Tips From a Professional Gamer and a Professional Procrastinator.
“I’ll do it later.” We are all familiar with that phrase and that is probably one of the most frequently used excuses and reasons that things don’t get done when they’re supposed to be. That is how I personally balance school and play video games professionally. Depending on how much homework I get or whether or not I have something important the next day such as a test, I usually spend about five hours playing or practicing. Of course, not everyone that plays video games is on a professional level and looking back I really wouldn’t recommend it unless you are really good at procrastinating and winging half the tests and projects that you are assigned. My not so solid 2.84 GPA supports this claim. The key to balancing school and video games is being THE procrastinator, not a, THE procrastinator. Anyways, onto the topic at hand and how to be THE procrastinator.
Work Smart, Not Hard.
Find ways around the work that you are assigned. Sometimes this process may take more work than doing the actual assignment itself and if you notice that that’s the case, then just don’t do the assignment. I kid, but most of the work that teachers assign are on the Internet and all it takes is one google search to potentially save you 75% of the work. In all seriousness, unless you have completely given up on the unit and just decided that you only live once, I would not recommend doing this for the all assignments you are assigned. Though I just said I would not recommend using this tactic, I love this tactic as it only requires one stressful day rather than four or five per unit. This one stressful day is the only day that you should be responsible and actually learn things because how you perform on this one day is what determines your grade, depending on whether or not you use this tactic throughout the school year. This one stressful day being the day before the test of course.
Expect the Expected.
A couple bad grades does not mean the end of the world and you probably deserved it for procrastinating anyway. What expect the expected means that if you know you messed up this unit, then expect the worst. Aim low if you decide to not do your work for a unit because what’s the worst that could happen? Get a good grade? The important part is that you don’t overwhelm yourself. If you have elite test taking skills and clutch up on test days, then you will be surprised and actually be really happy when you get a B on something you knew nothing of 48 hours before the test. Expect the expected also means that when you stay up until 3 A.M. playing Fallout 4, don’t wake up the next morning expecting to have the dandiest of days as you will be tired and will not want to do anything. The best way to avoid being a slouch is to accept it, embrace it and focus to the best of your ability.
A procrastinator’s downfall is that they procrastinate because they don’t care enough yet, and they decide to just not care period. Being a procrastinator does not mean you are a bad student and don’t care, it means you are a smart student and don’t care until the very last minute. Being a procrastinator requires focus, determination, courage and laziness. Focus and determination go hand in hand and these two are required when the pressure is on and you must complete something last minute. Determination and courage also go hand in hand as you must have the will to not give up on yourself even if it is 2 A.M.
If you follow these three steps, balancing school with video games or even anything that you want to do should be a breeze. If you have any thoughts or comments tag us on your favorite social media outlet @ThePioPress. If you would like to contact or give me a request on what I should write next, tweet me @Swarm7Xplosive. Press On Pios!