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Procrastination Consequences

Whether you’re taking 12 credit hours or 18, chances are you know what it’s like to get busy, stressed out, and put things off. If you have a test on Friday and it’s only Monday, do you really feel the need to start studying almost a whole week before the actual test? Probably not, and I don’t blame you because I’m the same way. I don’t know exactly why but I can’t bring myself to look at an assignment a week or two early and start to work on it.  Prioritizing plays a big role in procrastination.

If you prioritize, you know that you can efficiently put your assignments, tests dates, and due dates in order from how important they are to least important or which is closest or approaching fast. It can be easy to procrastinate and not think about something until the week or even a few days before it’s due. There are serious consequences to procrastinating and you might not even realize how much they are affecting you. It can be easy to say you will do it the next day or in a few hours and keep putting of your work or studying but you will end up regretting that decision in the long run when you are scrambling to get things done or cram your brain with information on the test you have in several hours.

Procrastinating can make you stress out about certain deadlines and when you spend all of your weekends barely looking at your schoolwork you can feel distant from it and a little caught off guard. When you procrastinate, you can sometimes underestimate the assignment or test and not study enough or not do the assignment with enough effort and research. This is a way that your grade will be brought down just by procrastinating. You can miss the deadline completely if you really aren’t paying attention and are unorganized. Procrastination is a serious matter that you need to control at some point in your life or you will always be half a step behind your workload.

The power of video streaming

Times used to be much simpler. That came with the good and bad, the ups and downs. However, the time of either catching your favorite show or missing it and becoming the laughing stock of the town is over. Using various methods, anyone can access their shows and movies by using the Internet. Well, unless you’re my grandma.

The battle between Netflix and HuluPlus.  Graphic from Geek
The battle between Netflix and HuluPlus.
Graphic from Geek

Some of the most known and popular video-viewing websites are Hulu and Netflix. They both are a little different and provide different videos to stream, however they both have the same purpose. These give their customers great power and freedom, but we all know one simple thing: With great power comes great viewing responsibility. These powers can be used for good or great evil. The outcome is up to you.

Hulu is an ad-supported website that lets users view different shows, movies, and clips with limited access. Upgrading to Hulu Plus allows customers special privileges and more content. Essentially, you can stream a show the day after it airs if you’ve upgraded. If you don’t pay for the Hulu Plus subscription, you’re limited to seeing the show one week after it airs. Personally, the suspense was killing me, so I forked over the fee.

Netflix is can is a paid-for Internet service that allows you to stream movies and television shows on multiple devices and/or order DVDs for rental. The great thing about it is that there are no commercials. That means, there’s no break in between episodes for you to realize that your paper is due in two hours.

Although both these websites can be good tools for professors and students alike, it can inspire a lot of procrastination. To some, the background noise may work as a concentration tool too. At this point, they’ve been around long enough for them to become part of our every day routines.

These are some of the good and bad associated with using them long-term:

HULU:

GOOD:

Use Hulu so that you can watch television without watching it in real time and missing a deadline.

BAD:

-Catch up on your show, using your cell phone during your Art History class.

NETFLIX:

GOOD:

-Have an episode of The Office playing while you work on a homework assignment.

BAD:

Marathon an entire season of The Walking Dead in one day the night before an exam because you want to figure out who dies before tumblr can spoil it for you.

 

How about we focus

Hitting the snooze button over six times each morning is probably not a good sign. For many students, this has already become routine. However much it hurts to admit it, though, this needs to stop. There are still quite a few weeks before the end of the semester. The only way to get through it is to get motivated.

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Stop hitting the snooze button and get motivated! Graphic by Grace Higginbotham

A positive attitude can go a long way in doing your studies. Telling oneself, “I can do this,” really helps. Repeat it like a mantra and it’ll help you succeed. Make sure that you budget your time too. Creating a calendar and mapping out your assignments will help you get a head start on projects and studying. You don’t want to be the one in your class that gets a nasty “surprise” paper to write. This can create chaos and should be avoided.

This may seem extremely difficult, but once you have a career goal, go out and find someone who is already doing it. Learn how this person was able to get where they are. Don’t forget to check your progress in your classes as well. When checking grades, you’re informed of what needs to be done and what’s expected of you. Also, remember that being a student is a job in itself and to move up, attendance is key. Falling behind is easy when there’s no one to force you to go to class besides you.

To further treat school as a profession, pretend each professor is your boss. Don’t be disrespectful, no matter how boring the lecture is. Keep your phone out of your hands. Don’t text or scroll on Tumblr. Also, get to know your teachers better and engage in a conversation with them. This can further your understanding of the material. It’s also good to feel like you know where your professor stands.

Working hard and fixing your mistakes can not only improve your grade, but excel your assignment to the next level. Besides, creating something to be proud of really boosts self-esteem! Also, don’t forget to ask questions in class as soon as you can if something is unclear. Some professors can be difficult to reach due to scheduling. If possible, try and participate in meetings with other students that are a positive influence and help you focus on getting your work done. A good working environment is priceless.

Porn fixes everything

I’m sure we’re all familiar with the traditional uses of porn, but few are willing to admit that it can be a great asset to your everyday life. Porn can fix most of your problems. Sexual frustration and sexual confusion are obvious, but what about other issues?

Warning: I don’t promise that there will be no consequences from these examples and am not liable for them.

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Weekly Time Wasters: Crisps and the Obama phone

Welcome to another installment of the column that I know all of you wait around with bated breath all week for, the Weekly Time Wasters! I have nothing to say here but my editor insisted I have an introduction. I don’t mind as I now have a chance to talk to all you lovely people. So how was your day? Good? Mine too. Now that that’s over, let’s get into the good stuff and waste some time. If you like what you see leave a comment and let me know. If you stumble across something elsewhere that’s so funny that you have no choice but to share it with the world, put it in the comments. There’s a good chance it could make it into next weeks Time Waster. And now, an enjoyable 15 minutes that you will never get back. Continue reading Weekly Time Wasters: Crisps and the Obama phone