Posted at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 8, 2015

Pocket your procrastination

Cellphones apps that can help prevent time wasting

Procrastination happens to the best of us. The most organized person is guilty of procrastination and the worst enabler lives in the pockets of most Americans.

The evidence isn’t exactly definitive whether or not phones or other media devices are responsible for our country’s growing short attention spans, but it certainly doesn’t help a person trying to get work done when their phone is blinking on every few moments to tell them they have half a billion messages on Facebook.

Sure, they can turn the alert off, but what if it’s something important? One thing leads to another and the moment spent on Facebook transforms into 10 cat videos and three articles about red cups at Starbucks.

Procrastination isn’t always about laziness, it could largely be about a fear of failure or perfectionism, English instructor Melanie Booth said.

Procrastination is rarely planned, but it can be helped. The worst procrastinator, blogger or all together phone addict can find some peace in the device that put them in the situation in the first place by downloading a couple of apps.

Small adorable munk

Breakfree is a free app that tracks the number of times that a person unlocks their phone and rates them on a scale determining how badly they are addicted.

I work nights on weekends at a Subway all by myself so I love to listen to music on my cell phone. This app was very upset with me when morning hit and it saw that I had been on my phone for more than seven hours.

As far as taking care of phone dependency, this app does nothing to stop your usage and leaves it up to the user’s integrity for reaching their goal with minimum phone usage. It has a cute little monk figure that sits on top of the scale, but his sad face might not be enough to stop a user from opening their phone.

Another app that can help manage time is Procrastination. This app is basically a planner for organizing agendas into a timely form that will send alerts when it’s time to complete a task.

It also gives the user the option to move a task to the next day, however, this is an organized way to procrastinate. Still, it forces the user to think about procrastination rather than ignore it.

The meaning of procrastination

Booth said, “Procrastination is not a frustration, it’s something that I have to work with. Like, it’s my job to help students create strategies for themselves to try and overcome that. Rather than just saying ‘don’t procrastinate,’ that’s not helpful.” Booth suggested a list of apps that would help, one of which was Moment.

Moment goes beyond what Breakfree does in allowing the user to set an amount of time that they and their family are allowed to use on their phones, then the app will send an alert when time is up.

It might make the user a bit upset at first, but I do think that it is a bit more productive since there’s a consequence to overuse, but it doesn’t stop the user from continuing to use their phone.

However, Moment is not free. In order to experience its full usage it is $14.99 for three months and $44.99 for a full year, and is only available on Apple products.

There’s another app called Unfilth Your Habitat that focusses on cleaning and organizing your environment. It does cost $0.99, but if you have a certain amount of free time, like 10 minutes to do something, this app will suggest something productive to do.

The example that I was given was to empty and reorganize a drawer. To be perfectly frank, even the suggestion made me mad to think about. How dare this app tell me to organize a drawer. Could I? Yes. Will I? Absolutely not and it was rude to even ask.

Living with procrastination is difficult but it’s just a matter of organization and owning your time. Sitting down and forcing yourself to start something is easier with practice and these apps can really help. Especially when given the proper thought about why you’re procrastinating and the steps you can take to avoid it.