I will admit that when I was in high school and college, I would always wait till the very last second to write my reports.Â When I say “last second,” I mean literally the night before.Â And I loved it.
I love the thrill and rush of trying to meet a deadline at the last second.Â I love the adrenaline rush of printing out that paper and handing it with only an hour to go.
What I never liked, however, pulling an all-nighter, and barely being able to function the next day.Â What I never enjoyed was running out of printer ink at four o’clock in the morning.Â What I never liked was revising and reprinting my reports twenty times because my brain and eyeballs were too fried to proofread effectively.
It’s not enough to just mark a due date on your planner (or todo list).Â You need a due date for each and every step-up leading up to completing that major project or task.
Writing a paper for example has the following due dates:
- Pick general topic
- Research general topic
- Formulate a thesis statement
- Create general outline of paper
- Gather research material
- Read research material
- Write first draft
- Proofread first draft
- Revise first draft
- Proofread revised draft
- Write final draft
- Proofread final draft
- Print final draft
- Submit final draft
Each step above would have its own due date.Â It may look a little overwhelming, but accomplishing each task in this small chunks won’t be as overwhelming as trying to write a book report on a 300 page book you never read the night before it’s due. . . with a presentation.
Yes, I’ve done that.Â And, no, I’m not proud of it.Â But, yes, I did get an A.