Midnight Impulse

learning experiences and impulsive decisions

Procrastination and Motivation


The above title states my vice and my virtue.  Sadly, one does not work without the other.  Procrastination seems to be a horrible habit I developed after my grandmother stopped helping me with my homework, threatening with her usual line, “You will become a trash collector if you don’t study well!”  After I stopped having a nervous fit of crying, I sat down and finished my homework.  Back then, I was pretty good in school.  Then again, this was in 1st and 2nd grade.

These days, I am just not at all motivated to get anything done, or to get off the internet for that matter.  I procrastinate, procrastinate, procrastinate until my time runs out and I, habitually, have my little nervous I-can’t-do-this-so-I’ll-just-cry-awhile fit, and then get down to doing my work.  Eventually, I DO get things done on time, except I never learn from my mistakes and try to schedule my time better next time.

Now, onto motivation.  Motivation is something I rarely have, but when I do have it, boy, do I get things DONE.  Yesterday, I was motivated to be active once more on my online blogs, thus the three entries yesterday, the 5 photos uploaded onto my flickr, and my posting of a fanfiction on a website.  Another negative to my motivation: I only continue to do something when I see results.  I must lose weight to continue losing weight and I must see comments and likes to continue posting.  This is a horrible cycle that’s very hard to start in the first place, so I really hope none of you are also stuck in it.

Now, onto reading chapter summaries of Moby Dick, cuz I ain’t readin’ that shit.

Lazily yours,



Author: Adelaide Martin

18 year old international student's transition into college life on a new continent.

4 thoughts on “Procrastination and Motivation

  1. I love your thoughts. It’s great to acknowledge how you feel. A friend of mine used to say that his way of battling his inclination towards perfectionism was to leave things ’til the very end, so he wouldn’t have time to re-do and re-jig everything for the umpteenth time. It’s all in the interpretation. But if procrastination is a botheration, I found having an accountability partner is a good way to reduce it. Cheers!

    • Well I’m just going to go ahead an use perfectionism as an excuse for next time. What I usually tell people is that I work best under pressure, which is true, but one of my teachers recently told me she can tell the difference between last-minute work and the stuff that I spend time on, so I really do need to organize my time better.
      That sounds like a good idea, I’ll find someone next time. Thank you for the thoughtful comment!

      • Well said. And you’re very welcome! It would be a great post on how you went with that.

        Also on the teacher’s comment, it may be that some other teacher would say quite the opposite. If we believe that we need to work on something, then feedback to that effect would re-inforce it. Organizing time is helpful, yet recognize also the best way that works for you and be true to that no matter what people say.

        Good luck!

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