28 Things You’ll Know If You’re A Huge Procrastinator

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Whether you are easily distracted, lazy or just can’t be bothered, procrastination is something most of us are familiar with- some more so than others. A 2014 study estimated that 1/5 of adults and half of all students procrastinate. That’s a lot of procrastination going on there! Sometimes, you wonder why you torture yourself with all that stress, but you just can’t seem to change your habits.

1. People don’t understand why you simply just don’t start the task earlier. You can’t help it if inspiration only strikes at the last hour!

2. Nothing is “too late” for you. At least, that’s what you keep telling yourself.

3. You go through an endless loop of steadily increasing stress as the deadline approaches, guilt, worry, and self-doubt.

4. When deadlines roll around, you coop yourself up in your room in an attempt to be productive.

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5. Not that it works, of course. You’re probably on Facebook stalking your ex, your ex’s current partner, enviously scrolling through your friend’s vacation pictures in Spain, aimlessly refreshing your feed in hope of new notifications.

6. You then decide to make a list of things you want to do during the holidays after all the deadlines and exams are over. You even start looking at flight prices and hotel locations.

7. Bedtime is now fair game at any time of the day. You wake up at 5pm, have breakfast at 6pm, lunch at 10pm. Who knows anymore.

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8. You check your phone every few minutes. It is absolutely vital your friends and family do not feel neglected while you complete your arduous task, after all.

9. You make a cup of tea every half-hour because tea is necessary sustenance. Also, having twice as many pee breaks gives you a convenient excuse to avoid doing your work. You can’t hold back natural bodily processes! It’s bad for your body!

10. You decide to make a small snack, and it becomes a five-course meal. COOK ALL THE THINGS!

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11. You spend half an hour making a list of all the things you need to do. You feel productive, and decide to take a quick nap before starting on the first task. You wake up three hours later. Whoops.

12. You refuse to start work at odd times of the day. You tell yourself you will start studying at 8pm, but when 8pm comes and goes, you know you can’t start at 8.11pm. The travesty! No, you will start at 8.30pm. Or maybe 9pm, just to be sure.

13. Your workspace looks like a tornado decided to swallow the contents, and regurgitate them again. After storming through it a few times. Violently. You snap a photo for posterity and put it on Instagram to show everyone how hardworking you are. #work #studying #stressed #help

14. You decide the mess is what is killing your productivity and decide to clean it up.

15. You decide to clean out your wardrobe at the same time. Yay for cleanliness!

16. You realise you have hardly any clothes you want to wear, and you’ve spent two hours cleaning your room, so you obviously deserve a small online shopping break.

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17. How is it midnight already?! You’ve only written the title of the essay and your name.

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18. You text your friends to reassure yourself it’s “not just me” and bond over your shared misery. Two of your friends have already completed the assignment, another is on the last paragraph, and another one is halfway through.

19. You have a mini panic attack.

20. You ring your BFF and cry over how useless you are- and after you have calmed down you start gossiping because interpersonal relations are important and assignments only last awhile but friendship is forever. Duh.

21. You start Googling things like “how to be more productive”, “how to stop myself from getting distracted”.

22. You decide to have a can of cider to relax, because you’re stressed out and you can’t work while being stressed out, can you?

23. You start getting sleepy, so you decide to take a quick shower to freshen up. And exfoliate. And do your nails, because they are gross and chipped. And put on a face mask.

24. You start wondering if it’s too late to join your friends on that night out, because you’ve done nothing all day anyway. You end up not going, because you’re in your tatty hoodie and fluffy socks and you just can’t be bothered getting dressed to go out.

25. You give up and start watching Netflix instead since you can’t possibly work this late, can you? You’ll start tomorrow, for sure.

26. You attempt to sleep with your notes beside you or under your pillow. You don’t really think diffusion works, but no harm trying, right?

27. You manage to scrape through the deadline by the skin of your teeth. You feel like there is a typo in the last paragraph somewhere or a chapter you forgot to study, but you can’t be bothered anymore.

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28. You tell yourself you’ll start early next time. You know you won’t.

Written for Pretty52. View the original post here.

 

 

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Easy DIY Candle

Everyone loves candles- scented ones freshen up a room immediately and make for great decorations as well. But why fork out £20+ for a Yankee Candle when you can easily make one at home yourself for so much less? You can customise the scent to your own preference and these are beautiful, affordable gifts to make- and oh-so-useful! Your friends and family will thank you (;

Supplies needed

  • Soy wax (you can get this off eBay)
  • Mason jar, glass jar, or any container of your choice
  • Pre-waxed wicks (must be slightly taller than the container)
  • Glue dots or double-sided tape
  • Disposable chopsticks or kebab sticks
  • Measuring jug
  • Saucepan (must be deep enough to sit your measuring jug)
  • Spoon

Optional:

  • Fragrance oil or essential oil
  • Crayons
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons, markers, washi tape, striping tape, chalkboard labels and other decorative items

(*none of these links are affiliate links. I’ve purchased them with my own money).

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Essential supplies

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Pots and containers

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Decorative materials

 

Make sure your container is clean and oil-free. You can rinse your containers with a bit of dishwashing liquid and leave to dry before starting. Adhere your wicks to the base of the container you have chosen using the glue dots or double-sided tape, making sure to place the wick firmly in the centre.

Make sure the wicks are slightly taller than the container you have chosen, any excess length can be trimmed off afterwards.

If you are struggling to get the wick to stick, or if the container is too tall, you can use chopsticks to carefully position the wick and hold it in place. Certain containers have rounded bases, which makes positioning the wicks harder.

Pour the soy wax flakes into the measuring jug and measure out the amount you want depending on the volume of the container.

Fill the saucepan with water- about two-fifths- and place the whole jug into the saucepan to create a water bath.

Avoid filling the saucepan up with too much water, as it may run the risk of boiling over into your measuring jug.

The water bath ensures the soy wax is heated up slowly- heating the wax up too quickly will cause the finished candle to sag only in the centre, instead of burning evenly. And no one wants a saggy candle! Make sure to stir regularly during heating, and the stove should be placed on the lowest setting possible.

Alternatively, you can heat the wax flakes in a pan directly over low heat, lifting off the stove occasionally; or heat the flakes in a bowl in the microwave.

If using a microwave, first heat for 30 seconds, then in 10-second intervals, stirring regularly, until the wax flakes are fully melted.

Here, we are using a 500ml container, and although the measuring jug is filled to about 500ml with the flakes initially, as it melts, add more flakes in order to adequately fill the container. The final volume should be made up to roughly 400ml in height of liquid wax.

After the wax has been entirely melted, you can choose add fragrance oil or essential oil to the warm mixture. If you are using essential oils, you may need to add more for a stronger scent. I usually find adding 2-4ml of fragrance oil is sufficient for a very strong smelling candle. If you are sensitive to scent, you can skip this step entirely.

Optional:

If you want to add colour to your candle, cut a thin section of a crayon (roughly the thickness of your finger if you want a subtle, pastel colour, or you can vary according to your preference) and stir into the wax mixture.

Worried that it might add harmful chemicals? Don’t worry- most crayons are formulated to be non-toxic as they will be handled by kids.

Add the crayon before the scent if you want a coloured candle- the oils may interfere with the mixing of the colours and create an uneven colouring.

Allow the mixture to cool slightly (but not set) and pour into the container of your choice. Ensure the wick is held firmly in the centre by clamping it between two sticks and leave to set for a few hours.

Jazz up your container with a ribbon or a handy chalkboard label with your recipients’ names on, if you are making a few as gifts! Washi tape and striping tape also make for easy but beautiful additions to a plain glass jar. The pretty glass jar is from PoundWorld and only cost £1 for two containers! Bargain!

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There are so many ways and alternatives you can experiment with. Now that you have mastered the basics, why not try out these ideas?

glitter candles

Jen from SomethingTurquoise has a lovely tutorial for glitter candles here!

teacup candles

Make your candles extra quirky by using vintage teacups (complete with saucers!) for the perfect tea party. Why buy boring tealights from IKEA when you can make your own?

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These colourblock candles are so easy to make, and look so good in little glass cups!

 

Happy crafting!

Eve