How to: not do homework, a reflection on the finer art of distracting oneself when there’s work to do. I’m no procrastinator, but you really can’t just sit down and write a 15 page paper in one setting (well).
I have many’a fond memory of I’ve-been-working-on-this-paper-too-long-to-actually-write-anything-worth-reading moments, which is the reason study breaks were invented.
I remember quite vividly that Wednesday night last fall when we were all doing our reading on 4th floor of PAC, and we tried calling 1-800-MyCustomSnuggie to see about getting snuggies with our yet to be designed CSS coat of arms. (Turns out they’re only open during business hours.)
Then, there was that night when I found out that it only costs 60 cents more to get extra pineapple on your Dominos Pizza, and, perhaps more importantly, that PAC is listed as a delivery location on their website.
Back when I believed that I didn’t actually possess sufficient quantities of energy to make it to that 2pm paper deadline every Friday, I ran the 5 flights of stairs between the basement and the CSS lounge at about 3am.
I could never forget those moments when lightening strikes (which despite being supposedly random happened every Thursday night between 9pm and midnight). I would run into the hall/classroom/lounge to tell someone, and inevitably run into my friend Joon (don’t know why). I’d excitedly tell him my thesis, and he always told me it didn’t make sense/wasn’t true/I couldn’t defend it/etc. Then we’d fight about it for somewhere between 5-45 minutes, which always helped me iron out my supporting points. Afterwards, I’d go home write 🙂
With no lounge or friend like Joon to distract me, I’ve been left to my own devices here in Spain. Last week, I took to memorizing all of the Spanish subtitles to my favorite youtube video, and today I tweezed my eyebrows (slightly less impressive, I know).
Point being, I’m 6 pages in, and the novelty of writing in English is melting away. I think it’s good though. It’s hard when you don’t fully understand the expectations, but something tells me that making it through Professor Elphick’s history tutorial has prepared me for whatever paper Spain is throwing me this week.
And so, on that note, I think my break is over…back to work….