Nunya (pyrgomache) wrote in uofp_undergrad,

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I am so behind in class. I have had this problem from the beginning. What made me think I could do this? I have a full-time job(that I frequently have to work OT for), three kids, and no help with the stresses with the kids or the house.
I wish that I wasn't such a procrastinator. The sad fact is, I am, and that means that I put off the housework and things until it's unbearable, then I try to tackle it, and it takes forever, or until I give up, whichever happens first. :-/
I long for leisurely days where I can just relax. At least, I think "relax" is the word to use. I heard someone say it once--seems appropriate. Aside from that dream, I just want to be able to complete my schoolwork without staying up until 2 or 3 a.m. to get it done, especially since I have to get up at 5:30 every morning.

I can do this--I WILL DO THIS! My husband discourages me because he hates taking care of the kids so I can be on the computer. (It cuts into his TV time.) But this is something I am doing for me, and God help me, I will do it, even if it kills me!

Guess I just needed to say that..........
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Keep your chin up and keep on keeping on. I bet you're becoming more organized and more efifcient than you think. It's a process, it takes time to happen and it takes even more time to realize that you've made progress. Remember, you have to have a breakdown before you can have a breakthrough. As far as your husband goes, may i recommend getting Tivo!!!
Thanks for the encouragement! I think of wonderful ways to become more organized, but I can never seem to get them going. Oh well.

As far as the breakdown goes, I think I am on the verge...though it hasn't happened yet.

As for the Tivo, I wonder if that would work..hmmm

Honestly, in many ways, the first class is the most difficult, especially if you've been out of school for a long time. It's hard to get into the habit of working in advance and out of the procrastination game (I was plenty guilty of that myself!).

Some ideas off the top of my head that may work for you:

- use downtime at work whenever possible to create outlines, drafts of papers, research, whatever.

- use your lunch hour to do your weekly reading

- when doing homework at home, take breaks every 45 min to 1 hour and use that time to do quick chores

- if your kids are old enough to have 'homework', turn homework into a designated time for everyone. If they're old enough to read, maybe even have it be a designated 'quiet time' for everyone.

I don't have kids myself, and I can't imagine how much more difficult it would be to include school with the mix! You may want to check out the student lounge or the newbie lounge for additional support, though.
AMEN to everything you just said! I have been out of school for 11 years, so it is rather difficult. It seems some days that the procrastination game is my favorite to play!

Thanks for the suggestions. I have already been trying a couple of these, but I will certainly try the others now. Anything that will potentially help is more than welcome!

The kid thing wouldn't be so bad if I had more support. That is the sad part of it. But I will make it through! I refuse to give in or stop trying.

Thanks! :-)