How to Stop Procrastinating and Get Shiz Done

It’s always the same story. And it’s infuriating.

I sat down one evening to write this very post about how to stop procrastinating, but I paused first to reorganize some of my Pinterest boards. 30 minutes later, I was still derping around, had not accomplished anything worthwhile, and felt the tinge of regret for not doing the work I had envisioned doing in the first place.

You know how it is: you try to start some Big Project, but it seems like an insurmountable or unbearable task… so you don’t even try. And instead of giving it your all, the fire inside you dies in status updates, tweets, snaps, and pins.

Why does everyone else look so accomplished, and you can’t even start something? The answer is that those people have transcended the need to procrastinate and get. Shiz. Done.

Why do you procrastinate, anyway?

Short story: you’re lazy. You want results, but you don’t want to put in the work—even for the long-term goals you actually want to accomplish. It’s human nature to want the most results for the least effort, but unless you’re a Kardashian that method isn’t realistic.

I have experienced procrastination far too many times to know that it can ruin your life (or at least not make it as awesome as it should be). It has brought my long-term goals to a standstill. It has prevented me from reaching my full potential. And it stops now.

I’ve spent lots of time researching and finding the best ways to regain my focus and get shiz done. And while the temptation to put off work still creeps into my brain once in a while, these tips spark more productivity than I could ever muster on my own.

Before I talk about any of them, I need to mention the cardinal rule of getting shiz done: you can’t be afraid of hard work. The reason accomplished people get shiz done is because they’re willing to dive into the sticky business of reaching their goals, doing whatever it takes until the job is finished. Procrastinating implies that you consider yourself unwilling or unable to do that work—and that mindset can only drain your confidence and drive.

Okay. On to the rest of the list.

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Why Millennials and Parties Don’t Mix (and why it’s a problem)

The New York Times recently published an article called Death of the Party, in which the author points out how much younger generations have opted out of the traditional chip-and-dip, mix-and-mingle kind of get-togethers that you might have seen on Mad Men (or, you know, in real life).

There are plenty of reasons why millennials and parties are incompatible, and they all make sense; it’s harder to host parties (the expense, the space, the expectations for awesomeness), and it’s easier to ditch out on them and opt for something less emotionally demanding.

But for previous generations, the anatomy of a traditional party was simple. Invite guests (and everyone actually RSVPs). Make food and drinks. Clean your house. Dress nicely. Play music. Enjoy pleasant conversation. Do everything possible to make your guests feel welcome and at home.

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How to Survive the Holidays When You’re Far from Home

I spent last Christmas with my landlord.

We had moved into her apartment building when my husband got accepted to medical school in Grenada—and since we couldn’t afford plane tickets home for the holiday, we decided to spend it on the island.

We were prepared to have a lonely Christmas. All of our friends traveled back to America, and we were literally the only people in our apartment complex. No big deal, I thought. Between studying abroad, mission trips, and summers spent with relatives, I had plenty of experience being far from home.

But this time? I wasn’t sure I could make it. Sure, I had spent other holidays without immediate family—tearing up turkey legs with college roommates or unwrapping presents with in-laws—but at least those bore some resemblance to the festivities I celebrated with my own parents and siblings. This time, I faced a completely different culture and had almost nothing to keep me grounded.

Everything on the island felt like the opposite of Christmas: the weather was still hot and steamy, stores weren’t coated in lights and tinsel, and the blaring holiday music was filtered through Caribbean beats and instruments… oh, and forget about finding hot peppermint mochas or snowmen. How was I supposed to celebrate Christmas here when nothing about it felt familiar?

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