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This is thread for dread associated with procrastination.

E.g.
It's already almost 10 pm and you're not even finished with homework from your first class yet and you have an essay from government that you haven't even started on and you know tonight is going to suck.

The question remains...

why do I keep letting this happen
  
Ugh, I get that! For some reason, I can't help but keep procrastinating on my assignments :((((
Of course, I'm just realizing that I'm procrastinating by writing about procrastination. LOL
Like, of all the things I procrastinate for, it's physics for me now. Of course...why do I keep doing this to myself?

But anyway, here are some tips that help me out:

1. Bring a snack and a drink with you. This way you won't feel the need to go to the kitchen for a bite.
2. Turn your phone, if you have one with you, on silent. Or, if you can't trust yourself, put it in another room.
3. Eat the frog first. In other words, do the hardest, most boring, or otherwise the toughest assignment to get through.
4. Try using the Pomodoro Technique. Set a timer for 20 to 30 minutes (you can adjust this to your liking). Once the timer is up, take a 5-minute break. Then, rinse and repeat.
5. If you choose to listen to music, pick ones without lyrics or lots of intensity. Even though my favourite songs are incredibly uplifting, they often end up being the most distracting. Instrumental songs or orchestral music is a good choice. Otherwise, put the music away.

I hope this helps in some way.

Or not.
  
In the next four weeks I have to write: a 20 minute presentation on relativistic quantum mechanics, a literature review and accompanying presentation, a research proposal on superatoms (about which I know fuck all) and a 15,000 word dissertation on novel research and my coping mechanism is procrastination.

Shit.
  
I have three classes' worth of essays to mark by Monday. I've had them since two weeks ago. I've barely started. Ugh.
  
every poster so far has a post count below 100 lol
  
I think that this happens with everyone. Everyone procrastinates, then regrets it.
  
I second that. I think it's a short term benefit for me; you have enjoyment and lack of boredom, then you're cramming at the last minute.
  
e-bag said:
I think that this happens with everyone. Everyone procrastinates, then regrets it.


To an extent. my fun brain cocktail of ADHD, anxiety and perfectionism makes procrastination a particularly hard obstacle for me, despite my best efforts to develop good habits. Everyone procrastinates but some people physically can't make themselves do things sometimes and it suuuucks
  
who would've thought i'd be back here


ughh
haven't started on this ap gov fipad yet

timezone is est you do the math

sorry jeez
  
I procrastinate so much and then I can't work on my work because I'm so stressed about it so I either cry or sleep instead and then I have more work to do that I've procrastinated on by crying or sleeping so I cry and sleep more and this makes no sense so let me rephrase:

I procrastinate by crying and sleeping because I have so much work to do. That creates more work.
Vicious cycle ensues.
  
I have an essay due on Tuesday that I haven't started yet. I suppose that the procrastination isn't at its most dire quite yet, but I thought I would be able to at least get started today. However I woke up this morning and was just in a mindset of "I hate everything," and so I haven't been able to get any work done.
  
Got a pretty significant assignment due on Wednesday and Friday, really should pick up the pace on those.
I really need to put more pressure on myself.
Motivation is hard to come by-- and I don't even have anything better to do nowadays.

Monitoring schoolwork digitally is much less grounding than typical, in-person work.
Maybe I should somehow make things more... tangible
  
I am a professional procrastinator. I work my most efficient when I am an hour away from the deadline.
  
How can you tell that time is more efficient and not just more intensive?
  
I am a professional procrastinator. I work my most efficient when I am an hour away from the deadline.
That only works until a certain point in education.
  
That wonderful moment of last-minute efficiency/adrenaline definitely wanes once you grow older-- and it really sacrifices the quality of your work. Assignments usually require more time to process and reorganize in your head before spitting it onto a word document.
unless you're prepared beforehand.
but even that is unreliable as days go by.

Also, I need to get back on my Wednesday project. Get to it.
  
thanksgiving break is giving me so many days in a row to spend on procrastinating. thank god.
  
what about procrastinating by playing games and then forgetting about the assignment so it just never gets done and now i have a crap ton of missing assignments?
  
adsfjlk; said:
what about procrastinating by playing games and then forgetting about the assignment so it just never gets done and now i have a crap ton of missing assignments?


my life story.

whenever i get stressed (which is about every 15 minutes of schoolwork) i will take a break and go play a round of a game or check discord. i never get anything done.
  
So it's a less effective version of the Pomodoro technique?
  
what is the promodo technique
  
The Pomodoro technique is where you set a timer for a given amount of time (e.g. 15-30 minutes) and you spend that time totally focused on what you need to get done. Once that timer stops, you can have a 5-minute break. Then, repeat until your work is done.

Try using the Pomodoro Technique. Set a timer for 20 to 30 minutes (you can adjust this to your liking). Once the timer is up, take a 5-minute break. Then, rinse and repeat.


I also said it earlier in this thread
  
oh yeah i guess exept i dont really get much done
  
Good luck on finals to anyone old enough to have finals. The rest of you: get back on your google classrooms.
  
Woo, finals. Two weeks from now. How fun!

I should be studying, but I'm on this cursed site instead.
  
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