In my earlier years I had different views about school. When people asked me how poorly I did, I tell them that I considered a C to be an outstand grade. The primary cause for my extremely poor performance in those days, besides my interest in girls, was that I always put my homework off until the last moment before it was due.
Mr. Brown, my English teacher at the time, is a man I will always admire for his love for his occupation and life in general. He told me time and time again that I should not put off my homework; instead, I should complete it early so that I could have time to polish up my work. Naturally, I doubted him because I believed that school was a horrible place that was only designed to create massive amounts of stress.
After graduating high school, I did not go right into college, primarily because I feared the whole learning process. It wasn’t until I decided what I wanted to be when I grew up that I decided to start on my college education.
Because I was excited about my new-found Ergon (Greek for “purpose’); I found that I was using the advice of my wise English teacher and completing my homework well in advance. The result of this was that I was getting very good grades, and since I was not constantly worried about completing the assignment, I was not stressed at all. In fact, I was having fun!
Currently it is Friday afternoon at 2:33 PM. The assignment is to complete a two-page suasive essay by next Tuesday afternoon at about 1:00 PM. Since there is no pressure for me to complete the essay at this time, I am having fun. A lack of pressure is what allows me to free-write this paper without concern for sentence structure, spelling, or even content.
After enjoying a much-deserved weekend without stress caused by pending essay, I will be able to sit down on Monday afternoon and critically shape it. Furthermore, since the words are on paper already, I will spend much less time on the paper on Monday.
I have to admit that a couple of weeks ago I did putt off some math homework, reading, and writing in order to get a head start on my weekend. Strangely, I did not relax that much because there was always that thought of my pending homework in the back of my mind.
I found that I was actually becoming mildly depressed because I was worried that I might not have time to complete all of my homework before the deadlines that were quickly approaching. Come Monday morning I realized that I was completely stressed, depressed, and worried.
I felt like I was back in high school again. I thought that putting off my work would allow me to relax more, which in turn would allow me to invest more energy in the work once I did get started. I now realize that high school was not the problem. It was my decision to put off my work that made high school so miserable.
I will admit that there are downsides to doing pending homework well in advance. One of them is that I have to put off getting my two and a half year old son out of day-care earlier.
This may seem like a bad thing at first glance, but upon further consideration one would see that by getting my son out early I have just done him a great disservice in the respect that while I am spending time with him I will not be there in spirit or mind.My son would be better off spending an extra hour or two in daycare in exchange for a father who is self-confident, happy, and able to give his full attention to his son’s needs.
No matter if the task is reading, writing, or arithmetic, I urge all students to take the advice of my wise English teacher by completing homework well ahead of time. Life is far more beautiful (for yourself as well as everyone around you) if you do not procrastinate. Moreover, education, whether it is high school or college, can be a fun experience if you embrace it instead of avoid it.