It’s Time to Stop Procrastinating

First, let’s start with some housekeeping. I am re-sharing my Medium article on the blog. If you use the following link to read this article, I will earn a small commission. It might be only a few pennies but it’s better than earning nothing at all. This article was behind a paywall for a few weeks but I want to make it available for everyone to read.

♡ Medium Article: It’s Time to Stop Procrastinating

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Remember, I am NOT an expert. I am simply a human trying to navigate this thing called life. Apparently, I wasn’t able to live up to the expectations of a blogger who was once a close friend of mine. Last week, she lashed out at me in the most childish way imaginable. At this point, I have lost all respect for her. And for the record, let me clear one thing up right now before we get started:

(っ◔◡◔)っSerious Question: What is this blog, sereneluna.net about?

Using layman’s terms, I write about a variety of different topics, NOT limited to lifestyle, mental health, parenting, and relationships. This is NOT a niche-specific blog. A variety of different topics are welcome, especially if these topics provide value to my readers. I write for an audience rather than for myself.

👉 Now that we got that out of the way, it’s time to stop procrastinating and start getting things done!

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” —Mark Twain

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Procastination Can Sneak Up on You

Procastination can be difficult to identify because it often goes unspoken and manifests in different ways. Also, procrastination is often hard to break, but there are ways to overcome it. It is not uncommon to find yourself in a situation where you are feeling tired or overwhelmed by how much work you still need to get done. Breaking the habit of procrastination is important and taking the time to focus on what you need and want to achieve can help you get back on track.

👉 So you might be thinking that this is good advice, but how do we break free from it? How do we stop it from holding us back? How do you get out of this self-sabotaging cycle? It can be difficult to find a way out of the trap, and you might start to feel like there’s no end in sight.

The answer to these questions is quite simple, but often difficult to execute. You see, the key to overcoming procastination is being able to identify what you’re actually doing and then having the motivation needed to overcome that obstacle.

Some of us find it hard to find time to do the things we don’t want or need to do. Some also tend to procrastinate with jobs or tasks we don’t want to do every day for things that aren’t important. This is where the problem arises.

For example, if you are working on a task at work or doing something with a deadline, it is essential to stay on top of things. It might seem like not completing these important tasks or completing others that are less important would be good. However, in many cases, there can be consequences. For example, no matter what the circumstances, often the essays that are due at the last minute always get completed with mixed feelings of relief and regret. Even though writers typically have the best intentions of writing for their favorite publications, they still struggle with procrastination. Writing blog posts is no exception.

The Benefits of Procrastination

You know, procrastinating isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it’s good for us to take a break from the never-ending hustle and bustle of our daily tasks, and it can help us refocus on what is important to us. I like to spend my free time taking a walk outside or spending time responding to comments on this hobby blog. Recently, I have also been finding it enjoyable to engage with readers in the Medium community as well. Sometimes, it is tempting to spend time reading through content on Medium because of the variety of topics and quality writing. Even though I don’t always feel motivated to create new content, it’s not necessarily a sign of laziness. This is an excellent time to enjoy reading and interacting with others.

I believe that happiness is a subjective and relative experience. Some people say that being happy comes from doing what is most necessary, while others argue that happiness doesn’t even need to be possible because joy comes from everything we experience. If we can make the process of creative writing more enjoyable, then it will allow us to reach our full potential as writers and help us stay inspired, motivated, and focused on our projects. This would contribute to overall success! Not only would it promote productivity, but it would also provide us with a sense of accomplishment that comes from having done something difficult.

(っ◔◡◔)っKey Takeaway: Doing hard work has repeatedly been said to make us happy, so why not find fun ways to make the process more enjoyable?


(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ FINAL THOUGHTS ♥

I know that sometimes as a hobby blogger and writer, I struggle with procrastination. But I know that by overcoming the tasks even when they’re hard, life becomes more enjoyable and appreciating the good things in life becomes easier. This mindset allows me to put aside the difficulties that I face and instead focus on my journey. This has helped me tremendously because it has allowed me to stay focused on my life, happiness, and long-term goals.

This week, I want you to consciously choose to find meaning in what you’re doing by having intention behind the tasks that you have been putting off, whatever that happens to be. What things have you been putting off? Feel free to join the conversation by leaving a comment below ↓ and I will do my best to reply to you in a timely manner.

Thanks for stopping by!

28 thoughts on “It’s Time to Stop Procrastinating

    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you for your support! I also recommend reading the extra commentary in the blog post introduction (where I talk a little about the said snake). Re: other notification that you’ll be receiving shortly. The explanation will make a bit more sense.

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      • ZeroSpace says:

        I will go check it out. You are doing me a favor because I have to either read or blog while eating and I have reached a point where I resent the shit out of writing while eating. Okay. Hopefully me visiting it twice gets you another little money hit 😉

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Thank you for the money hit. I made a whopping 5 cents yesterday from that one article alone. I think you might have had something to do with that, so thank you!! Btw I’m getting closer towards earning that cup of coffee. ☕💕

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      • ZeroSpace says:

        Haha. If the only thing I must do to help you get money on Medium is click a link and read, then you should just post medium articles several times a week so i can click on them. What an easy way to help a blogger friend. Srsly.

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      • ZeroSpace says:

        I was looking for a comment thread. But I now see that you meant your own commentary in the post. Assuming you leave all comments up, I am tempted to go find the comment from this snake. Again, trying to avoid writing a blog post. On the other hand I have no idea whether you meant comments on WordPress or medium. But either way I will entertain myself by reading some of your comment sections here.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        I don’t believe she posted a comment directly on my blog. If you want to know more, I also wrote about it on Medium. It’s called “The Gift I Never Gave (and the girl I never met).”I am feeling tempted to share this, but at the same time I want to keep it private on Medium. Lots of conflicting feelings.

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      • ZeroSpace says:

        I understand wanting to keep it private, hun. Not a big deal. I am just being mildly nosey and looking for something to read. Almost every time I message you on here I am in the middle of a meal. Ha. And I see a bunch of messages from you. You are doing me a good service by chatting with me and you did not even realize it. As I said before, I practically had a love affair with a well known blogger in the mental health community and it did not end well. There were definitely some hurt feelings. So you have my utmost compassion about this recent thing.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Well, I’m happy to help! haha Be nosy, I don’t mind. I remember you told me about blogger A a while ago so you understand the similar crap I’m dealing with. I don’t really know people in Calgary and the people I did meet left Calgary. This blogger who I will call blogger C lives in Calgary so I saw this as an opportunity to meet someone new – until she blocked me for the most petty reason. I am starting to wonder if meetup.com would be worth looking into. I think I spend too much time talking to people online and not enough time interacting with people.

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      • ZeroSpace says:

        Meet up is a good deal as a free participant. But they are a bitch to run. So I don’t recommend owning and running one. Plus, it cost money. Ha. Avoid the groups thst charge a membership fee, if it is a simple recreation group or mommy/other parents group. Those people who charge dues are assholes.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        I used to go to a Shut Up and Write Meetup once a week before Covid hit. Although I didn’t make friends there and seets were limited on a first-come-first-serve basis, it was nice to get out of the house and talk to people. They would meet up at a cafe, so we were expected to purchase a coffee or muffin or something which I didn’t mind. Apparently, that Meetup is up and running again so I might have to look into it. Definitely something to consider!

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  1. Pooja G says:

    Really interesting post, I read it on Medium and even used the link a couple of times so you make more lol! I tried to give it a clap but you need an account for that 😢
    Anyway, back to the post, I often struggle with procrastination but it’s something I’m working on. You’re right when you said it’s not laziness it’s something similar but also quite different. Personally, mine is due to my anxiety which makes me put things that make me anxious off. However, it’s also causing a lot of issues for me so I want to stop putting off things that make me anxious and learn to face them.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I think it was the other way around. I considered her to be a good friend but a friend does not block you on every platform including all the obvious social media platforms plus Medium, WhatsApp, Telegram, email etc. This is not normal behaviour. It’s ultimately her loss. I am still mad about it but I’ll eventually get over it. I have to – it’s the only option.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        She made me believe that I was the toxic one by gaslighting me, and the more I read her email the more I disagreed with it. The stuff she said just wasn’t true. Occasionally, I will check out her blog and she’s actually quite negative and self-centered.

        I am grasping for straws trying to make sense of what happened. She deleted our conversation on Telegram and blocked me without even saying goodbye. I’m pretty sure I am not the first person she has done this to and I am sure these ppl didn’t deserve it either.

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      • buddy71 says:

        She and the situation is not worth you spending the energy or time on. People like her have issues and turn those issues onto others and make it their problem. It’s best to keep them far away. Let them swim in their own toxic swamp.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Thank you for your words of encouragement. I’ve spent many sleepless hours ruminating over it and you’re right – it’s just not worth my time or energy. I like your toxic swamp analogy 🐊

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