Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Bad habit

I have a bad habit. I am super lazy.

Some people are lazy and they can get away with it. I can get away with it to an extent, but my GPA has suffered greatly because of it. I don't have a photographic memory. I can write a paper at the last minute and get an A, but unless it's an English test, I can't study for a test at the last minute and get the grade I want. But, of course, I study at the last minute anyway. Why? Well, there are zillions of reasons. Pure laziness, for one thing. Sometimes, like what happened with one of my midterms, I had a paper due the day before and stayed up until ungodly hours in the morning writing it, leaving me much too exhausted to even think about studying for a test. But my laziness has been getting increasingly worse the more time I spend away from home and away from people being on my back about getting up on time, getting places on time, doing my homework on time, etc. Even my papers, though I can get an A without trying, sometimes I don't and sometimes I make the stupidest mistakes that I never would have made if I'd given myself time to edit my paper even just once.

So if I know my laziness is hurting me, why don't I stop? You may well wonder, but it's like any bad habit. It needs to be broken and boy, is it hard to break! I am not just analyzing myself here, I'm asking for advice. If anyone knows a way to cure me of this awful habit of laziness, please, please, please let me know! I've had enough of letting it be the boss over me!


Robin said...

I have the exact same problem. The only thing that helps me is...
Well, it's kind of stupid, and I'm sure you're going to laugh at me, but here goes... I remember seeing the movie Pippi Longstocking when I was a kid, and I loved how she would scold herself to get to bed already... so I do the same thing. I use a "mean mommy" voice and tell myself "get up and go write your paper! Now! Right this minute!". and I actually listen.
If it helps, you might imagine your mother's voice or the voice of someone that you're a bit scared of yelling at you.
Good luck!

Ezzie said...

Um, I'm so not the person that should comment... so I won't. :P

ProfK said...

Do you have anything you have wanted to treat yourself to but it's way too expensive? Use it as your goal. You earn "points" towards whatever it is by being on time, by doing things on a schedule--which you write up and hope to stick to. A paper done three days before it is due gets mega points; a paper done one hour before it is due gets points deducted. If you are "earning" that something expensive through changing habits you just might not mind spending the money.

Madd Hatter said...

Umm..You've read my mind again. Seriously, do you have some sort of telepathic device? i've tried ProfK's suggestion many times, but being lazy means I don't actually end up keeping track-how pathetic is that?

Bas~Melech said...

Maybe we should start a Lazy Bloggers Anonymous support group.

Why am I commenting at 5AM when I have school in the morning, a term paper due, and lessons to prepare?!