Diseased Diligence

We’ve all been there. I’m currently there.

You’re disgusting and sick and all you want to do is sleep and possibly guzzle more of that sorry-excuse-for-cherry-flavored cold medicine. Not necessarily in that order. I don’t recommend sleep-dosing. Almost as unsafe as sleep-walking.

But because we are all diligent adults, we must still get things done. So put on your big kid pants, suck it up and take care of business so you can fall back into the heaven that is your sick nest. Mine currently consists of a down comforter, five completely necessary pillows, a large dog and a kitten. Don’t judge me.

Here are the incentives that have worked for me during this plague:

  • Uninterrupted sleep shortly thereafter
  • More cough medicine, preferably the kind that knocks you out…
  • A tiny sense of pride that you did things and you were worse off than everyone else. I’m allowed to think I’m better than you in this case…What? I said don’t judge me.
  • The thought that I won’t have to do something late and face consequences. Being scolded is so middle school.

So if you had the energy to read this and you’re in the same boat…congratulations. Now get things done.


Printer Troubles

More often than not, I have printer issues. The ridiculously expensive and fancy printer I have at home usually chooses to have a nap whenever I have something of dire importance to print… We’ve had talks… she doesn’t listen to me / doesn’t believe me when I say I will hurl her out of a window if she continues to fail me so utterly (…yes, my printer is a ‘she’).

These days, “my printer wasn’t working” is not a good enough excuse for professors when it comes time to turn in an assignment, and rightly so. There are ways around these frustrating beasts of plastic and programming. It may seem obvious but shoot an email to your professor about your issues with your unfriendly hunk of digital whatever and ask if they will accept an emailed copy. If the answer is simply ‘no’ (which would be very cantankerous and inflexible), email the file to yourself and hunt down a local library, campus building, or friend with a printer that doesn’t eat failure flakes for breakfast. Voila! Hard copy freshly inked and ready to be turned in.

Too many people use ‘printer troubles’ as an excuse to not turn in an assignment. Don’t let that be you! :)

Dear Weekend…Never leave me…Sincerely, Life

Okay, so it’s Friday, and I have some advice.

Get the most out of your weekend! Like many of you, my week is completely swallowed up by work, more work, classes, and a personal life (shockingly). I don’t know about the rest of you, but I actually value my weekends. Starting Monday of every week of my life, I begin planning my weekend. What movies are out? Are any of them worth the money (seriously, January and February are where movies go to die)? Can I eat enough for three people between Friday and Sunday? Do I have time to both sleep in and get some amount of homework done?

By Friday, I have an excellent idea of how I’m spending my weekend. This two day break from insanity shall include some homework (unless someone would like to do it for me), morning yoga, dinner with great friends, a going-away party that will include ample amounts of dancing and snack foods, and a relaxing Sunday afternoon at the dog park with the spoiled mutt.

I repeat. USE your weekends. Recollect your sanity and focus. Start your next week with purpose and focus and a clear mind. Loosen up! I won’t judge.

Writer’s Block?

I don’t actually know what writer’s block is. The word ‘block’ implies to me that, once I come upon it, that I can just leap over it without a second thought. Easy. Those times where I cannot for the life of me think of what to write cannot be classified as writer’s block. It’s literally writer’s mountain range. Here’s what goes into my writer’s mountain range:

  • Assignment is given.
  • Stare at requirements for about an hour or two for good measure.
  • Procrastinate. (See yesterday’s post.)
  • Eat out of boredom.
  • Stare at requirements again, and allow eyes to glaze over.
  • Type the word ‘The’.
  • Delete ‘The’.
  • Type first sentence.
  • Have eureka! moment and write the #&$^@ assignment.

Anyone have a mountain looming above a paper or another assignment?

“It’s due today? Oh…”

At times, dragging me over hot coals would be more pleasant than ending my bouts of procrastination and actually getting assignments done by their deadlines. I confess, it’s rare if I get a project or assignment done in a reasonable amount of time. I can’t tell you how many papers I’ve cranked out an hour before it’s due – it’s terrible. Not so conveniently, I tend to procrastinate the assignments that sound the least enjoyable.

One of my classes is a math course and like any sane person, I loathe math and all affiliated subtopics. Being an online class, it’s too easy to half-heartedly attempt to do homework and then open a new window to browse the internet (or in my case, shop!). Before you know it, your homework is due in an hour. Anyone else feel like this comic is their daily life?

In the end, though, reason wins over the whiny child inside of me and I compel myself to finish the task at hand. Anyone have any particular method to staying on task without losing yourself to the black hole of entertainment that is the interweb?