Finals week is here and with that the highest levels of stress among students. Most of the stress that students are under is self-inflected. Most students will tend to blame their stress on the heavy amount of projects and studying and papers that have to be completed with no time for extensions for any reason, professors have to have their grades in before it’s too late. Students bring this stress on themselves, and Katie Finnegan’s twitter post tells us the story of exactly what happens to make students damn themselves during finals week. Katie posted this picture to the #wrtuesdays .
This is the exact reason that students are so stressed out when finals week makes its way around. Most students will say that that rendition of their procrastination procedures is dead on. I know that it matches mine very well. I procrastinate at every assignment that is every given to me. I always think that I will do it before it’s too late but I just keep putting it off and putting it off until it is right up to the time its due. I always mange to get things done on time but I have to do them at the very last minute. When finals week comes along and I have a million things to do, what happens most of the time is that I forget the actually studying that needs to be done and concentrate on the projects and assignments that need to be in rather than the big test that is worth a larger point of my grade. What I mean by all of this is that every student has procrastinated at some point in their life and they do it most often as finals approach.
What we need to do is find a way to cut the procrastination process in half so instead of going through 6 steps and repeating it, students will only go through 3 steps then begin the project or assignment, before it is too late. So instead of going through the denial and crisis stage we stop at the excuses and we decide that it is time to start working on that paper, assignment or project. We need to begin a conscious decision to stop the process earlier and get the work done sooner so that when the time comes to turn in those last assignments we are ready for it and we do not add more stress to an already hectic week. Make it your conscious effort to get the assignments done before the due date to relieve some of that stress that you are under. And remember, it’s not the professor’s fault, they did not give you too much work, they just expect you to be able to use time management to get it done. I know that I will be trying harder to get things done earlier then the night before they are due.