Back to the grind – countdown to the end of the semester

Well Fall Break is officially over. Hopefully it wasn’t too difficult for you to wake up yesterday morning and you were able to start your week fresh and relaxed and caught up on everything you should have done before the start of the Fall Break. If you’re anything like me, you’re still really swamped with work and all the Fall Break really did was give you a few seconds to breathe and think, “Eh – I’ll have plenty of time to do this stuff once the semester starts again.” So now the semester has started again and you’ve realized that you should have used the Fall Break time more wisely. But that’s life (or so I like to keep telling myself).

So in the spirit of being “back to the grind” and sitting here in my shiny new office (where I am supposed to be working on thesis work), I thought I’d procrastinate a bit and look into the stages of procrastination… because that makes the most sense, right?


So looking into these stages, I would say that I’m somewhere between Stage 2 and Stage 3 now that the Fall Break is over. I know what I’m supposed to be doing… it’s just that I have so many other things going on right now! Plus, who could turn down going out and enjoying this wonderful fall weather that Aarhus has to offer?! Certainly not me! I just hope that I don’t get to Stage 5…. Stage 5 is the worst (especially because I KNOW I’m lying to myself)!

So along with the Stages of Procrastination, I also found this wonderful little guy:


Now – as crazy as this may sound… I actually think I have been each of those types of procrastinators TODAY… which should tell you how terrible it must be to walk a week in my shoes, let alone an entire semester. Last weekend, I spent the entire weekend researching apps and programs I could download to make myself more productive… and so far have used none of the things I downloaded. It all sounds wonderful until I realize that I have yet to finish Season 3 of The Walking Dead. Why are none of these things included in my assignments?!

So now that I have looked into procrastination, I’ve decided to treat it like the disease it is. I’ve got 7 weeks left until my first exam and need to buckle down and get going. I’ve looked up the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and have decided to convert them to procrastination in hopes that it will help me get over these terrible, wicked ways.

The 12 Steps of Procrastinators Anonymous

  1. We admitted we were powerless over compulsive procrastination, that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. I’ll finish this later….

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