Once again, I think Karen picked an assignment that speaks specifically to me. This week she asks:
Weekend Assignment #261: For most of us, school was quite some time ago, but I bet we all remember what it was like to have homework due. Did you start right in on homework when you got home, or put it off until the last minute, or put it off until it was actually late?
Oh yes, I remember it well. I still have nightmares about it. I'm serious. Actually, last week, Mr. Unfocused linked to an awesome cartoon that nailed it perfectly on his Twitter page. That is the exact dream I have! Exact!
So, I guess what I'm trying to say is, I never did my homework early. Oh, it's due on April 25th? Okay, I'll start it on the 23rd. I'll have plenty of time. Of course, when I actually start it on April 24th, well that "plenty of time" turns into: holy crap this is a big project! Why?! Why, didn't I start it sooner? Why?!!!!
No, I'm not exaggerating at all. Sure, when I was younger I did my homework right away. Heck, I used to work ahead some times. Then, sometime in high school, that all went out the window. Some of it had to do with not having as much free time, but a lot of it had to due with laziness. Or a case of, there is some much other better stuff to do now. I was bad.
I can remember a few specific cases from college clearly. Once, a friend and I stayed up all night to prepare for a test on the US Constitution. We both decided not to study at all until the night before. Actually, I think he ended up sleeping through his test since it was a little later in the morning.
Jenn and I also stayed up all night finishing up a magazine layout project. I remember waiting in line at Kinko's at 3 am, or so, to get final copies made. Part of it was waiting too long, part of it was just the work involved. Who am I kidding, it was because we waited too long. I still have that magazine though. Anyone want to see it?
In my senior year I ran into a major time constraint for a final paper in one of my psychology classes. There was no way I was going to finish in time, so I had to call the T.A. and ask her if I could turn it in the following morning. Luckily, she said yes. If I failed that class I would have been going to school for another year. This was year five already.
I guess you could say I am a procrastinator.
Extra Credit: Are your homework habits reflected in the way you handle tasks now at work or at home?
Oh my, yes! I hate to say it, but I haven't changed a bit.
How about you? Did you do your homework on time?