Sometimes when I think about it, I’m not entirely sure how I ever managed to obtain a bachelor’s degree at university. Almost all of my assignments were completed with last minute frantic all-nighters. Let’s say an assignment was due at 9am Friday morning, it was almost certainly not started until sometime between 11pm – 2am the night before. Somehow I was never really motivated unless the pressure was on.
So what happened when I signed up to an online writing course, which pretty much doesn’t have a deadline? Procrastination to the max. The course is interesting so far and I would really like to progress further, unfortunately until I complete the first assignment I am unable to move on with the next chapter. But without a deadline to complete the assignment, the urgency has just not been there. What has resulted is the fact that I started my assignment on the 11th of the October and completed a draft that I haven’t touched now for over a month.
Now I’ve acknowledged that something needs to change and I have taken the first step. Cue celebratory fireworks!
I am currently at Starbucks writing this blog and in effect further procrastinating my assignment, but I do plan to get to it next! The reason I decided to venture out of the comfort of my own home and the comfort of my very comfy bed, is the pure fact that if I hadn’t, I’m pretty sure I would still be in bed right now doing nothing productive at all – probably even napping. When I’m out in a public place like this, I actually start to feel guilty for spending hours upon hours on Facebook along with other time waster websites. I start to feel paranoid that the surrounding people are secretly watching me and judging me if I look like I’m not doing anything productive – in turn, I end up being extremely productive (while still having the occasional peek at internet cat videos).
Another reason I’m going to work on my assignment today is that I have self imposed a deadline. Wednesday the 4th of December at midnight – and now that I have told the world, I’m not one to back out.
Now I go, motivated to work on said assignment… going to ace this!