The Six Year Plan - Papers, Partying, and Procrastination

Dear Reader,

A college student's life is often jam-packed of everything you’ll ever want to do, ever, and then some. You have the slightest taste of “real world” problem, just in the realm of being able to handle them, the freedom of social independence, and the comfort (for the lucky some of us) of financial backing. You feel capable and strong, with an ethical code you don’t even allow God to judge. For the most part, you are in your prime, and should take advantage of it; do what you can. The problem for most of us is sometimes, on a nice day, warm in bed…. You just want to like, you know…stay there.

Mmm, cozy.

That’s cool, bro. You’re a confident, intelligent, even maybe cultured student. There’s always tomorrow.

And here we come across the famous and well-known problem plaguing productivity today. One that has caused well-meaning students to miss large papers, have to pull unnecessary all-nighters, and sometimes, get other people to write their blog post for them because they discovered they ran out of time. ( hey there )


PROCRASTINATION

So, as students, you have a lot on your plate. And if you don’t, well, you probably should. There’s school, work, and a fragile social life all hanging in the balance. It’s difficult to maintain everything at its best, and sometimes you have to refer to this handy chart the Internet keeps shuffling around in order to figure out how you’re keeping up.


You may ask, Dear Reader, “what do?” And in response to your enthusiastic query, I will be kind enough to offer some wonderful time management techniques that may help you score an A on that test, sleep till noon, and bang that girl you’ve been staring at in all your classes. (How did she get there??)

ONE

Firstly, try not to take on too much. Try to do a lot, sure, but don’t take on 20+credit schedules, a full time job, party scenes, golfing club, and basket weaving, and expect to get a wink of sleep. Some people can handle this, but they are not the average human, and you might want to keep your distance.

TWO

Make lists/schedules. This has been helping me (a procrastinator since way back, and still going strong) with making me feel more obligated to do this or that, and be done by a set time. Things are organized rather than left open and with an unknown amount of time and chores. A solution for those like me who have trouble acknowledging that time is an actual thing that happens. Crazy, right?

THREE

Set goals for yourself, an exercise in self-control. Say maybe an hour on a site you like or a hobby that relaxes you, or maybe a snack or tv show episode. Be creative, there’s a couple things you could do here, and it’s a method supported by a variety of sources that a quick google search should help you out with. The most famous and profit-making version of this is probably the Pomodoro technique.

FOUR

Instead of goals, set restrictions! Install internet programs that don’t allow you to surf certain sites, block yourself from time-wasting activities. (I use StayFocusd for Chrome). Hide the TV remote, lock up all your games and books, and turn off your cell phone. Getting your work done is hopefully more entertaining than staring at a wall (though some may beg to differ).

And FIVE

For when you’ve reached the breaking point: Don’t stress. Stressing out/Freaking out often takes up a large amount of time (sadly, knowledge gained from a variety of unhappy experiences). Don’t curl up in a ball and cry for 2 hours. You may not be in a mental state to act at your best, especially if you’re doing creative work, but try productive activities that just get you started, like brain storming words and ideas, making lists, or even just meditating for a bit.

There’s probably way better ideas and suggestions. You’re on the Internet, look it up yourself. If you still end up without enough time, don’t be afraid to ask someone to help you out. Sometimes you need it, and hopefully someone is willing to lend a hand (and maybe have you pay them back later).

Until Next Time

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