It’s late, I’m not going to lie. By the time I’m done with this, technically it’ll be early. That’s my problem you see. I’m really, really good at procrastinating.
Usually when I’m assigned a big project, the teacher will say “you guys are given a week to do this, so I expect really good work.” I can’t help but laugh when I hear this. Let’s say that the project is due next Monday. It doesn’t matter that I’ve had a week to do it, all this means is that I have a bunch of homework that Sunday night.
I know a lot of people claim to be good at procrastinating, but I’m the real deal. I have found ways to waste hours of time that I could be using to do legitimate school work. It’s not just Facebook for me. Don’t get me wrong, when I open the computer my fingers automatically start typing and by the time I catch myself, the letters “Faceb” are already typed in. But I do more then just that.
When my parents ask if I’m going to start on my homework early, I look at them with a puzzled expression on my face. I can’t be expected to do work when I’ve just gotten up, I mean that is just absurd. What I need is some food in my stomach and a good day of relaxing before I can even think of doing homework.
By 3 p.m., I’ve watched all of my recorded “House” and “Law and Order” episodes and have nothing else that I want to watch. So I turn on the news.
I’ve determined that watching the news and going to The New York Times website eases my guilty conscience because I can tell myself that even though I am not doing my school work, I’m staying updated on current events. Which must be just as good.
But the 24-hour news stations show the same stories over and over again. I mean I want to know about the bailout plan, but I don’t want an hourly update on how things are going with it. What ever happened to good news? Would it hurt the networks to be optimistic once in a while?
I’m not really sure what to do with my problem. I have this tendency to believe that if I ignore something I don’t like, eventually the problem will disappear, but it doesn’t work that way. How nice would that be if it did though? Don’t try it in school—it doesn’t work. Whatever you do, definitely don’t try it with other aspects of life. For instance, if an important person says, “we need to have a talk,” “Can’t we just do this another time? I’m watching House,” is not an acceptable response. …Apparently.