As you sit here knowing you have a hundred and one things you need to do, but just haven’t got around to yet, lets consider procrastination.
We’ve all been there. The deadlines are piling up, but so are the module readings, the clothes washing, the dishes, the amount of new films out that you want to watch… and somehow you never get around to doing what needs to be done- until the last minute.
Everyone does it, but we don’t have to. There are ways to stop those ‘just one more episode’ moments, and get your work done. You know that as much as you’d like to have one more scroll through twitter, that feeling of accomplishment when you know your work is done far outweighs it. Also it’s definitely not worth the stress when you have one week left to do 4 assignments. So what do you do?
- attend the Overcoming Procrastination seminar on the 3rd February in the TBC at 2pm (and if you don’t go to Essex yet, see points 2+3)
- Plan, plan, plan! By designating a certain amount of time a project you are much more likely to get it done, and hopefully avoid procrastination. A way to make this even more effective is to plan study times with others, once you’ve set a date, you’re obligated to go.
- Also set out breaks. You need time to chill and let your mind recover from all of the work you’re doing. A recommended 10-15 minute break for every hour of work helps you to regain focus, as well as preventing eye strain and headaches if you’re staring at a computer screen. If you know you’re working towards a break hopefully you won’t put off doing your work.
Our history department has a few hidden gems that can help make your life a lot easier, and your time at Essex even better. So instead of letting you slowly discover them over a few years (it took me two to find the department library) here they are:
- The History Department library
I know it looks small but don’t judge a book by its cover, this place is a Tardis of useful materials for your modules. The chances are that for any reading you have to do, for any history course, there will be a copy of it filed under the course title. You don’t even have to spend ages sorting through material, our wonderful volunteer librarians will help you find what you’re looking for.
- The History common room
If you’ve been to the History Department you may have noticed the first room on your left as you walk in, with a coffee machine and some chairs and tables, that’s it! And if you’re new and a little shy there’s no need to avoid it if there’s people already there, they’re actually very friendly. It’s a good place to go if you’d like to do some work, either alone or with some friends, or to just hang around for a bit.
- Department Office
I’m about to save you some time, check the opening hours before you walk all the way to campus to hand something in, only to realise its closed (While we’re on topic the same goes for the campus post office and post room). But the office is only closed for an hour for lunch (between 1-2pm) and anyone there will be more than happy to help you with any problems or questions you may have about your course.
To any and all history students or enthusiasts, this blog is for you!
It will give you all sorts of helpful tips, new information and important events that will help you keep up to date on what’s going on in and around the Essex campus, and how the History Department works.
There will be posts at least every couple of weeks so make sure you check out the page every few weeks to see what’s happening.