I am one of those people that tends to push things off until the last minute. In the past couple years, I’ve learned to make this procrastination more constructive — I know that if I have a deadline coming up in nine hours, I’m going to spend seven of those hours staring at the blank screen on my computer and not doing anything else about it. Instead of trying to push myself to do the work during those seven hours, I find something else to do with that time. It’s not the best course of action, but at the very least it guarantees that I will do something with that time.
This is not a great course of action for dealing with midterms, which will all be smacking me in the face at the same time right after this weekend is over with. I lucked out a little bit — my Japanese midterm and oral performance, both of which I was not prepared for, were moved to Monday due to the fact that Oregon is a wet white snowy mess right now. It’s nice because it gives me more time to study. It’s not so nice because I have an English midterm on Monday. And a different English midterm on Tuesday. And an 8-10 page psychology paper due on Wednesday. Oh, joy.
Just to spice things up a little bit, Life decided to throw some more stuff at me. My bus home on Wednesday had to take a half hour detour because a girl I went to school with got struck by a car and killed on our normal route. A family friend is in a coma right now and they don’t expect him to make it through the weekend. My aunt went in for surgery to get a brain tumor removed yesterday, and just when everyone was celebrating because it went okay they decided that they needed to operate again to try to remove more of it.
Life sucks. Life makes you deal with everything all at once, and just when you think you’re getting a break Life takes your free time away from you again. It happens. It’s okay to take a break from Life every once in a while, even if you’re busy. Give yourself some extra time to sleep. Read something you want to read. Play some virtual pool on your tablet. Procrastinate by ranting about your procrastination issues.If all you’re going to be paying for your suffering is a couple points off your GPA or something, then don’t worry. Give yourself a few hours to unwind. Then go back and tackle your project.
Keep your chin up. You’re going to ace those Life-curveball-equivalents-of-midterms. I am too.