OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

How to Waste Time

 

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot.

- Michael Althsuler


  • Attempting too much at once. Taking on too many projects, taking too many classes, or agreeing to too many social events.

  • Procrastination. When you put off until tomorrow what can be done today you lose "today" forever.

  • Perfectionism. Having to do things perfectly, or doing it alone when help is available.

  • Not saying "no." Distractions, parties, or favors for others keep you from doing what you need to be doing.

  • Personal disorganization. A messy desk, poor study skills, or no set study schedule lead to wasting time trying to get organized before getting anything done.

  • Unrealistic time estimates. Underestimating the time it takes to write papers, read notes, study for tests, and do homework leads to a serious backup as the school term progresses.

  • Lack of self-discipline. This could be a result of lack of interest, poor health, or unclear goals.

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