Day 47: procrastination, my old friend

As all my friends and family know, I am a horrible procrastinator.  Not in all aspects of my life; in fact, most of the time I like to plan, organize, and accomplish tasks and goals in a timely manner.  However, I always procrastinate with schoolwork.  I have been doing this since high school.  I wait, and wait, and wait…then as the deadline comes approaches, I scramble to finish my work.  I have done this all the way through my bachelor’s degree and even now in my master’s, with the exception of the large papers and finals.  Why do I keep doing this?  I’m not sure, except that I have no real motivation to not do it.  I pull excellent grades while procrastinating, so why take the extra time?  I stay up late anyways, so I get no incentive from more sleep.  As much as I hate to admit this, it is almost a habit I cannot break now.

As you’re reading this, I’m sure you’re thinking, What are you doing?  Stop writing this and go study!  My friend Renee sent me this via Pinterest (which by the way, is one of the best and worst ways to procrastinate).  It’s too perfect for me, as you can see:

 

Honestly, I know that I should be studying more and should stop waiting until the last minute.  I find myself distracted with other things, like crafts, books, my children, my husband…the list could go on.  Lately, the procrastination has been catching up on shows like One Tree Hill and Intervention (guilty pleasures), trying new craft stuff with the kids, and reading books for enjoyment rather than necessity.  I think this is because I am so ready to be done with classes.  I get a week off in between each of my classes, and I love those weeks.  I have willingly put myself through schooling, with all the studying, stress, and loans looming over my head.  And I will be so thrilled to have my master’s degree and to accomplish yet another goal.  But I am also so ready to be done with studying!  I am ready for a job, for time with my family, and for time where I’m not thinking about discussion boards, papers, and research journals to read.  College has done everything I wanted and needed it to:  it has expanded my mind, it has educated me, and it has given me confidence knowing that I have accomplished multiple degrees.  But everything has to end – my end comes in four more classes and a large project and comprehensive exam, all to be completed by the end of this year.  The end is in sight!

One last picture to ponder and smile about.  Addie is my study partner, although not the best one.  She is usually too loud, she flips through the pages of my books, she shuts my laptop when I’m writing, and she craves my attention.  But the one thing she always does is decide to snuggle while I’m reading….and she then falls asleep.  I caught this on camera the other day.  How can I not want to procrastinate and snuggle my child instead of study, especially when she does this?

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