Whether you are in grammar school or university, you know what August means. Back to the grindstone. Another year of classes.
To prepare yourself, you might be...adding new clothes to your wardrobe...brushing up on those Spanish/French conjugated verbs you learned in Beginners 101 last year...ordering RIDICULOUSLY expensive textbooks...going into the school supplies section of your local store just to sniff the fresh boxes of crayons and feel the pain of your lost innocence and a yearning nostalgia for your childhood of yesteryear when everything was so new and easy, but now you're entering your last year of college and will be graduating this spring and eventually have to find a adult job and be thrust upon the real world and society...wait, is that just me?
Despite all this preparation, at some point a few weeks into the new semester, your system will break down. The adrenaline-pumping, gung-ho, yay-a-fresh-new-year feeling will wear off, and the mountain of work will start to pile up. You will be thinking, "Does every teacher just make everything due on the same day on purpose?" "Seriously, I hate this!" "Whhhhhy?!?!" "What is life?!" "My brain is mush! I have nothing left to give! That's it! I'm gonna fail!"
Or perhaps you sound more akin to Rory from Gilmore Girls...
Rory: Can brains hurt?
Lorelai: Yes, it's hypochondria hour.
Rory: No, I'm serious. Last night when I was reading my biology chapters I distinctly heard a ping in the vicinity of my brain.
Lorelai: Your brain pinged?
Rory: Yeah. It just went like 'dink.'
Lorelai: Well then, honey, your brain dinked. It didn't ping.
Browsing the internet, watching TV, seeing a movie with your friends, going to a party, and even taking a tea break (I love a good cup of tea.), will all seem more important and a better use of your time than reading 90 pages of your text and writing those 3 papers due in a week.
That ugly habit that rears its ugly head at all of us from time to time.
Although, I've found that the best way to break a habit is to deconstruct and analyze it. Why do you do what you do? Are there reasons behind this? What is my end goal that I want to achieve? How can I get there?
And if that doesn't help, maybe simply understanding the scientific process of procrastination will!
Why do we procrastinate? What in our brain causes us to put off work that we ultimately know is necessary for the long-term success of our future, for the instant gratification of say, eating a cookie? How do we stop it?