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The 21 Stages of Trying To Meet Your January Deadlines

If there’s one way to ensure you get January off to a bad start, it’s trying to meet those deadlines you’ve been obstinately ignoring.

1. You convince yourself for weeks that you have all the time in the world to start writing.

“I can just start tomorrow. Or the day after. Or the day after that. Look at all this time I have!”

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2. And that giving yourself a good break will make you more willing to work when the time comes.

“If I let my brain have a rest, it will come up with better ideas. Right?”

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3. So you allow the deadlines to continue to loom over you…

With difficulty that increases a little more every day.

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4. Until suddenly it’s January and there’s hardly any time left.

f u c k  🙂

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5. You try to tell yourself it won’t be as bad as it seems.

“Just be cool.”

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6. But it only takes one glance at the assignments you’ve been set to realise it’s so much worse.

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7. You can no longer comprehend why on earth you thought leaving everything to the end of the Christmas break would be a good idea.

You didn’t have to finish them, but you could’ve at least started them…

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8. Because if you’re being honest, it’s not like you weren’t constantly haunted by the thought of them the whole time anyway.

One second you’re having a great time eating, drinking and being merry. The next there’s a voice in your head reminding you how many thousands of words you haven’t written yet.

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9. And now, not only do you have no idea where to start…

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10. You can barely even remember what modules some of these assignments count for.

It would seem that your brain thought having that much time away from uni meant it could just erase everything you learnt there.

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11. So now you feel like you’ve played yourself out of enjoying Christmas properly and producing good quality work.

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12. Talking yourself into making a start doesn’t go very well. At all.

13. Especially when you realise that half the books you’ll need for references are only available in the library.

“What do you mean there’s no online copy??? It’s 2017 ffs.”

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14. Or not available at all.

Obviously. Why would they be at this late stage? ☺️

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15. And so, rather than try to just get on with things, you start to think instead of ways you can get out of them.

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16. All while wondering if maybe you should actually just drop out.

New year, new you and everything.

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17. You cobble paragraphs together out of sheer desperation, not really understanding what you’re writing about.

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18. And almost feel proud of your efforts until you read back through what you’ve written.

“This is doesn’t even make sense to me. How is anyone else supposed to understand it?”

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19. By the time it comes to writing conclusions, you’re pretty much convinced they should just say “I’m sorry.”

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20. And you consider just deleting everything and asking them to fail you now. 

Why prolong the inevitable?

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21. Until you just have to accept your fate, hit submit and try not to see this as a bad omen for the rest of the year.

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At least things can only go up from here… Right? 😅

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