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Procrastination…A Never Changing Habit

31 Oct

I looked at this and giggled 🙂 Via onlinelearningtips.com.

Dear Me,

This is yourself from the past. I’m here to tell you that you can’t procrastinate on homework all weekend long until Sunday. That just isn’t going to cut it anymore. Believe you me, I know how hard it is to not just plop down and laze through Fridays; you just had a stressful week and need to mindlessly plow through the internet, right? Well that does get mind-numbing and boring after a while, so here’s a compromise: every Friday you can do whatever you want until 6 o’ clock, and then you have to start on some of your homework that is due Monday. And for regular school nights, do some homework before even going on the computer because once you start, you know that you have too little self-control to stop. Please do this for me, okay? Make this year as non-stressful as possible.

Kthnxbai, Me.

 

About 7 months ago, I created a post about procrastination and how it deeply afflicted me…fast forward to now, and it is apparent that not only is it still here, but it’s even worse than before. It is currently ten o’ clock on a school night and I have yet to do my physics and English homework. This used to never be this big of a problem; but as of late, it has gotten worse.

The fact that I recently got a tumblr and twitter is definitely one of the biggest issues; it’s as if it’s suddenly my life goal to stalk and fan-girl over celebrities. Not the best time to be in the most important year of high school, I must say.

TAKE MY MUG!

In my first post, I wrote this: “I’m currently taking a few difficult classes and I am not looking forward to next year when I take 4 AP’s which include an incredibly hard calculus class.” Let me just say, last year was a joke compared to this year. I wasn’t looking forward to this year and I’m not too happy to be in it right now. Some advice for younger readers: Every single year of school you go through is a walk in the park compared to the next year. And you’ll think this every single year. My classes aren’t necessarily too bad, but because of the earlier mentioned distractions, my brain hasn’t adjusted to the work load. I guess I just have to suck it up and do the work; I was doing just fine for the first month of school.

“Which brings me to my next topic; procrastination. I’m a horrible sufferer of procrastination, and I can never seem to stop. I guess I’m just very lazy and have a hard time pushing myself until I get to a desperate ‘deadline’ point. It hasn’t gotten to where I’m struggling to finish things the day of, in school.” Things haven’t changed much, and I’m starting to feel guilt and even anxiety about this. I still don’t stay up past 11:30, which many say is an accomplishment for a high schooler, but I’d rather go back to a life where 10:30 is staying up late.

I guess the main reason I’m writing this post is for me to examine my bad habits, acknowledge them, and work towards a better life style. So here’s a more specific compromise to go with the one I created above: tomorrow, Glee (the show I love) comes back from its month long hiatus. You must finish ALL of your homework before watching it. Alright? Good girl.

 

By the way, for any long time followers (if I have more than one, yay!) I have a presentation coming up in 3 days. Nothing big; small class that I’m very comfortable in, only one paragraph to read; but that still doesn’t stop my instinctual body reaction to any public speaking; my heart pounds and my breathing goes haywire. Earlier this year I had to read a paragraph out loud and almost died; yikes. Maybe I should consider a public speaking class? My school has a debate team that I could check out.

Anyways, thanks for reading! And now go back to doing your homework, you procrastinators! 😉

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Public Speaking

22 Apr

Via greatpublicspeaking.blogspot.com

I terribly hate talking in front of people.

I wasn’t always this way. In elementary school I was fine giving presentations and speeches, and all that. Even in middle school I had no problems; I was shy but never had a problem going up in front of the class. And then one day in English class in ninth grade, I was giving a presentation on a book. I didn’t even have to stand up; I was just sitting. I didn’t really have anything exact prepared, and then it happened: my voice started shaking. It got really bad and awkward and I couldn’t think of anything to say. As I rambled, I realized I hadn’t breathed in a while. I had to stop talking, pause, and take a deep, shaky breath. It felt like every second was dragging by; every moment I wasn’t talking, it was a deathly long silence when in reality it was only 2 or 3 seconds. My cheeks felt like they were getting hotter, and my voice was wavering and wobbling. I ended with a weak ‘and…yeah.’ and so it began. Ever since then, I’ve had the same problem: my voice starts shaking while I’m giving a presentation. It’s led to me having anxiety whenever I’m told we have to present, and nerves days in advance. Sometimes if I know I have to give a presentation soon, I have a hard time sleeping because I become so preoccupied with it. About twice since then, it hasn’t happened to me while I was presenting. I’ve been so relieved every time it doesn’t, but I have no idea how to stop it every other time.

Anyone else inflicted with the agony I have when I know I have to give a presentation? I’d love to hear your stories and how you cope with it. I wish I wasn’t like this, I need to find a way to fix it! Why can’t I go back to how I was before? D: