This year I got really lazy.. Terribly lazy, especially with my schooling. Not bragging or anything, but seriously, I used to get straight As all the time (I'm no geek, heh) because I was pretty much ahead of my classes since I had really good advanced teachers before high school, and my mom taught me extra stuff. And then when this school year came, it kind of required me to study at least a little. But for some odd reason, I was procrastinating everything, and would turn stuff in late, study last minute, or even not do anything. My high As hastily turned into Bs and Cs, and almost a D. I somehow need to really turn myself around, because I really don't want to turn into my friend, who is one of the smartest and most athletics guys I've known that got a tennis scholarship to a university, only to drop out of the university because of his laziness (Now he's trying to keep up paying is rent/gas). I'm finishing up my junior year at the moment...
How do I get rid of laziness?
It's all about attitude and motivation. You need to motivate yourself - simple enough. Realistically, you need to find how to do that. Ask yourself why your are lazy and procrastinate. Are you bored with studying? Do you want to do other things with your time? Do you tell yourself that you will just do it later?
Part of the way of solving your dilemma is just dedication to changing your way of thinking. When you get into bad habits, they stick. Same way with good habits. You need to improve your own study habits. Do you have any interests or activites that you enjoy? If there's nothing you really like to do or are excited about working towards, then I can almost guarantee you that you won't be interested in improving the less exciting parts of your life.
For example, I love track and field. It gets me doing exercise, which is good for the body and mind. It helps to improve mood and relieve stress. In addition, it gives me goals to work towards. I feel motivated and like I'm accomplishing something. In turn, this makes me more positive and willing to accomplish in school. My marks went from C's and B's from before I became passionate about athletics (pre gr. 10) gradually up to nearly all A's at present (except that damn english subject ).
Even though I'm usually quite busy, I make time for friends and other stuff I like to do. You need to do the stuff you want to do and also do the work that needs to be done. It's a fine balance and you need to find it for yourself with the goals you want to accomplish and the things you like to do.
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Well this is how my day usually goes...
I come home from school (get home at 3:00, unless I have tennis season, but that's done for now) play 2-3 hours of guitar (I love guitar), basically when the whether outside gets cooler (I live in Arizona), play tennis outside, being very fortunate to have, I guess smart parents, a tennis court. After I'm done playing tennis, I take a 10 minute swin, and then I clean up (eat) everything my parents haven't ate during dinner (I'm playing tennis while they eat). It's about 8:00-9:00 when I'm done with eating. I then take a shower, and then "try" to study. After 10 minutes I get really bored and uninterested and sleep, though once in a while, the work or topic is really interesting so I complete and stay up a bit longer to indulge the new information, but that seldom happens.
I seriously tell myself, I'm going to not play guitar and/or tennis today, and finish this early, prepare for the upcoming tests, etc, but I never get around. INSTEAD, I won't do anything, just lie in my bed listening to music, letting time fly bye, and then at the last minute, I run and get my books and try to study and do my homework hard and fast (I wish I did that during the day when I come back from school) until 2:00 A.M....
In my mind, I really don't know how to setup my time correctly.
I have no self-discipline either for things I don't enjoy - but there are a lot of things that just have to be done, not just at school, but afterwards too.
One thing that can help is to change your surroundings. There are too many other things you can do at home - can you study somewhere else - for example, at school, or the local library - anywhere there is less to do, and that has an atmosphere conducive to study.
You could also make yourself a study timetable. It has to be realistic, but, once set, you stick to it. You are not allowed to do anything else in the time set down for a particular type of study. Eventually, you get used to studying at that time.
It can occasionally help to form a study group so you all encourage each other.
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There are too many other things you can do at home - can you study somewhere else - for example, at school, or the local library
I don't know why I didn't think of that in the first place, maybe I didn't want to, heh.
Well last month I gave away all my video games thinking I was actually playing them so much, and that they were distracting me. But turns out video games weren't the problem, lol.. Music/Guitar/Tennis/Weight Lifting were the real problem. And it's going to be impossible to put those away, because I don't want to.
But yeah, I'm going to try your idea Ineligible. I'll have a friend drop me off at the city library, so I don't get tempted to drive back home with my own car.
One more question that popped up. If I were to be in a proffesional band or join pro tennis, should I still go to college? Would it still be beneficial, even though I'm going to make my living out of something else that doesn't really "require" college/university? My parents used to tell me, well they still do, that I MUST go to college/university. Does any one understand the music industry? My mother said it's very hard to keep up, or else she would have went into it. She said artists usually get bored and quit, or they do drugs to waste time. I definately don't think I'll get bored, cause seriously, music is 50% of my life, and tennis is the other half. If I never did guitar, I would probably become somewhat of a prodigy in tennis because of all the hours I spend (and same thing if I never did tennis). But so far all I've done with the music industry is go to record labelers and letting them listen to my music, which they like, and seeing how the business is distributed and artists gain money.
try studying with a friend who is really motivated to study. that way you dont have to worrry about distractions
I have none that like studying either. All my friends are lazy as hell, or they won't study with anyone else because they'll think other people will think of them as geeks.
I think the problem with being a professional in music or sports is that you have to be very good indeed to be able to make a living in it, and therefore it's prudent to have a second string to your bow, something you can fall back on.
Well for tennis, you have to be VERY good, or your not going to be gaining money.
But music, in my opinion, isn't very hard to do.. You should listen to bands these days that are so terrible, but somehow they earn a living. Foo Fighters or whatever, is a TERRIBLE band, but somehow people like them and they perform at concert pretty often. The biggest shock was how Blink 182 managed to pull it off all those years. They aren't bad. Very easy lyrics, beat, and melody to get stuck on. But they aren't great either. No need to brag or anything, but I think, and people have told me, that my songs are amazing, and some are even phenomenal. Since I play different types of styles of music, (except country and heavy metal or any of it's branches since I think they are extremely useless and boring) I can bring in a little bigger crowd. That's just how I see it, as I'm still fairly pretty young, and there's still a lot of other songs I must listen to, to understand.
I think the success of bands is a lot more than musical ability. It can be looks, fashion, marketing . . . Being a better musician than the average successful band doesn't guarantee success. If your songs are good, though, you should try to get some opinions from professionals.
Ineligible, not to sound like a broken tape recorder, but seriously, check out these "new" "alternative" rock bands these days. They are strangely earning money, popularity, but they have horrible music, looks, fashion, etcetera, etcetera..... Seriously, Bob Dylan nor did Led Zepplin have fashion or looks, but they flourished. I guess these days good music has been fading away, and every generation is brain-washed into thinking these new bands = great.
Well, if you want good grades, get motivated to get better ones. Set a goal of say, 75% on a test. And if you don't accomplish the goal then start maybe setting an hour out of each day to do your homework/study. That's what I do.
"Foo Fighters or whatever, is a TERRIBLE band"
Dude, they're like one of my favorite groups to listen to
motivation! YOU gotta want it! thats what i try to do and once you start you can get used to it
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.