What Really Happens When You’re “Studying”

By: Zeina El Mofty

I’m assuming everyone reading this is a student. I’m also assuming you’re supposed to be studying right now. I’m also assuming that you’ve officially decided to spend some of your precious procrastination time to read this. Thank you.

Fun Fact: Because I’m an IGCSE student, even though I hate studying, it’s all I do ehm…at least that’s what I think I do. 

Disclaimer: I’m writing this based on my, and only my experience. Chances are though, we’re both in the same boat my bro 🙂

Bism Ellah, I’m starting…now. 
I have to study. I’m very behind and I seriously need to get my sh*t together ASAP but I have no idea from where to start. Oh, how about a To-Do list of all the things I need to get done? That’s nice, uhmm, not really. The To-Do list is not efficient enough, I better assign my tasks, write down exactly what I’ll be doing day by day. Aaaaaaaand, done. Awesome.

Disclaimer: this plan never works for more than two subsequent days. Congratulations, you’ve just wasted 30 (if not more) minutes of precious studying. 

Bism Ellah, I’m starting…now.
Sh*it. I’m hungry. No. I will finish at least two more assignments then go eat. That’s probably a lie. Let’s say I did it though, there’s no way in hell I’m going to eat without setting up the “eating scene”, by the “eating scene” I mean dim lights, hot food and the next episode of whatever series I’m currently watching ready and waiting for me to click play the exact second I take my first bite. Sounds too childish but definitely worth it. However, congratulations, you’ve wasted 30 more potential studying minutes. 

I can very easily spend the following 8 hours studying non-stop. 8 hours featuring tiny distractions, a hell of a lot of music and me deciding to watch something while solving…math problems? Don’t look at me like that though. I . Get. Things. Done.

Yes, it takes longer than it should, but I still get it done. 

Even if I try, I can’t study any differently – I’m no robot. You shouldn’t change your way of studying either, if it’s really how you roll. I keep telling myself that the important thing is eventually ticking all those god-for-saken to-do list boxes no matter how long it takes. I might be wasting some time but at least I’m making studying more enjoyable or even tolerable. You should understand that too. You’re not procrastinating, or maybe you are, either way, as long as you’re going to (again) eventually finish your tasks, what you’re doing is probably healthy, emphasis on probably, should be maybe, but whatever.

Trust yourself, trust the process and good luck man. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m supposed to be studying right this second. 

Bism Ellah, I’m starting…now.

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