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Procrastination

Postby hcss11 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:09 pm

Recently, I've been finding it somewhat hard to get started with studying each day, on the order of an hour or more. My stamina's not very high either. Any constructive suggestions on how to improve on these two fronts?

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Re: Procrastination

Postby Alexandros » Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:29 pm

I'd say just force yourself, motivation or not, but that's easier said than done.
I found it easier to talk myself into studying on off-days if I did shorter stuff - Like individual RC passages/LGs one at a time instead of an entire RC or LG section. Might not help with stamina though.

For stamina, try doing 6+ section PTs.

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Re: Procrastination

Postby zkyggi » Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:00 pm

At some point, you either do it or you don't. If you sit down for an hour and study, you'll be better off whether you enjoy it or not. Endurance is built by discomfort, be it mental or physical.
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Re: Procrastination

Postby DorkothyParker » Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:01 pm

Give yourself a worst alternative. Clean your house. Pull weeds. Help a friend move. Or study.

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Re: Procrastination

Postby Platopus » Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:27 pm

Couple pointers:
1. Develop a habit of studying. I know you're thinking, well duh. But what I mean, is to consistently study at the same place and time. The first 2 weeks are usually the hardest, but if you consistently sit down at the same time and study, no matter how much you'd rather not, it eventually becomes habit, and NOT studying begins to feel weird and uncomfortable. It makes getting work done much easier, as you don't feel like you're "missing out". For the first week or so, you just need to force yourself to do it.

2. Get out of the house and drive at least 15+ minutes to study somewhere. After you've driven 15+ minutes to the coffee shop, library, where ever, you're going to want to stay for at least an hour. You'll feel like it's actually a commitment if you leave the house and you'll want to justify the drive.

To synthesize, you might try driving to a Starbucks or the local library everyday about 30 minutes to an hour after work/class. The key is to not give yourself enough time to "decompress" fully. It sounds insane, but honestly it works. Takes about 45 minutes to grab something to eat, read through the mail, maybe change into more comfortable shoes/clothes and brew a pot of coffee. After that, gather you're things and go study. Once you make it a habit, you won't need "motivation" in the traditional sense.

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Re: Procrastination

Postby maybeman » Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:43 pm

I used to plan out rewards for myself. Do an RC section, have a snack. Do 3 sections in a row, watch an episode of something, etc.

Also +1 to sticking it out and forming a habit. You'll adjust and it'll get easier.

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Re: Procrastination

Postby MediocreAtBest » Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:59 pm

Platopus wrote:Couple pointers:
1. Develop a habit of studying. I know you're thinking, well duh. But what I mean, is to consistently study at the same place and time. The first 2 weeks are usually the hardest, but if you consistently sit down at the same time and study, no matter how much you'd rather not, it eventually becomes habit, and NOT studying begins to feel weird and uncomfortable. It makes getting work done much easier, as you don't feel like you're "missing out". For the first week or so, you just need to force yourself to do it.

2. Get out of the house and drive at least 15+ minutes to study somewhere. After you've driven 15+ minutes to the coffee shop, library, where ever, you're going to want to stay for at least an hour. You'll feel like it's actually a commitment if you leave the house and you'll want to justify the drive.

To synthesize, you might try driving to a Starbucks or the local library everyday about 30 minutes to an hour after work/class. The key is to not give yourself enough time to "decompress" fully. It sounds insane, but honestly it works. Takes about 45 minutes to grab something to eat, read through the mail, maybe change into more comfortable shoes/clothes and brew a pot of coffee. After that, gather you're things and go study. Once you make it a habit, you won't need "motivation" in the traditional sense.


Point 2 is really good, and something I do pretty often. It's definitely more of a commitment, when you're at home the couch or bed can call your name and it's easy to give in to that temptation. When you drive to starbucks and sit down, you kinda have to do something.

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Re: Procrastination

Postby Rupert Pupkin » Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:24 pm

Platopus wrote:Couple pointers:
1. Develop a habit of studying. I know you're thinking, well duh. But what I mean, is to consistently study at the same place and time. The first 2 weeks are usually the hardest, but if you consistently sit down at the same time and study, no matter how much you'd rather not, it eventually becomes habit, and NOT studying begins to feel weird and uncomfortable. It makes getting work done much easier, as you don't feel like you're "missing out". For the first week or so, you just need to force yourself to do it.

2. Get out of the house and drive at least 15+ minutes to study somewhere. After you've driven 15+ minutes to the coffee shop, library, where ever, you're going to want to stay for at least an hour. You'll feel like it's actually a commitment if you leave the house and you'll want to justify the drive.

To synthesize, you might try driving to a Starbucks or the local library everyday about 30 minutes to an hour after work/class. The key is to not give yourself enough time to "decompress" fully. It sounds insane, but honestly it works. Takes about 45 minutes to grab something to eat, read through the mail, maybe change into more comfortable shoes/clothes and brew a pot of coffee. After that, gather you're things and go study. Once you make it a habit, you won't need "motivation" in the traditional sense.


This is great advice! Notice the truth to this in myself. If I have to make an effort to go somewhere to study, I don't want to be there so I convince myself to study fast efficiently and "get it over with" when you are at home you are more relaxed and easily convincible. Also, yeah routine helps a ton. I know when I get into a routine even as painful as it is to say no i cant do this I have to study, you get so used to it that its almost as if studying becomes the thing you WANT to do. Also, incentives help a lot. I know if I plan a trip for the weekend or just oging out to meet up with friends that night, I tell myself If you don't get in x hours of studying and accomplish this goal you can't go (Have to be actually accountable about it). After doing that a couple times, you utilize your time so much better and dont have to entirely isolate yourself from the world.

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Re: Procrastination

Postby galeatus » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:32 pm

*insert Shia Leboeuf vid here*

Jokes aside, some very solid points made by Platopus. I never tried the second point but the first one is so damn true - all you need is to develop a habit. I think about the top scorers when i lack motivation - what would they be doing? Would they be slacking off or drilling their heart out?

In terms of stamina, try doing two PT's back to back, also I found that doing cardio helps a lot

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Re: Procrastination

Postby 34iplaw » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:37 pm

The eight section PT is the endurance builder. One four section followed by another with a normal break between the two. After I did that twice, even the actual test felt *really* short.

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Re: Procrastination

Postby Nonconsecutive » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:11 pm

maybeman wrote:I used to plan out rewards for myself. Do an RC section, have a snack. Do 3 sections in a row, watch an episode of something, etc.

Also +1 to sticking it out and forming a habit. You'll adjust and it'll get easier.


I also treated myself like a gerbil and gave myself sweet noms and various rewards for doing things. It worked well.

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Re: Procrastination

Postby MediocreAtBest » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:23 am

34iplaw wrote:The eight section PT is the endurance builder. One four section followed by another with a normal break between the two. After I did that twice, even the actual test felt *really* short.


That sounds like torture. Finishing just one four section pt can feel like running a marathon haha. Might have to give it a shot closer to the test date.

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Re: Procrastination

Postby Thomas Hagan, ESQ. » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:27 am

Pledge to donate $ xx.xx to charity for every hour that you procrastinate.

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Re: Procrastination

Postby 34iplaw » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:48 am

Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:Pledge to donate $ xx.xx to charity for every hour that you procrastinate.


More specific:

Pledge to donate $ xx.xx to the politician or political party you hate for every hour that you procrastinate.

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Re: Procrastination

Postby Thomas Hagan, ESQ. » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:58 am

34iplaw wrote:
Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:Pledge to donate $ xx.xx to charity for every hour that you procrastinate.


More specific:

Pledge to donate $ xx.xx to the politician or political party you hate for every hour that you procrastinate.


HAHA thats genius!

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Re: Procrastination

Postby MediocreAtBest » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:55 pm

In honor of this thread I've spent 2 hours online instead of studying today.

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Re: Procrastination

Postby MercW07 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:21 pm

Im about 3 weeks into studying, and there are definitely a few things I have found that keep me motivated so Ill share.

First I never study with my phone by my side. For some reason if my phone is next to me I just subconsciously check it every once in a while and end up wasting a ton of time. Every hour or so I will give myself about a 5 minute break where Ill check it, but for the most part not being around my phone has really helped with my procrastination.

Also, getting in a rhythm has been huge for me. I get home from work, eat, change clothes, and head to the basement to study for at least 2 hours. Studying is now part of my day just like getting ready for bed, or making dinner always has been. On the weekends I have a little bit less of a set schedule, but I also usually try to fit in at least 4 hours a day on Saturday/Sunday so Ive kind of just been doing that when time allows.

My third and final recommendation is to, at least in the beginning, mix up what you're actually studying. Im currently working through the 3 Powerscore Bibles, but I've also supplemented those with a 7Sage course. After reading a few chapters of the LR Bible Ill head over to 7Sage and work through a couple lessons over there for a new perspective on what Ive just read. I understand this recommendation comes with a pretty heavy price tag, but I really think the idea of having 2 perspectives when it comes to material is great.

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Re: Procrastination

Postby John US Marshall » Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:41 pm

Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:Pledge to donate $ xx.xx to charity for every hour that you procrastinate.


What charity you gonna donate to? You should donate to my dad's, he builds race cars for little people.

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Re: Procrastination

Postby Neil_Gorsuch » Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:20 pm

Just imagine that, whatever you end up doing on an individual day, you'll end up replaying cyclically forever. If you're comfortable with surfing Youtube on a given day for eternity, go ahead. I would think that you'd feel better about contributing toward some higher goal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_return.

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Re: Procrastination

Postby BoyJord » Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:37 pm

Neil_Gorsuch wrote:Just imagine that, whatever you end up doing on an individual day, you'll end up replaying cyclically forever. If you're comfortable with surfing Youtube on a given day for eternity, go ahead. I would think that you'd feel better about contributing toward some higher goal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_return.


Do I have to watch the same video or can I browse YouTube?

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Re: Procrastination

Postby lemonlacroix » Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:38 pm

I noticed that studying right after I wake up (meaning, I wake up at least an hour earlier than I used to so I can study for an hour before my morning calls) helps with my procrastination. If I'm awake already, why not spend that time studying?

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Re: Procrastination

Postby Platopus » Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:57 pm

Neil_Gorsuch wrote:Just imagine that, whatever you end up doing on an individual day, you'll end up replaying cyclically forever. If you're comfortable with surfing Youtube on a given day for eternity, go ahead. I would think that you'd feel better about contributing toward some higher goal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day_(film)


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