Is procrastination a new skill you could add to your CV? Here's some help
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Is the only thing you’ve got seriously lined up a Breaking Bad marathon? Followed by a scheduled panic attack when you finish a TV series on Netflix and suddenly feel lost? Cats on Youtube? Oh, the list goes on. I just described 65% of non-medic students, whose inability to self motivate is causing every single one of their problems. I'm a literature undergraduate – and it often feels like I can't make it through a week without encountering a brick wall whenever I attempt something productive. Gulp. Having an empty timetable at first is a novelty. But after an entire series of Friends and the surprising transition from crammed sixth form life to a meagre two-hour lecture, makes it too easy to get trapped into a malicious cycle. You sit and laugh at the faint echoes of teachers who slammed that “university life is going to be a huge step up for you!” Really, as a Which? report shows, the average number of teaching hours for medics, who expect 20 hour weeks at least, varies ridiculously to history students with only eight. With such little scheduled hours and without a set routine, it can become increasingly difficult to fill your days with beneficial stimulus, leaving traces of guilt and crumbs with the copious tea breaks you’re having. It’s just too easy to fall into the trap of becoming a motionless blob that lives and breathes Netflix. But hang on. There’s plenty of productive ways to spend your time; you just have to choose a couple and embark on the road of enlightenment. So, if you are a member of the ‘barely there’ club, here’s a handy list of five easy, effortless and efficient ways to evaporate the hours spent away from lectures.
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