Hello younglings (or old, whatever, we're not ageist here). The weeks leading up to Christmas are stressful for everyone: parents are frantically shopping, people are pleading and giving away kidneys to avoid working the Christmas Eve shift again and students have a particular word looming over them like the Grim Reaper: ASSIGNMENTS.
Collectively, as students, we are all absolutely brilliant at procrastination. We can put off and delay anything from an essay to a flight to Paris (not that any of us can afford to go to Paris, unless you’re dating a super rich business man who whisks you off to Laundree in which case a) get out b) well done).
As for me, I’m on a mission to get everything done sharpish but so far failing miserably. If you’re in the same position as me, let me take this chance to extend you a internet hug (or a high five if you’ve got personal space issues) and nuzzle you into my chest and say ‘WORRY NOT YOUNG ONE IT’LL ALL BE OVER SOON’ because I know how stressful it can be. Note: This happened a lot in sixth form with my friend Ria and I. The guys loved our hands on approach to friendship. No idea why.
Anyway, cue the Plan of Action part. Prepare yourselves; it’s a full proof way of working so if you’re professional procrastinator, prepare to change your ways (for half an hour or so at least).
*PLAN OF ACTION BANNR FALLS AND PARTY POPPERS EXPLODE FROM AN UNKNOWN SOUCRE*
*wipes party popper contents off of skirt*
*whacks stick against whiteboard to point emphatically*..
1) First, you’re gonna need some motivational music. I suggest the theme tune to Rocky or similar.
2) If you can, go to sit somewhere quite like a library or another room in your living space. If not, just move anything and everything that could be a distraction. Magazines, cats, boyfriends, aunties, all out the window please.
3) Try to resist the brownies. You know how kids go crazy when they’ve had too much sugar? Well if you overload on the brownies now, your friends will be pulling you off the top of a climbing frame later when you decide you can’t sit still any longer. The same applies for Skittles.
4) Put your phone on silent. Whoever is texting you can wait, you’re trying to
save the world here get stuff done, jeeez.
5) Now is the ingenious bit. The magic ingredient if you will. Okay so you wanna download a programme called Concentrate from Google Chrome which will let you block any site that might be a distraction for however long you want. I’m talking Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, Topshop, Tumblr, all inaccessible in the click of a button.
6) Now here’s how to go about the actual writing part of your work... You wanna head over to www.writtenkitten.net, start typing and get a new picture of a kitten every 100 words (awesome motivation right there).
Okay so now you’re pretty much set! Write until your heart (or your lecturers) are content then reward yourself with those brownies later... and maybe some doughnuts too. Hell, buy yourself a birthday cake if you manage to get stuff done.
Little side note: I love it when you guys Tweet me to let me know you read a post! So if you made it to the end of this one drop me a little hello, especially if you're a student cracking your way through work! You can find me here @keralinaa