Sunday, 6 March 2011

Procrastination - a story.

So, my previous post was a poem and now - it's STORY TIME!

As some may know by now, or maybe the whole of Year 13 may know by now, I had to do twelve exams in January - four of which were AS retakes, and the remaining eight being A2 exams. Most would and have said to me "I would kill myself if I were you!". I know what you're thinking, what's the big deal? Truth is, it's not a big deal, I'm just writing this to share my experience which has changed me from being a COMPLETE procrastinator to a "I do not want to waste my time, I want to get it done now!" kind of person.

Let's go back in time. I will admit, in Year 12 - I was a lazy, lazy person - always procrastinating until the last minute. Not just in Year 12 actually, I think I've been a procrastinator since a young age. I'm not quite sure why, but I think it was my fear of failing. I'm a perfectionist.  (Procrastinator and perfectionist - that's me? Really?). Before this, I used to hold the view it's better to fail not trying, than trying and end up failing. I did manage to get 3As and 2Bs at primary school. And, my AS levels? Well, let's just say it wasn't at all impressive. Which is why I had four AS exam retakes in January.

It's A2 this year - serious stuff. Part of the twelve exams are five A2 exams which I have done earlier than my peers. We were all supposed to do it in June but, because of some long reasons which I will not mention here to avoid readers' boredom (if you're not bored yet), I decided to do all my exams in January. Was it worth the risk? I'll find out on Thursday the 10th.

Studying for all twelve exams was stressful, depressing and just overwhelming. At least, that was how I felt when I started to focus on the harder exams. While in Year 12, I would normally waste my free periods away talking and laughing with Pauline, I am happy to say I have used all my free periods in Year 13 studying (well, maybe most, not all of my frees). This year, I have been working faster, managing my time better, and just making sure I stay on top of a lot of things altogether. On top of that, I've managed to think positive, smile and just do what I need to do no matter how hard or overwhelming some things seemed.

Believe it or not, I like it. I love being less of a procrastinator and more of a doer. In fact, I love it so much that I think I'll stop myself procrastinating from now on. And that folks, was the story of how I stopped being a procrastinator.



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