics are the 44th item on the list)
- Writing one paragraph of Moya's Space Log = +1/x procrastination point (x functions the same way as before)
- Adding or editing a line of code in a program or an object on a program form = +1/x procrastination point
- Watching 5 minutes of The X-Files, Roswell, Grey's Anatomy, etc. with pathvain_aelien = +1/x procrastination point
- Adding to one of my lists of creative vortexes = +1/10 of the procrastination points I'd get by actually making/doing whatever I wrote down

You get the idea - for everything in my to-do list, I have to define how much I need to do before I get 1/x of a procrastination point, and then keep it consistent. Getting procrastination points faster by doing things at the top of the list should encourage me to do those more, yet allow me to work on other things on my list when I get sick of working on stuff at the top.

Some example costs of procrastinating:

- Every Internet browser page load = -1 point unless I use it to work on something in my to do list. (Things that are actually important, such as checking my banking account online, will actually be put at the top of my to do list when I have to do them, so don't worry about me not getting to do something immediately important just because I don't have enough procrastination points)
- Playing video games = -1 point for every turn. What counts as a "turn" depends on the game; i.e., for some, a turn might end whenever I either beat a level or lose a life, or if I decide to play a Mario Party game or Pac-Man Party it'll be an actual turn, etc.

As you can see, it'll be just as arbitrary, yet consistent, as my earning procrastination points.

Now to see if it'll work! :)

EDIT: While it's been helping me avoid procrastination so far, it seems to be having me do too little procrastination because, now that I think about it, when I work on the first thing on my list, I should probably get more than one procrastination point for it, because that's not even enough to post one LJ comment. So, starting tomorrow (I added this part on the 19th), every instance of 1/x in the scoring is hereby replaced with 10/x. :)

Comments

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karla_somebody
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
This sounds like something I should really try.
Good luck! :)
matt1993
Jul. 18th, 2011 05:36 am (UTC)
Thanks!
mystic_dreamer
Jul. 18th, 2011 07:30 am (UTC)
Just brilliant
I can't wait to see how this works when applied practically :)

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matt1993
Jul. 18th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Just brilliant
:) So far, it's working pretty well!
irish_ileana
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
I always work on a rewards system when I need to get something done. Like, one paragraph of an essay might equal one YouTube video, or a whole page might be an episode of the Colbert Report. It's the only way I EVER have motivation to get things done.
matt1993
Jul. 18th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Me too - this pretty much is a rewards system, just a really complicated one. (Especially when I earn fractions of procrastination points with unlike denominators, because they add to complicated fractions such as 1 131,977/2,001,000. Thank goodness for my TI-92 calculator...)
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matt1993
Jul. 19th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
Well, you know how some people have to have reward systems in order to keep from procrastinating anything? That's the basic idea behind this, except since I tend to work on things that I can wait until college to finish just so I won't have to work on stuff I need to do before college, I made it so I get rewarded more for doing more important things.

So far, it's much better at keeping me from procrastinating than my New Year's resolution, but it can get annoying sometimes - for instance, if I weren't doing laundry today, I wouldn't have gotten to reply to your comment until I was done downloading the entire Brain Challenge soundtrack :P
pathvain_aelien
Jul. 20th, 2011 09:09 am (UTC)
That sounds amazingly complex.
matt1993
Jul. 20th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
In that case, be glad I only posted examples of point values for various things, rather than the point values for absolutely everything :)
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