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I have been feeling increasingly unmotivated and unenthusiastic during this last semester of grad school. I have been procrastinating even more than usual and doing fewer and fewer of the readings.

(Oddly, I have also found myself participating more in class, which perhaps means that my bullshitting skills have increased over the past year and a half.)

As I was describing all this to PiC, she told me what was going on in no uncertain terms: “You have senioritis.”

Huh.

She has a point. All the symptoms are there (minus the truancy/skipping class…for now). And it’s definitely worse when the weather is nice. It has all the makings of senioritis.

But, seriously, who gets senioritis during only a two year program?

Maybe the time has nothing to do with it. Maybe it’s just inevitable to get that slacking urge when you see the light at the end of the tunnel.

You know you’re so close that you could practically coast the rest of the way. Besides, it’s not like anyone wants to fail you. Right?

I think that’s what’s going on here. In 12 weeks, I’ll officially have my degree. In 10 weeks, though, I’ll have turned in every last final and will have my life back. My weekends, my evenings, my sanity, my money for things other than books and tuition – they will all be mine again.

Hopefully that motivation will be enough to power me through the next 70 days.

Because I just don’t care enough to try to find another cure.

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Finals count: 3 down, 1 to go.

The good: I turned in my two econ assignments yesterday and, barring a failing grade, I will never have to take another economics class. Ever again. That’s a Christmas present in and of itself.

The bad: I have yet to study for my International Affairs final that will take place in approximately 31 hours. I am, however, equating everything to globalization and balance of power, so maybe it’s sunk in more than I realized.

The heart attack: I turned in my history paper at the absolute last possible second last night, at 11:59pm. After it sent, I saw the clock turn over to midnight. Talk about sneaking in under the wire. (I guess technically this would be a “good,” but I thought I was going to vomit from the nerves.)

The saving grace: In 48 hours I will be on a plane, heading to Puerto Rico. I will not be stressing about school work; I won’t be able to compulsively check to see if my grades are posted; and, with any luck, I’ll come back with a tan in the middle of December.

That is, if I come back at all.

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Today’s the day.

Today marks the start of Marine Corps Marathon training. And, consequently, the beginning of the end of my social life. For the next 16 weeks, my weekends are down to one day (not necessarily a bad thing), so I can run anywhere from 10 to 22 miles on the other. My week nights will be dominated by easy runs, brutal hills, and speed workouts. And my free time…well, we’ll see what kind of energy is left.

I know it sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m not. Not really. I voluntarily signed up for this, and I’m excited to have a goal and a plan again. Not shockingly, I like structure.

But, that said, I’m also very much aware of how this is supposed to be my super fun summer – kind of a preemptive strike at grad school, which will shortly be dominating my life. I have a list, actually (I like lists – especially the checking off part), of all the fun things I want to do in and around DC and the day trips I want to take.

And you know how many things I’ve checked off so far? One. Soon to be two, but still. That’s kind of pathetic.

So, with summer just about half over (what?!), and training starting up, I’m feeling the time crunch. But I’m hoping that the procrastination law will come into effect – the longer I put things off, the more motivated I’ll become, and therefore I’ll accomplish more things in a shorter amount of time.

That’s how it works, right?

In any case, I can guarantee you that I’ll be making the most out of this next month-plus.

Unless, of course, training wipes me out – which is a distinct possibility.

What about you? Any big plans for the rest of the summer? Or am I the only one who keeps a summer fun list?

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I was tagged the other week, by the lovely Grammarphile at RED PEN, INC, to list six random things about myself. I’ve been meaning to write it, I have, I’m just such an awesome procrastinator that I never got around to it.

Until now:

1) Let’s start with the nerd alert: I do, at least, one crossword puzzle (and one sudoku) every day. Before I was gainfully employed, I used to do three or four every morning. I like to think it helps build my vocabulary, but I don’t often talk about things like osiers (some willows) or acetylene (welding gas). Maybe that’s just me.

2) My uncle gave me a 22-pound tool kit from Black & Decker for my high school graduation, and I’ll use any excuse to get it out. (I’m the only girl I know who has her own power drill.) Part of the reason I don’t like buying furniture from Ikea is that it’s a) too easy to put together, and b) they provide you with the tools. Where’s the fun in that?

3) I’ve always wanted to ride on the back of a motorcycle. I don’t want to drive one, I just want to ride.

4) Trashy romance novels are my guilty pleasure. Not only are they entertaining in their ridiculousness (every plot, and I use that term loosely, is essentially the same – and each couple gets married in the end), but I get a little dork thrill when I spot typos and other such errors (which is often).

5) I feel naked when I’m not wearing my watch and my necklace.

6) You know the expression, “one fell swoop”? When I was growing up, my parents used to say “one swell foop,” just for kicks. I didn’t know that was wrong until high school, and I still have to check myself any time I say it, lest I embarrass myself. (Stay tuned for more fun “lies” my parents told me, later this week.)

**On another note, now that baseball season’s over (again, yay Phillies!!), I can focus on my Eagles. Although, to be honest, it looks like they could use a little help…

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