Two years ago, I said that my next post would be about the evils of procrastination. Well, I guess I showed you! You’ve probably failed all of your classes without my help. Just kidding! Unfortunately, when senior year and jobs come along, blogs get tossed by the wayside, but I’m back! I graduated with my B.A. in English and maintained a 4.0 throughout! So, I must have done something right.
Seriously, procrastination is not a good thing when it comes to school. I’ve heard I don’t know how many times someone say, “Man, I’m so tired. I stayed up all night writing this paper.” Are. you. serious? Let’s go back to the blog about being ready for the first day of classes and having your syllabi printed out. If you paid attention to my advice there and wrote down all of the due dates, you should never be surprised by a paper that’s due the next day. Here are a few reasons why procrastination is not your friend.
You think your professors can’t tell when you wrote a paper in one night? Please. They’ve been doing this since before you were born. They can tell the difference between a well-researched and thought-out essay versus one that you threw together with the help of caffeine and energy drinks (which will probably end up killing you, just sayin’). Sure, you may get a B or C on that haphazard essay, but wouldn’t you rather get an A and know how hard you worked for it? Again, you want professors to remember you for good reasons, not bad. When you graduate and need references but don’t have any because you’ve never had a job, guess who have to be your references: PROFESSORS. And if you’ve been a good student, they will write you good references.
You know what else is bad about procrastination? The stress that comes along with it. Some people thrive on that stress, I guess it’s part of that whole “thrill seeker” mentality which I don’t have, but seriously, stress isn’t good for you. College students get admitted to the hospital for panic attacks that are school related. You don’t need that kind of drama in your life. Remember, this blog is about is College – Drama + Success.
So, what can you do to avoid procrastinating? Whip out that planner I told you to buy or use that calendar app and write down all of your quizzes, tests, papers, etc and actually look at the calendar. Use those post-it notes and remind yourself of what’s coming up in the week. Two papers due on the same day? Don’t panic! Plan ahead and write one early. I know, gasp! One time, I had three papers due on the same day, THREE. What did I do? I planned ahead. I wrote one a month early, the second three weeks early, and the third a week early. Maybe I’m just crazy, but I definitely wasn’t stressed out. I even turned them all in early, which impressed my professors, remember the importance of that. Another time, when I was writing my 15+ page paper for my senior seminar, I started writing it a month in advance and it took nearly the entire month to write it, rewrite it, edit it, edit it again, and then throw it at my professor. I’m serious. My friend has made facebook posts about me:
Friend: “I don’t know what it is about this semester. I’m just not motivated.”
Me: “Ugh I know. I’m starting to procrastinate so bad.”
Friend: “Oh whatever. Your procrastination is deciding to do something 2 months ahead instead of 5.”
The sooner you get something out of the way, the sooner you will have time to enjoy your college experience. But the thing about college is that it’s COLLEGE. You are there to LEARN and get a DEGREE so that you can get a JOB and make MONEY. And in this economy, that’s hard enough. Don’t make it harder by procrastinating. Now, hopefully it won’t be another two years before I write another post. I’m thinking my next topic will be tips on how to study.