Revision is a strange thing. We swing, in and out of concentration, we know things can take us minutes but we choose to push them to hours. We convince ourselves that today is the day, that tomorrow we start fresh, that this will be the last “week” of fun and games. But what really goes on?
Our mind is scarily powerful, and in my circumstances especially I find it hard to control, to get me doing exactly what i know is best for me. Im taking revision as an example here. I know its best for me to revise, to learn, to be prepared, to pass exams, to succeed, to earn, to live a full life. But IS that best? Is my time spent outside with friends playing “footytennis” time better spent than revision? Are my social ties more important in the long run than my education? Or do we need to develop some kind of plan to cope with both worlds at the same time, to achieve maximum enjoyment and success.
But lets take this organised matter. Does organising our lives in such a way not defeat the point? Maybe we are meant to let ourselves flow, to EXPERIENCE life rather than to PLAN our way through it. However some enjoyment comes from careful planning, and perhaps jumping straight into the deep end may not give us the best result, maybe planning, analysing and executing out route safely is half the fun, and brings more enjoyment?
These are all unanswered questions and can be made relevant depending on our situations. But they are things to think about. Maybe things to encourage us through our revision, or maybe things to distract us, to help us in our endless search for meaningful procrastination. Whatever it is, we all see it differently, and like most things in life we hold strong beliefs in our own opinions. But maybe next time you put down your pencil to go for a pint with your mates, try not to treat it as an act of stupidness or insanity, embrace your experience. We cant know what is best for our brains and umming and aahhing can waste time, let yourself loose a little and embrace your revision with confidence next time.
Who knows, our procrastination one day maybe of some use…