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(I don't know if this is something that is supposed to fall within the realm of Scarleteen, so feel free to take it down, mods).

Anyone out there who deals with stress by procrastinating madly? I have this assignment which isn't especially hard or long and isn't worth a lot in percentage terms. It's now three days late, and losing 20% per day. It isn't a huge deal for my grade for the paper if I don't do it. But it ought to be totally within my capability to just spend a couple of hours, finish it mediocrely and hand it in late.

I feel like that would probably be a good step to take towards not behaving like this in the future, but I'm really scared that I just CAN'T do it, as in, I lack the willpower. I have been going around telling myself "look, all you need to do is..." for awhile now. It isn't happening. I think partly this is because I would rather not hand in anything than hand in something that isn't good, which isn't the most helpful philosophy when it's too late to do something good. I'm meant to be on mid-semester break but I'm spending my days procrastinating but not doing anything I actually want to do. Does anyone else get themselves into situations like this? Strategies?

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Hey rosegeranium. This is actually outside of the scope of the site, so in future, it might be more appropriate at another forum. A couple things I can suggest here, though, is just talking to your professor. Everyone gets this way from time to time. You psych yourself out, thinking, "This is going to be the best paper ever!" And then you forget about it, or you put it off, and the deadline looms closer and you realize you can't write anything decent in such a short period of time so you keep telling yourself you'll get to it later but you continue to put it off because now you feel you MUST write an amazing paper and you have even less time to do it in.

*ahem* Anyway, it happens. At this point, it's best to just write something even if it's not that good, even if it sounds like something a fourth grader would write before even learning what a paragraph is. Most professors prefer that you just turn something in rather than never turn a paper in or turn it in very very late. If this happens a lot, then you may want to see if your school has a tutoring center that you can see about time management.

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Sorry, everyone. I tend to think of this site as *go-to place for problems that I feel like are impacting my health in some way* and I realise that this really is overly broad. Thanks for your suggestions, orca.
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