Its life, and life is full of challenges that we come across every day, whether they are living, working, or learning challenges. They are the reason we are learning to survive. With no challenges, life would be a series of easy and boring events. I went through a lot of challenges through my life, living alone, studying and working was a tough life to me. Currently I’m a Computer Science and Informatics PhD student who face challenges almost every day. Doing a lot of research and studying advanced mathematical topics and working on my dissertation, which is probably the most important challenge for any PhD student. You really don’t want to waste three years of your life without getting into a result for your research. You also don’t want to fail when defending your thesis.
Achieving success in our studies, there should be no place for procrastination in our lives, a problem that is not easy to get rid off. These days when technology is a big part of our daily life and us are extremely attached to it that every five minutes we need to check an email, surf a web page, play a game or check our online social activities. No wonder why procrastination became an issue, a barrier between us and our learning, and not just our learning, but our work also.
To solve procrastination, I usually go to a place away from my technological devices such as the park or the library where I can find a healthy place for my focused thinking. I reward myself with some rest so that my diffuse thinking is able to process and connect the chunks of information together. I really liked the way Dr. Oakley described the steps to solve procrastination in her book – A Mind for Numbers – where figuring out the reason I procrastinate – the cue – and prevent it seemed like a better solution. I need not to procrastinate even with my technological devices are scattered around me.
The other problem is the concentration on the product and not the process. “I just want to read and finish this chapter”. What is the point of reading the whole chapter if you didn’t understand the lines you read? No wonder your diffuse mode can’t gain new insights because there are no preliminary thoughts from your focused mode.
The pomodoro technique and some attention is my solution to this problem. Concentrating on the pages I read during the 25 minutes period is enough for my focused thinking to build the wall of information. Of course, I need resting so this wall of information is solidified properly in my long time memory. “Like allowing time for the mortar to dry when you are building a brick wall”. Repeating this step day by day would make the boring activity of reading to become more pleasant to my brain and then the focus on the process will be the priority.