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The Paper Process

The quarter is coming to its final weeks, you’re feeling good because midterm season is winding down, and BAM: The professor drops the dreaded words, “Your paper will be due in two weeks.”  You sink a little in your chair thinking about the six pages that you will, no matter how badly you don’t want to, eventually write.  Everyone has been there, so don’t feel alone. Here are the relatable steps of the grueling paper writing process:

Step 1: Denial

The paper gets assigned and you cringe; this is going to throw your stress-free plans for a loop. But, you shove the assignment sheet into your bag and push it to the back of your mind. “That’s so far in the future,” you think. “I have so much time, it’s all good.”

Step 2: Realization

About two to three days later, you finally realize the implications of this dreaded assignment. Your next week flashes before your eyes: hours at the computer, writer’s block, probably some tears and definitely a loss of sleep.

Step 3: Procrastination

But, nonetheless, you still decide there is all the time in the world to write this paper. I mean you still have 10 days; what’s the fuss about? So, you watch an entire season of “How I Met Your Mother,” have a Harry Potter marathon, pretend you’re as good a dancer as Beyonce, do anything you can think of … except your paper.

Step 4: The “One Week Left” Freak Out

Then finally after your week of blissful ignorance, you find the assignment sheet and have the classic “one week left” moment of panic.  You can’t help but feel stupid for not thinking about the assignment at all.  So you finally take a moment to look at the assignment prompt and do an outline of the paper.

Step 5: More Procrastination

You feel better about yourself for writing that outline, so you reward yourself with EVEN MORE procrastinating time.  AKA reruns of your favorite shows on Netflix.

Step 6: The Struggle

You get down to business finally when you’re three days out from the due date.  Your brain just doesn’t seem to work, but you still force yourself to sit there trying, just so you can say that you tried.

Step 7: The Intensely Motivated Stage

Two days to go. Enough said.

Step 8: Proof Reading and Complete Exhaustion

At this point, your paper is written, you’re exhausted, you’re on the 24-hour countdown and it’s a matter of perfecting those pesky citations and checking to make sure you sounded literate when you were on a roll (see step 7).  You gotta push through and get that paper perfected, which calls for a lot of caffeine.

Step 9: Celebration & Relief

After weeks of hardships and stress, you have done it!  You’ve conquered the battle of the paper.  This calls for celebratory dance and a sigh of relief.

Step 10: The Promise to Never Procrastinate Ever Again

…LOL, it so will happen again.

 

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Three Apps to Beat Procrastination

A mere month into the academic year, midterms are in full swing and have caught some of us relatively off guard. This, coupled with our tendency to procrastinate, usually leaves us in a less-than-enviable position. Whether you prefer to dismiss procrastinating as a personal bad habit, character flaw or what have you, procrastination is more or less universal – we all procrastinate. But before you decide to put off another study session, we here at Mojo have a few apps that will help you beat procrastination and give you an edge when crunch time rolls around. Without further ado, here are some of our favorites:

1) Strict Workflow

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This Chrome app blocks all social media and any other site that might take away from your work for 25 minutes. You can delete the app, or even reboot your computer, but those websites will still be blocked until the timer runs dry. While this might come across as a bit harsh, it all but guarantees a period of productivity for the user. Moreover, after each 25-minute session, the app allots the user 5 minutes of free time, which is plenty of time for you to check up on your social media outlets. If you feel like you need help working out a moderately healthy balance of work and play, Strict Workflow might be an excellent option for you. (Strict Workflow on Chrome Web Store)

2) Yelling Mom

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Named after the original bane of one’s procrastination, this mobile app is arguably every bit as effective as its namesake. Operating on the premise that aggressive prodding is the optimal method of motivating an individual to complete any given task, Yelling Mom takes you to task by reminding you of your scheduled tasks via a sizable host of obnoxious alerts. These alerts range from disco music to sirens to car alarms. Interestingly enough, the sound file of an actual nagging mom is not included as an option. Notwithstanding, if your mother was your motivator at any given point in life, it probably wouldn’t hurt to give Yelling Mom a shot. (Yelling Mom on iTunes)

3) Write Or Die

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This app is positively diabolical. Its unforgiving nature has actually attracted attention (and perhaps a grudging endorsement?) from The Guardian. By incentivizing productivity with pictures of kittens and puppies, Write or Die seems innocuous enough prima facie. But don’t be fooled, because that’s where the other foot drops: if this app catches you slacking, it will start deleting your work. In fact, the most recent edition of Write or Die has made it so that upon a detecting the passage of a predetermined period of inactivity, the app will start selectively deleting every vowel in your piece, effectively disemvoweling (haha, get it?) your work and leaving it an unintelligible husk of gibberish. Talk about taking the carrot-and-stick method to the next level! But if you subscribe to the “go hard or go home” mentality, this app was made for you. (WriteOrDie.com)

How do you deal with procrastination? Comment below, let us know! Or alternatively, tweet us @dbmojo.

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