Do you suffer from putting off all your daily duties to unspecified time in the future? Are you always waiting for a better moment to do something? If you don’t know: “from where to start…?”, you can’t stand failure or you do the tasks “for now” only because you fear the consequences – it means that you might have a problem with procrastination.
What is procrastination?
‘Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task, that needs to be accomplished’ – Wikipedia. In my opinion it is a kind of pathology. Why? Because normally, nobody wants to live in never-ending tension. A procrastinator wants to have everything under control, so that person creates the appearance of normality. She or he knows what must be done but a moment of take a rain check gives a temporary relief. The mood is excellent, the procrastinator gives himself a promise to fulfil his responsibilities and his commitments LATER (just for a short moment), but after all panic grows, so the level of stress is as big as before… Procrastination should not be confused with laziness. The latter – couch potatoes take pleasure from being lazy and there is nothing better for them.
How to fight with it?
Firstly, the help of psychologist might be necessary and I really recommend to consult a specialist. Secondly and most importantly: it’s indispensable to change habits. The old polish proverb ‘Trzeba rozłożyć siły na zamiary’ / ‘Look before you leap’ – which means: we don’t have to do something at once, it is better to prepare ourself by spliting the work, isn’t it? The simple and most boring tasks should be done immediately, but all of us can take our time to complete more difficult activities such as passing an exam to take care of psyche. The time management method ‘The Pomodoro Technique’ created by Francesco Cirillo from Italy, helps a lot to organise the daily duties step by step. Finally, remember not to punish yourself if you won’t do the all tasks today, just try again tommorow. One day, you will do everything.
Kamil Swiderski, 21 years old, volunteer from Poland. Great fan of modern architecture, dance and travel.
Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.
Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.
In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3, which is for the support of reformation policies.
Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.
We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.
Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira