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Procrastinating

To postpone till another day; to put off from day to day; to defer, delay.

Procrastinating cartoon

We all do it sometimes. However, when you need to revision the desire to do it is strong and the consequences can be bad.

9 “reasons” for not working

  1. I am really tired
  2. I don’t want to do it now
  3. I will miss out on the fun happening now
  4. I don’t have everything I need
  5. I have plenty of time
  6. I don’t feel inspired
  7. I have other things to do
  8. I don’t have enough time to get it all done
  9. I work better under pressure

Now be honest with yourself – how many of these have you used at some time?

Probably quite a few of them, maybe even all of them – let’s look at each of them in turn.

I am really tired

Sleeper

Of course you are… you’re a teenager...

Teenage brains just need more sleep

Stressed because of work? Well this may interrupt your sleep...

    So you get less done...

        So you get more stressed about work...

            Etc……

Rather than using it as an excuse, think

   But I can still make a small start right now, and then rest

 

 

I don’t want to do it now

Of course you don’t

Very few people just revise for fun

Want has nothing much to do with it – you need to revise

Dont-want-to

Also worth thinking longer term

I don’t want to be working in MacDonald’s earning minimum wage when I’m forty…

Rather than using it as an excuse, think

   But later won’t be any better, so I may as well try to get started

It’s unlikely that you will suddenly want to do trigonometry…

 

 

I will miss out on the fun

Maybe true

However, exactly what fun stuff happens in Swindon on wet Tuesday at 11:15am?

Wet Swindon

Rather than using it as an excuse, think

   But if I get some of it done, I can reward myself with other fun later

Bribe yourself…

 

 

I don’t have everything I need

OK you can’t perform heart surgery with the correct kit:
   - But revision is not like that…

Tools

Rather than using it as an excuse, think

   But I can still try to make a start on some bits of the task

For example if you don’t have your copy of Macbeth, trying Googling Macbeth, the whole text is available on line…

 

I have plenty of time

It might seem that way…

Melted clock

Rather than using it as an excuse, think

   Better to get on top of it now than leave it to the last minute

 

 

I don’t feel inspired

Fair enough

Contemporary geographical issues in industry probably doesn’t inspire you

Inspiration may be necessary for winning the Nobel prize in physics

   But not for revising for most exams

Rather than using it as an excuse, think

   But if I get started, the inspiration may follow, I can’t just wait around for inspiration to arrive

Let face it Contemporary geographical issues in industry may never inspire you!

 

 

I have other things to do

Of course you do

    - There is always something else to do!

Rather than using it as an excuse, think

   But they are not more important and can be done after this

 

 

I don’t have enough time

The White Rabbit

May or may not be true

   Either way it is not an excuse

Rather than using it as an excuse, think

   But that doesn’t mean I can’t get some of it done now

Quite the opposite in fact!

 

 

I work better under pressure

Often this is a lie put around by people who leave things to the last minute

And often is not as true as people would like to think…

Who wants to be an idiot

Rather than using it as an excuse, think

   But it is still worth making a start now, because if I leave things too late it can backfire

 

 

Bart