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My little lifeline
Posted Feb. 22, 2008

Jennifer Gilderman
Copy Editor

Tomorrow can be such a wonderful word, or it can be the evil to your existence.

We can all agree that our diets need to start on that magical day – tomorrow – that tomorrow we will catch up on those readings, and that tomorrow we will finally get around to cleaning off the dust on our bedroom shelves.

But let’s face it. Tomorrow goes as quickly as it comes and not all projects get accomplished and tasks begin to build.

As a college student we can consider that putting things off is called procrastination.

I like to think of procrastination as “working under pressure.”

Furthermore, I feel that working with such time constraints is just preparing me for the fast- paced work environment that I can’t wait to so graciously join.

However, after high school and almost four years of college, I’ve come to realize that what can be done tomorrow, should be done today.

If you haven’t already, I advise you to get a day planner. They areabsolutely amazing.

Writing everything down and planning can really lead to a less stressful life. Additionally, it works best to break those long drawn out reading assignments so you spend a little time each day on accomplishing something, rather than giving yourself a migraine trying to stay up the night before.

So, the best part about staying on top of your work and not saving it for tomorrow is that you can really enjoy going out and having a good night, even on a weekday. Trust me, I would never sacrifice fun for work.

So prioritizing has become key; I write down the things I want to accomplish each day.

It feels great to cross them off in my day planner once they are done.
And by the time night rolls around I can celebrate and relax with a martini, not having to think about school work for once.

It is easy to put things off and distractions are easy on the eye especially when it is a task I do not feel is enjoyable.

Let me put it this way, – I know I have a problem when I start to clean. This means I'm putting off homework.
However realizing this habit is a good first step to staying on track and getting organized.

I take a step back and look at the whole picture.

I analyze, I can sit down now and work for a while then take a break, and truly in the end be happier and relaxed.

But besides the measly tasks, there are other things you feel can always wait, but really they can't.

After learning through experience, I have come to realize that putting things off for later is not always the best choice.

The days passed by and the friendships drifted farther apart because I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll call them tomorrow.’

The guy I thought would wait for me in the end did not and moved on.

I've let people down and felt ashamed for missing deadlines.

But I have learned from my mistakes, and now I see the importance of keeping on task and making sure that the right tasks are completed on time.

Now I feel that when you prioritize you keep the busy tasks of a tropical storm from turning into an overload hurricane.

Jennifer Gilderman, a senior communications major, is copy editor of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at jgilderman@ulv.edu.