Final Exams, Stress and Procrastination

I’ve been under a lot of stress during the last 24 hours or so, and I feel like whining today.

In addition to the stress I’ve been facing, I have final exams this week and next week, and while I’m not fully prepared for them yet, I am so ready for this semester to be over.  I usually love school, but if you read my blog, you may be aware that this semester has been killer.

I’m in school full-time, and there’s only really one class that I don’t despise.  Ha.  I’ve procrastinated more than ever this semester, and I’ve spent most of my time having a nonchalant attitude about my course work.  My grades matter to me, but I haven’t done my best.  I’ve been lazy with my school work, and I’m hoping that I can make it through at least semi-successfully in spite of that.

Am I the only one who procrastinates when I can’t stand something?


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    December 3, 2013 at 9:04 am

    You are not alone. Huge procrastinator here. It is probably my biggest and most stress-inducing flaw.

    Good luck on finals. You are almost done for the semester! Are your classes better next semester?

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    Heather B
    December 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    You are definitely NOT alone! I had a 10 page case study that was due last night at 11:59pm and I did it ALL yesterday!!! Seriously, all of it! Was it my best work? Absolutely not. Do I really care? Absolutely NOT! So ready for this semester to be over!!

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    Ashleigh @ Passion for Life, Love, and Health
    December 3, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I think not being able to stand something is the biggest reason people procrastinate! So like the other commenters said, you are for sure not alone. 🙂

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    December 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    i would (and still do) procrastinate with assignments and readings that i didn’t want to do either.
    it’s the nature of the game.

    hope the rest of the semester goes by quickly for you, good luck!

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    Sunrise Guided Visualizations
    December 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Everyone that I know procrastinates about something. And then feels guilty about it. So why should we feel guilty? It’s OK to let that part go!

    And you might listen to “Test Anxiety” by Sunrise Guided Visualizations if you would like a confidence booster going into exams.

    Great post! Thank you!

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    December 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    You will finish this semester. You will pass all of your classes. It is almost over. These are the same words I keep repeating to my daughter. Some semesters are just more difficult than others. We all have had semesters that we would like to forget. For many different reasons. My daughter HATES Walden Pond and anything by Thoreau. Guess what book she to write her final English paper on? The paper is 50 % of her grade. She has already listed the book on book mooch!
    So hang in there, this too shall pass.
    Christmas is only twenty one days away. Yeah!!!
    P.S. Good luck.

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    Betty Taylor
    December 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I wish I didn’t procrastinate, but I have to admit it is one of my character flaws.
    When I get around to doing things and realize they weren’t as bad as I thought they would be, I wish I had gotten them done right away.

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    December 5, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Nope, far from it. I will note as someone who has fought this tendency for years, one of the things that helps me is to break the task down into smaller steps. In particular, start by getting together the materials needed- whether that’s notes, a book, the computer, etc. I find it much easier to actually get started when the first step isn’t ‘find all the crap I need’ and set up a workspace. Also, you kind of psych yourself out- “I’m not going to *work* on it now, just get the stuff together. How hard is that?” – then, “Well, I’ll just do the first little bit now, then stop…” usually it’s easier to keep going once you’ve started, and you do more than you think you will.

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    December 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    You are definitely not alone! I procrastinate over all sorts – sometimes simple tasks, sometimes they are things I just don’t want to do. I do et to the point eventually of just getting on with it. I am better motivated by having deadlines.

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