Perfecting the Art of Procrastination

Perfecting the Art of Procrastination

“I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” -Jerome K. Jerome

It seems to come every semester. That stretch in time where you can't seem to get anything done. Your work is piling up, and you just don't care. It's finally warm, it's light out until nearly 8 p.m., summer's on your mind, you have better things to do, et cetera.

I would say that this semester has definitely been my heaviest workload yet.  Between working nearly full time, taking a class, doing an independent study (for my school as part of my credits for being down here, not necessarily something everyone has to do) and doing all my papers and projects here and there for programming I just feel like I can never catch a break.  I knew I would have work this semester, I just didn’t realize it would be this much.

And for the most part, I have kept on top of my stuff.  I’ve been a lot better with time management, I would start things early to give myself enough time to finish them, I keep my stuff organized, I write things down immediately so I would have a constant reminder of when things are do and what I need to get done. 

But in the last few weeks, I feel like I’ve started to hit a mental block.   I still do work every night, but distractions are becoming more and more appealing.  I get home, I have all these papers to do, and yet I still end up going outside running for an hour.  Then when I get back, I end up watching TV for another hour.  Then its like "oh, wow, my bed looks reeeeallllyyyy nice right now," and the process begins again.  I have exactly two weeks left in Washington and need to finish two papers, my civic engagement project, a take-home final, and my TWC professional portfolio before that point.  I know these phases always seem to pass, but I’ve got Easter break on my mind (going home to NJ for the first time in a while) and then I only have a week after that and it's summer.  There are also so many more things in DC that I want to see and do, and my time is running out.  Its hard to strike a balance between doing responsibilities and fun when there’s just so many things you don’t want to pass up.  But for now, I have two papers that I have to finish that I should have done already.  Over and out, until a show I want to watch comes on in 40 minutes.

Case in point: Sunday night, I get home around 8:30 after spending the weekend away.  As soon as I walk in the door, all the while mentally preparing myself to start one of my assignments, Lauren comes at me and reminds that I had promised I'd go to see the monuments at night with her sometime.  Just so happened, that "sometime" occured Sunday night.  It was like 65 degrees out, I couldn't say no.  Whatever.

Lauren and me in front of the Lincoln Memorial

The WWII Memorial and the Washington Monument

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