Yea. You heard me. A CHP PAA telling you to slack off. Well, not exactly. No matter how busy and hard-working students are, we ALL procrastinate. We all take intermittent breaks to check updates on Facebook, watch videos on Youtube, and do what I like to call “Procrasti-clean” (Sometimes even Procrasti-eat). Suddenly our rooms are always messier when we need to start studying.
It isn’t just procrastination though. It is sometimes just a lack of focus because we try forcing our assignments to completion, which leads to frustration. My first year at UCI I would spend all day half-focused on an assignment, when I could have just spent a few hours if my mind was completely present. This made me feel like I never had time to do fun things, and I was constantly stressed.
By second year I finally realized that when I can’t focus, I should go along with it rather than fight it. So I would go play sports, workout at the gym, or just hang out with some friends, and when I got back I was always more focused and was ready for whatever had to be done. Bottom line: You can fit in most of the things that you want to do on a daily basis.
Even more importantly, if you do choose to not study, then go do something BIG! If you are going to waste 3 hours, might as well go to the beach, if you are going to waste half of the day, go to L.A.! And if you are going to waste a whole day, then you might as well go camping up in the mountains somewhere instead of watching Youtube videos.
So please, next time you can’t focus on your studies or you need to take a break, just think about it. And if you don’t know where to go, here’s a place you could try. Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna. It’s beautiful. Enjoy.