the boy with the broken stomach

"Welcome to Zombie Land!"

Batangas, Philippines ­­–The devastation, isolation and desolation brought by Typhoon Glenda happened overnight. It was 4 AM when I woke up from the whistling sound created the strong winds gliding on my room’s window. I thought it was an awesome soothing breeze, but slowly this was replaced by anxiety. Am I on a post-apocalyptic movie? I wonder where were the opening credits.

If you have experienced a terrible natural catastrophe and have watched several post-apocalyptic movie, I bet your paranoia played tricked at the back of your head. Here are some signs that you’re probably in one:

  1. You don't have water.

    The first thing you’d probably experience is lack of water, clean and potable. Water is as precious as gold during natural calamities. If you don’t have access to one, pray for all your sins and prepare for death of dehydration.
  2. You don't have food.

    They say a man can live as long as a week with just water, but in my case I can’t even last 6 hours without food. Canned goods are your savior during storm surge because you can store it for some time, unless you have a herd equipped for hunting.
  3. You don't have electricity.

    Power is everything, without it would feel like an eternity of desolation. When was the last time you sleep in a dark room, within a dark house, within a dark neighborhood, within a dark village, within a dark city. Your imagination will run wild when you’re in the dark.
  4. You don't have money.

    Your credit is good, but we need cash, just like that. It’s a slap in the face when you have money in your bank, but you don’t have on hand. You can't buy anything with a plastic card reliant for ATM’s which are now worthless machine.
  5. You don't have access to public transportation.

    Uprooted trees are now blocking major roads, making everything unpassable and what’s left are your mud-filled-stinky feet going back to basics. It’s either you walk to find food or you wait for the government’s relief goods, which is by the way never coming back, ever!
  6. You don't have signal on your phone.

    Communication lines are down therefore your shinny gold iPhone 5S is a piece of brick, and that cheap butterphone just works like magic, fully-charged. These pieces of technology are useless when they can’t help you communicate to the outside world to ask for help.
  7. You don't have access to essential establishments.

    Whether you just want to have a lunch, buy medicine, or gas up you can’t have any of them. During times like this even if you have money you can’t spend, it since almost all essential establishments such as restaurants, drugstores and gas stations were put down by the typhoon.
  8. You don't know what to do.

    When everything was happening all at once and you were caught unprepared, you might find yourself trembling and going nuts. You’re not on an island, but you feel so alone and remote as if there’s no more tomorrow.

All of a sudden you find this magnificent and comforting sanctuary, filled like-minded individuals. You chug in caffeine into your system and hurdle yourself back to the Internet again, “Welcome to Starbucks Sir!”

"Just do it...tomorrow."

We totally believed we had the luxury of time, wondering and wasting every single precious minute to some unproductive activity. It would have been more fruitful if we prioritized our errands. Perhaps we weren't supposed to exit from the danger of toxic buzzer beating. There's no one to blame here but you and your ill habit, which is wasting your time, money and elbow grease.

Later is not always better and never will it be. If you enjoy the thrill of rushing your work and hitting last minute deadline, you should stop these partly suicidal habits. Not alone are you setting yourself into pressure, which you could have avoided, you're also getting less quality output.

The act of delaying things to be done today and repeating the cycle the next day is an infinite loop of procrastination that consumes a person to exhaustion. It would have been nicer if you had more time to retrospect and make alterations, but you can't afford that anymore. Your willingness to change is the key to this quandary. You should take an action, because no one will for you.

Procrastination can't be eliminated , but it can be minimized. Taking away distractions will aide you finish tasks and here are some hints for you to sample:

  1. Working off your internet connection for a while so you don't get hooked on those cute cat pictures and hilarious GIFs will save you time. Only if getting offline isn't possible because your work depends on it, put an additional effort on browsing related sites only. 
  2. Drinking an energy booster such as a cup of coffee will help you focus and alert especially during the wee hours. It is advisable to get a sip between 9:30-11:30 am and 1:30-5:30 pm when your cortisol level is going down. 
  3. Creating a to-do list to enumerate your tasks will help you organized and more expert at time management. If you have listed your errand, it's much easier to pass over your advancement. 
  4. Skipping might be counter-intuitive, but if one item on your list is time consuming skip it and resolve it later. Getting beaten on an item will bear on the balance of your projects. 
  5. Listening to your favorite music will also heighten your mood and be more proactive. It will energize and awaken your senses if you’re in a serious state.
  6. Resting when everything seems to be an overload will help you unclutter your head and decide better. If you cramp all without having a break, chances are you will find yourself beaten and less concerned. 
  7. Reward yourself. There's no better way of beating procrastination than to have a positive reinforcement. It gives you this sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.
Getting better with your goals is easy if you plan well and make use of your time wisely. Remain aside from time-wasting activity and concentrate on what matters most, because in the long run you will harvest the benefits of your fruitful labor. Avoid distractions and stop procrastination.