If You Do Any Of These 7 Things You Put The "Pro" In Procrastination

If You Do Any Of These 7 Things You Put The "Pro" In Procrastination

You are probably reading this article instead of doing work, aren't you?
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Congratulations to the people who have their life together! You know who you are, the individuals who are turning assignments in days in advance, working diligently at all times and never straying focus from the task at hand. Truly I can say I am proud of you. Unfortunately, however, I will never be you. I am what people would refer to as a "master procrastinator," and if you are doing any of the 7 things I list below, you probably are too.

1. Consistently turning in assignments at 11:57 PM.

I can assure you, if the deadline is 11:59 PM, there is no chance that it will be turned in before 11:00 PM. Its just not who I am.

2. Having mental breakdowns when you realize how much work is actually due.

Everything is fine and dandy when that deadline is a week away, but somehow that week disappears rapidly. Next thing you know, you have two papers, a discussion post, and a quiz due in 12 hours. This can not be good for my mental health.

3. Forever losing sleep because you refuse to be productive earlier.

Yes, I could've done this assignment earlier but unfortunately I got very caught up in watching Vine compilations on Youtube. Its no big deal though, I'm sure I will be fine tomorrow if I only get about 45 minutes of sleep.

4. Calculating the exact amount of time necessary to get an assignment done.

"So if I start this assignment at exactly 12:53 PM I can have it completed for my 4:00 PM class... maybe."

5. Getting easily distracted by basically everything.

When it comes to getting work done early, literally anything seems more appealing. Instead of being productive, let me stare out of the window for an hour. Or watch cooking tutorials on Facebook. Or stalk that girl in my sorority's, boyfriend's, best friend's, cousin who lives in Colorado. ANYTHING but work.

6. Mastering being productive during the "crunch time."

Yeah I may not have been able to get anything accomplished before now, but as soon it comes to the crunch time, my concentration is unparalleled. And so is my stress.

7. That feeling of victory when you have completed an assignment the night before the due date when your professor told you that you couldn't.

"This is not an assignment that you can do overnight, you have to work on it over time." BET. We will see about that won't we?

All in all, this really is not a healthy lifestyle and I wholeheartedly do not recommend. However, for all of my fellow pros at procrastination, keep working. Maybe one day we can all get our lives together.

Cover Image Credit: Buenosia Carol

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7 Truths About Being A Science Major

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Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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How I Escaped My Hoarding Tendencies

I was once a hoarder.

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Up until my third year of college, I kept everything. I had notes, homework, and tests from all of my classes starting in kindergarten, all the way until my college years. My walls were filled with photos, art, birthday and thank-you cards, plane and movie tickets, receipts, and even interesting shopping bags I'd collected over the years. Drawers were stuffed with random pieces of toys with which I felt strong emotional connections. I still kept clothes from elementary school that I certainly could not wear anymore, but for some reason felt that I needed to keep.

Despite being a hoarder, I was still quite organized. My room, usually messy, was relatively well-organized. However, during college, something for me changed. I was suddenly annoyed with all of the things I had kept over the years, and wanted a clean slate. I tore everything down from my walls, pulled out all the clothes in my closet, and decided to start over.

This whole adventure of me decluttering my room took three full days, dozens of trash bags full of items to donate, and so much excess emotional garbage. When I was finally finished, I felt so much emotional relief. While I really enjoyed sifting through every piece of paper that I had written, every exam I had taken, every toy and card that had been gifted to me, and all the clothes that no longer fit me, I was happy to finally be finished. My head hurt from the nostalgia, but I slept incredibly well that night.

Since then, I've learned how to live on a minimal amount of stuff. My room is usually tidy and I've found cleaning and organizing to be addicting and cathartic. I now keep only things with which I have strong emotional connections, like the bracelet my now-deceased grandmother gave me and the farewell letters written by my friends before I moved away for graduate school.

With fewer concrete memorabilia stowed away, I can cherish the memories that mean the most to me and focus on identifying the memories happening in the present that I want to remember forever.

Tidying up also helped me achieve a lot of my career goals in life. I don't think this success would have been possible if I had been disorganized and distracted by the past that cluttered my room.

With all of that said, I still have a long ways to go in terms of tidying my life. My work life is definitely not as organized as my home life. My desk and computer files are not organized in the best way, but I hope to implement my personal life philosophy into my work life in the future. My social and familial life are also quite disorganized. After moving to a new city, I found the initial socializing to be overwhelming and struggled to prioritize the people I wanted to spend time with. However, I am slowly working to improve this balance of my social and familial life.

While I am still on this journey, I wanted to share the impact that decluttering has had on my so far and hope that this would inspire you to identify things you can declutter in your own life.

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