In college, I did well. I excelled and got good grades. My professors liked me and I graduated with honors. This is amazing in myÂ opinionÂ since I was the QUEEN ofÂ procrastinating. I would not do what I needed to do until it was the absolute last moment. I think I liked the pressure. I was able to do my best work when the option of doing anything else was removed, because I refused to fail, or be a bad student for fear of having my professors not care about me anymore. I remember once reading an entire novel, cover to cover, and writing a paper on it, with one afternoon and evening to do it. I couldn’t bear Â to let my professor down by not doing it, nor could IÂ revertÂ back to high school mentality and read the sparks notes. I respected my professor to much.
Here is the intro to that paper: ” When realized this morning that I had an assignment due tomorrow that I had completely overlook, my heart quickened and I rolled my eyes, dropped my shoulders and began to groan in my head. Why? Was learning the opinion of this â€œLeopoldâ€ fellow honestly worth my time today? Would I actually be able to truly read his book and give a genuine account of what he said, and in the same breath, what I think about what he said in one day? A daunting task for sureâ€¦ So after much procrastination, I lay down and begin to read. Why is all this important to write in a book report? It is important to illustrate the merit of his words. Although I was not on the same page with him on some opinions, he had me hooked from the first page. Even though I knew that I had to get to the end by a Godly hour so that I could write this paper, I couldnâ€™t help myself from stopping, highlighting, reflecting, and wondering on the words he writes. There are charming phrases, full of whimsy and creative viewpoints Iâ€™d never considered. What he has to say in this account is defiantly worth the time of someone who claims to appreciate the wilderness in todayâ€™s world.Â Addendum: This book was even worth writing about a second time considering I lost my disk with the last 2 paragraphs on it and had to type, once again, the Idea of Land Ethic, before12:00 am.”
Honest Abe… I know. By the way, I got an A.
This leads me to this… I needed to have a go-to focus helper. I HAD to have something that would keep my scatterbrained mindÂ completelyÂ and totally focused on one thing, and one thing only. I had to zone out and make SURE that there was nothing else that would steal my attention while I was giving my 100% to a task. My go-to was Radiohead, and it still is. I put my headphones in, (even at my own computer in my dorm room) and dug my heels in. Even to this day, if I feel myself being pulled in every direction but I know what I need to do, I turn on old faithful and I’m in the zone. I feel like I owe those guys my college education. Sometimes, at weddings, when things are starting to get really intense and there are a million things happening at once, it takes everything in me not to reach for my iPhone and pop in my ear buds to a little “Amnesiac” and start snapping away some stellar images. That would never work since I do need my ears to shoot a wedding, but man o man do I ever want it sometimes.
What do you use to focus in on what you need to do?
(Yes, I had my headphones in while I wrote this post. I alsoÂ dead-boltedÂ my front and back door becauseÂ I’mÂ a scaredy cat like that.)