Up until I moved into my own apartment with my boyfriend, money wasn’t an issue. I was saving more and more money every week as I had little expenses and was living with family friends. I had and still do have a very casual job, which entails a maximum of three shifts per month at an extremely high pay rate, which suited me fine as it fitted in with uni and other plans I have in my life. Back then, I really couldn’t wait to turn 18 and finally be legal to sign a lease and move into an apartment, since we were living about an hour and a bit drive from the city in peak hour traffic and just didn’t seem to have any freedom. Looking back, I had it easy then, I only paid $50 a week in rent and my phone and car were my only other expenses. These days, I look forward to paying many more bills. And since we are first timers there seems to be never ending things that we need to buy, still after two months living here.
So kids, if you are an International student like me you would probably have a tongue twister of a unique name and a fruit salad of a mixed accent. Also you would probably have a choreographed story about how you moved to Australia for further studies and managing the life away from your family. After a while, it becomes a repetitive routine that you are obliged to follow. But it is a story worth preserving as it becomes the cornerstone for the stories to come.
When I make my timetable for the semester, I try to have an hour break between long blocks of classes so I can give my brain a rest. While this is all good for the first 10 minutes, most of the time I find myself in the library falling asleep over my notes desperately wishing I’d brought my laptop to trawl Facebook for some goss and daily lols. Boredom has struck! I used to think I’d be busy 24/7 with uni work (I should really get into doing the weekly readings) but now I’m just bored. Chairman of the Bored. However, I’ve come up with a few things to stop that boredom bug from biting again!
So Josh (bf) and I went out and had a bit of a bender on the weekend. I haven’t been out in ages – I think it’s something to do with the cold weather, having nothing to wear, my old age (25 now!!!) and the fact that I have such a difficult time convincing myself that it really is worth spending a fortnight’s pay on evening activities. After two all-nighters, close to $1,000 down the drain and some legitimate attempts at shufflin’ (as in everyday I’m shufflin’) I am proud to say that YES – I can definitely see the value of a once-in-a-while valley stumble. (Not that I condone binge drinking, of course.) In between sleeping and hitting the clubs, we also managed to get through the entire first season of Sons of Anarchy on DVD. And I like it even better than The Sopranos.
MY PROBLEM, however, arose when I got to uni Monday morning.
I don’t know how many of you have seen this procrastination video, which seems to perfectly describe my levels of procrastination today, but it’s a bit of a laugh. For the whole year I haven’t procrastinated, I’ve wanted to get things done and usually had a whole assignment completed and printed a couple of days before it was due. For some strange and horrible reason, I have procrastinated in the past couple of days. My marketing assignment is due tomorrow and all I have done is my introduction! I am stressed but nothing is motivating me to write! Gosh.
Well I need some tips to stop procrastination… I just have one:
1) Delay Gratification: Do the stuff you love later, i.e., go on facebook, tv, etc. later and do the hard work now. Because, if you do the bad stuff first, you are more likely to do it faster because you want to get to the good stuff!
Any more suggestions?
Well I’m going to try and write my assignment now! I wish me and all of you who suffer from procrastination, the best in overcoming the horrible disease!