Just Keep Working

By Amy Zeis

It’s 10 p.m. on a Sunday night, and you have a paper due at 9 a.m. on that book you just skimmed read. Luckily, over the course of the weekend, you managed to get your introduction paragraph out of the way. Only 6 more pages to go!

You’re so screwed.

However, instead of diligently banging out the rest of your paper while hyped up on various caffeinated beverages, you find yourself on Facebook, stalking the various people you met over the weekend and untagging yourself in the hideous pictures of you taken at that highlighter party on Friday night. One minute its 10 p.m. and you innocently pull up Facebook as a way to take a short study break, and the next thing you know it’s midnight.

Okay, so you finally sit down at your desk to write that paper that’s due tomorrow and you notice how filthy your computer screen is. Obviously you need to clean it…now. When you finish you look up to find that your room is in a state of complete disorder! Clearly it can’t be left like this, so you clean that is well. As you work you hum the son that has been stuck in your head since Friday night’s party – seriously, who sings that song!? You Google the song and finally discover the artist, when you realize that earlier in the day your friend was also stumped by the name of the artist. You can’t withhold such significant information! You’ll just head to Facebook for a few seconds to write on her wall…. Wait. What am I doing? I’m rambling. And do you know why? Procrastination. I’m clearly procrastinating when I should be getting to the point of this post: How to beat procrastination.

While I’m evidently not an expert on the most effective ways to fight procrastination, I do have two suggestions that may help an unfortunate student who just can’t seem to get their work done.

When I’m sitting at my desk staring at the only paragraph I’ve written for my six-page paper, unmistakably struggling from a bad case of writer’s block, I head to Pandora. There’s nothing like a good jam late at night to get the creative juices flowing. As I bang my head to the beat, I can easily bang out some pretty solid paragraphs. Put in your earphones and blast your favorite songs! Just make sure they’re upbeat. It’s pretty hard to get excited about doing homework when you’re listening to a loop of sappy “I just broke up with my significant other” type ballads. If the music is correctly chosen, you’ll feel like you’re in your own little musical study bubble paradise. Let the writing commence.

If music doesn’t crumble that writer’s block or keep you focused on the task at hand, try thinking of the most accomplished person you know. While you’re sitting at your desk twittling your fingers, what is this person doing? Finding a cure for cancer? Opening up a chain of highly successful convenience stores? Writing the code for the newest social network? Get on your game, man! This genius over here is practically three fourths of the way to their first Nobel Peace Prize and you can’t even write two paragraphs? It’s time to do catch up. All you have to do is sit down and finish your paper. You can work on that world peace thing later.

No matter what method works best for you, just try avoid these things: Facebook, television, Facebook, friends, anything slightly amusing, Facebook, and oh, did I mention Facebook? These things are only looking to trap you in the clutches of procrastination! Sit down and do work, it’ll be worth it in the…Wow. Is my computer screen really that dirty?

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