Two semesters ago I made a huge mistake. It was late August and school was fast approaching. I’d say it was three days before the start of class. I had repeatedly been told over the past year that I needed to start watching HBO’s Game of Thrones. Up to this point, I had never watched the show. Regardless of my nonexistent HBO life, I decided to tackle the first few episodes before school started. By this time, the series already consisted of 4 deranged seasons. By the time the first week of school had passed, I was seriously hooked on the show. I crammed all 40 episodes in before my first midterm exam showed up. Please keep in mind that these episodes are basically an hour each. This wouldn’t be the last time that a television series heavily affected my study routine.
The following semester, I was gifted the complete Entourage box set for Christmas. This could go down as the best gift of all time, but that's besides the point. Recognizing that the movie was scheduled to come out the following summer, I quickly settled in and began rewatching all 8 seasons of my favorite tv show. Once again, this ended up occupying most of my time between January and February. It’s very easy to fall into this type of a routine. We tend to easily convince ourselves with lame excuses and “only two episode” promises. Currently, I find myself in a Seinfeld vortex. The saga continues.
Another rough habit to control is napping. I have become a habitual napper thanks to Concordia. I usually end up taking a serious five once I get home from school. This five’r can easily turn into a long winded ordeal. Not only does this disrupt your study schedule, but it can also wreak havoc on a healthy sleep schedule. I’m not a doctor, but whenever I end up napping late in the day, my nighttime sleep struggles. I usually lay awake in bed wondering why my short nap 3 hours earlier made me less sleepy for my actual scheduled sleep time. That is a deep thought process to say the least.
The last bad habit we will discuss today is in regards to weekends and ultimately, liquor. The beginning of a new semester usually translates itself into one big party. In the opening weeks of school, we usually get tied up visiting and drinking with friends at other institutions, corresponding to falling behind by the second week of school. In addition to this, a formidable hangover is always a strong catalyst for proficient procrastination.
Hopefully we can all straighten ourselves out before Halloween rolls around, so that we can use that weekend to procrastinate a little more. Thanks for the attention. Stay safe.