I have just finished my two week mid-semester break here in Australia. For the first week, I was in Tasmania and it was so much fun! You can read all about the trip in my previous post.
The second week was not nearly as fun as the first because I spent a lot of it internally fighting with myself. This was because I have a paper due after the break and my plan was to finish it in the first two days of my second week of break so I could leave Adelaide and do something fun for the rest of the week. However, I spent the first 3 days sitting in my living room and telling myself I would finish the paper only to procrastinate all day. This led to a bit of cycle of waking up grumpy knowing I had to work on this paper, and then not working on it. It was frustrating knowing that I was in Australia and still wasting days inside.
So it wasn’t neccessarily the week I had planned, but I did make the best of it. I tried not to be tough on myself and let myself have fun in the evenings, even when I did not have a productive day. I went to see Endgame but I will not talk about it since I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. I will say though it was amazing so if you haven’t already, I recommend going to see it. This was probabaly the best night of my break because after the movie I went out for some food with friends and had some great laughs (not just about the movie).
The people I’ve met here have definitely helped my funks, such as the one I was in over my paper, to be short. I can count on my friends here to cheer me up which I think is incredibly lucky considering I’ve only known them for a short time. This week a friend at hockey invited me over for for a homemade meal and it was exactly what I didn’t know I needed. It was a great evening, and the type I’ll be sad to miss out on when I leave .
I still ended up finishing my essay a day before it’s due so I am happy with that, but I usually am very on top of things so I feel a failure when I procrastinate. Does anyone else feel like procrastination sometimes leads them into a spiral and maybe have any tips for combatting this? Let me know in the comments below.