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Sunday and Homework

Posted by Cyn | Posted in College, Health | Posted on 09-03-2008

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I've got to stop this. I keep procrastinating each week, so I end up with a bunch of homework to do on Sunday. Blah. I know perfectly well that I shouldn't do that, because I can't count on being able to focus on any particular day. I even advised other students with FMS against procrastinating, for that very reason. So why do I end up, every week, racing the clock to get it all done?

Not only is it stupid for me, it's a bad example for the girl. And it adds to my stress, which makes me feel worse. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

I know part of it is a perfectionism/OCD thing. I put it off because my brain isn't focusing marvelously, even though rationally I know that it doesn't ever do that any more, and I'm not going to get magically less foggy on Sunday just because I have assignments due.

I fall into doing other things, too, then get obsessed with doing them perfectly and spend hours on what should have been a 15-minute job. For instance, I was just going to add the books I'm reading at the moment to Now Reading yesterday, and instead of stopping there I ended up putting in a bunch of books I want to read, and completing entry of series I read in the past, and adding images to some records that were missing them, and…

This, of course, is also when I get stuck on things like, "This desk is too cluttered. I've got to put some things away. Where is that piece of paper with the new doctor's number on it? Oh, I need to call…" Half the things that start whirring through my head as my urgent can't even be done on the weekends, anyway, like making appointments or checking on my Social Security claim. Making to-do lists helps get some of them out of my head, but I don't need to be making lists or blogging or anything else. I need to be studying!

I just realized that part of my "save it for Sunday" thing has to do with Sunday being Sam's podcasting day. If he's available, I'd rather spend time with him than study. He won't be available on Sunday, so I know I won't have anything better to do then. It would be far more functional, though, to be working on next week's assignments while he's busy, rather than scurrying to get things finished on time.

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Comments (4)

It still strug­gle with pro­cras­ti­na­tion — such as the 46 guest wel­come let­ters I need to proof-read.

I find that a *good* task man­age­ment sys­tem (Get­ting Things Done, Fly­La­dy, etc.) helps enor­mous­ly. GTD, in par­tic­u­lar, has “con­texts”. What I do with con­texts involves brain states: her­mit, socia­ble, easy, thought, etc. Add that to a good dead­line sys­tem, and things get eas­i­er. No more hun­dred lit­tle things fly­ing around in my head, they are writ­ten down.

My cur­rent love is Omni­Fo­cus (Mac only). I sit down at the com­put­er, check out my list, change con­text if nec­es­sary, and do some­thing that real­ly needs to get done. The trick is that you must actu­al­ly review the sta­tus of all your projects and goals, about once a week. But that 15 – 30 min­utes saves me 3 hours over the course of the week.

All of the exter­nal tricks and memes and oth­er things meant to help you get on track won’t and usu­al­ly don’t work. The rea­son is sim­ple. You aren’t hav­ing fun in school. If things WERE fun, you’d do them first. But they’re not. They’re a CHORE. And chores are always easy to put off. Because they aren’t fun. And fun ALWAYS comes first. As it should be.

Its tough some­times to do things exact­ly when you want them done!