Last term I was a massive procrastinator, as in, I did everything the day before they were due, and didn’t study for tests. This lead to a lot of un-needed stress, so during the holidays I made a decision; this term I plan to study a lot (that would be cool if you were actually hot). As usual though, the best made plans seem to fail, and I seem to be procrastinating just as much, if not more, than last term. It’s not like I don’t think about doing it; I set out time and structure it per subject, but then the internet or the tv distracts me and suddenly it’s eleven pm yet again and I’ve written two sentences of a six page assignment, or haven’t started that homework due tomorrow, or studied for that test it’s likely I’ll fail. I do always get everything done, don’t get me wrong (ok, I admit, I never do get around to studying for tests), but it’s always the day before it’s due, which freaks me (and my parents) out, as it’s midnight and I’m still trying to describe my households waste generation, or write an essay on Rasputin’s influence in the downfall of Tsar Nicholas’s reign, or complete a practice school certificate exam. This is where I thank my lucky stars that I’m half-smart, as I can do this and still get relatively good marks (an assignment done the night before it’s due usually averages a 90%). I just really need to break this habit before my senior years. I mean, it’s been all fine and dandy leaving everything until the last minute until now, but when the work is hard and actually matters, well, that’s when I start to need to begin my work earlier. I just have such a short attention span and get distracted so easily.
My elective history assignment is due tomorrow. I planned my whole day around finishing it, I even turned down a shift at work tonight (I missed one yesterday for a family thing so they’re being nice and trying to give me one to make up for it. Luckily I don’t really need the money) so I could get it done without any stress. And yet, it’s four thirty, I’ve been working on it for six hours and it’s still not done. Want to know why? Because I go to do it and then have genius ideas like writing a blog post about procrastinating instead of actually doing my work. I have written three quarters of it, but something tells me I’ll still be working on it late into tonight. Did I mention I’ve had five weeks to do this? Don’t even make me think of the Rostrum speech that I’m meant to be presenting on Tuesday and is as yet a half formed introduction in my head. Or about studying for the three tests I have this week, including the maths one I’m likely going to fail because I don’t really get it, and instead of asking for help I’ve been copying my homework answers out of the text book. Just don’t.
Seriously, aside from working on my lametop where I can’t get onto anything distracting, does anyone have any ideas that can help me with my study/work habits?
frangipani princess xoxo