Procrastination is not a disease but a state of mind. Putting things off until the last hour is the chronicle of procrastinators, along with avoiding difficult tasks or purposely seeking distractions. Significantly procrastination reflects our never-ending tussle with self-control; also it demonstrates our inability to predict how we will feel the next day or upcoming days. Procrastinators have taken the situation for granted and “I don’t feel like it” has outweighed goals and challenges. Procrastination leads to subsequent downward spirals of negative emotion that deter future efforts. Procrastinators may claim that they are effective under pressure, but habitually the justification they provide are dishonest and irrelevant.
But the hopefulness of the situation is rather attainable where effort can only surrogate the existing situation by overcoming procrastination. Psychologically it has been established that perfectionists are often procrastinators, as they never risk a task in the face of failing short on performance, so their best option is avoidance. But when deadlines come nearer they will be haunted by anxiety and furthermore worry about the unknown outcome of the results.
The outsets of procrastination roll in with the choice of doing the project that second or doing something else. Psychologists describe the value of accomplishing a given task as Subjective value that is driven by undertaking the responsibility of the given task. Procrastination, on the other hand, is a state of doing something else instead of considering Subjective value as the primary goal. So what can be concluded, finding a way to improve the subjective value of working now in relation to values of doing something else can defeat procrastination once in for all. One can increase the value of the project and decrease the value of distraction but the best way is to combine them both. Sometimes it is difficult to adhere to the strategy, as there are many stimuli that diminish the value of working in the present.
Francesco Cirillo invented the most effective time management life hack (Pomodoro) in the year 1980s which is still used today. The word “Pomodoro” in Italian means “tomato” as many of the cooking timers used in Europe generally resembles a tomato. The Pomodoro technique acts as a time management philosophy to provide the user with superlative focus and creative freshness so that it will allow them to complete projects rapidly with minimum mental fatigue. To implement Pomodoro one should make proper budget of time, the time to work should be broken into short durations, thus taking breaks periodically. Hence the application would be work for 25 minutes (known as Pomodoro), take a break for five minutes. Subsequently, the fourth “Pomodoro” which is after 115 minutes (100 minutes of work period and 15 minutes of break time) one is entitled to take a 15-20 minute break. With each complete Pomodoro, one shall mark their progress with an “X”. Noting the number of times one had the impulse to procrastinate or switch gears to work on another task will help check procrastination.
With PiRuby app, contextualized to each page or section of the textbook, the student is empowered to work with short elearning videos, quizzes and mindmaps exactly on that page or section to accomplish their “Pomodoro”.