Like many of my fellow students, I am often prone to procrastination. Especially when a deadline starts getting close. For me, it is most commonly the internet that I spend the most time distracting myself with. It is always just so close at hand and there is always something I find that appears to be more important that work at that point in time! Xbox, books, baking, TV, chatting with housemates and pub are just a few of the other activities that I often find myself doing when I should be working. . .
As I know I am so prone to procrastination and I really wanted to get on well in my project, I decided that I needed some sort of plan to combat this terrible attention span that I have. This plan took the form of coming in to Uni from 9 till 5, Monday to Friday to do work in my room in the genetics department. There I would be free from all the things at home that distract me (except the internet but I was making sure to be strict with myself) and then, hopefully, I would be able to ensure I would get through work at a reasonable pace and not have lots left to do near the end. I am not bad with the last minute finishing off thing, everything gets done and it is not terrible, but it is not always the most relaxed way to do it!
But there was an unforeseen flaw in my plan.
Now, as I have mentioned, I have a little room in the Genetics department in which I can work on my project and you have to have a special swipe card to get inside. It is a computer room and so there is often lots of post grads coming in and out to use the computers. There is also a coffee machine in there which is often the first stop for anyone entering the room. Everyone is absolutely lovely and really friendly. Now, this might seem like a good thing and it most certainly is, except for one drawback. . . Distractions. I love to spend my time chatting to everyone that comes in and out and everyone has so many interesting stories to tell and opinions to discuss. We discuss all sorts of things with one of the common topics being various different aspects of British culture. A lot of the post grads are international students so it is can often be a funny topic funny to discuss. On a number of occasions I have been asked to confirm some English grammar rules and then we have all laughed when even I can’t explain why the rule should make sense!
I have got to meet some very lovely and fascinating new people and I wouldn’t want to change that. However, it does mean I have something new to add to my world of distractions! 🙂