For my last blog, I decided to do a challenge that is probably most difficult of all for me (even though they were all pretty tough at times). I attempted to not procrastinate any of my work for the week and get it done the day it was assigned. Since I take 2 online classes, all of my work for the whole week for those classes are due on Sundays. Me, being the piece of shit I am, naturally waits until Sunday afternoon to start all of this work. It’s all fun and games during the week when I get to go out and have my fun, but when Sunday hits, let me tell you, it is scary.
Day 1: So for one of my psychology classes, I have a forum post assigned each week, but they are not checked and graded until the last day of the semester. So of course I haven’t done one in six weeks, which means I planned to cram it all into the last couple days before it was due. I took today to finish these posts so I don’t have to worry about them when finals week comes around. These forums have been in the back of my mind every week and still I pushed them off, so the relief I felt after I submitted the last one was unreal. I COULD HAVE just done them when they were assigned and saved myself some anxiety and time like a good student, but of course not.
Day 2: I have a final 5 page research paper due in one of my classes next week, which I already started because the professor collected a rough draft, but I have to make many revisions and do a lot more research. I have been DREADING even looking at this paper ever since I handed in that draft because I knew how much more work needed to be done. Today I sit my ass down in the library (haven’t been there in a minute), turned off my phone, and typed away for about an hour and a half, and I was so in the zone that I surpassed the page minimum of 5 pages. My phone is always a huge distraction while I’m doing work so if I don’t turn off notifications it almost never gets done. Sitting in a quiet place and getting rid of distractions is super helpful if you tend to procrastinate because then you have no opportunity to focus on anything but the work that you need to do. I finished the paper and handed it in a whole week early… I kid you not I have never done such a thing.
Day 3: So today I took a break from the school work, and finally made my Christmas list that my family has been nagging me about for almost a month. This literally wasn’t hard at all considering I only am asking for 5 things, but still I somehow managed to keep putting it off no matter how many family members asked me to send it to them. Every time someone asked me I would say “I’m really busy today, I’ll send it to you tomorrow” and then never do it. I’m happy I got this done with because honestly if I waited much longer I probably would not be receiving any gifts this year and I’d have nobody to blame except myself.
Pushing myself throughout this challenge showed me that it is so worth it to do my work as soon as possible and takes so much unnecessary stress and anxiety off my shoulders. Doing things last minute is not only extremely stressful, but it is never done to the best of my ability because I’m usually rushing to get it done by a deadline. Setting aside some time and doing a little bit of work each day is so important in college to keep yourself on track and make you feel like you’ve got your life together, because take it from me, there’s literally no worse feeling than having one day to do a whole week’s worth of work.