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Procrastination Nation

Hello, and welcome to Procrastination Nation! Sit down, relax! For this is what we do here. Ok- I’m not really procrastinating, but doesn’t “Procrastination Nation” sound like a cool book? Very Oprahbookclub-ish. I can just imagine her introducing me “Today we are discussing Aisha’s latest book Procrastination Nation” and I’ll have a nice layered cut, a crisp beige suit and the audience will clap.. oy such dreams of grandeur… Guess I am procrastinating..

But seriously, exams are coming up in about six weeks and the stress… oh the stress.. there was talk it would arrive but I do believe it has set up camp and settled in. I have a weird relationship with stress. I dont notice it until it sucker punches me in the gut with a “yoo hoo” For example, this past week suddenly I have: Intense headaches which make my head a waterbed with a four yr old jumping on it, Chest pain, palpitations, Teeth grinding, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares, Shortness of breath, Nausea. I never realized this meant stress. Whenever it struck I’d say “Hm.. whatever is the matter with me.” I guess I associate stress with a person running down hallways hands flailing “oh god oh god!” or grabbing their head like in excedrin commercials. or breathing into a paper bag. I smile. Crack jokes. Me? Stressed? Blasphemy!

I figured it out last year working full time as a second grade teacher and taking four night classes at law school, and I was at a friends house and she’s doing her PhD and she asked “how are you?” and instead of saying “well I am fine. How about you?” I told her my litany of symptoms and when I finished she said “me too!” And as we exchanged war stories of our physical ailments that were eerily similar I realized, “oh. I am stressed.” In the words of GI Joe: Knowing is half the battle but I’m still stressed!

27 thoughts on “Procrastination Nation”

  1. I feel you on the stress Aisha. Exams are slowly starting. Arggg!!When ever i’m stressed out I develop a wierd craving for peanut butter on whole wheat.PS: I had trouble commenting when I first tried last night.

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  2. Stress is overrated…..there is nothing so important that you can’t go to the park, or meet with your friends…..or……ooooo darn I’m late to a meeting and then I have to write that business case…and then I have…….ARGH! 🙂

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  3. I got your message on my phone, yes you do have the right phone number, I was going to call back but it was about 11 pm so I’ll try to call tonight you can call me whenever.

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  4. Speaking like a true procrastinator, which I flagrantly am, six weeks is sooo far away! Why the stress? And I don’t think the Oprah fantasy is too much of a pipe dream. I would totally buy a book called “Procrastination Nation.” Hang in there, babe! 🙂

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  5. Mia I feel your pain 😦Shabina thanks for two thumbs up to the title 🙂 6 weeks is a while but its a lot to do in that meantime 😦Wayfarer, where and when can we begin our cowriting venture! 🙂Judas good point 🙂Ash- point taken! 🙂

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  6. You are not alone! Although the longer I am in law school, the longer it takes for me to start feeling stress about exams. Last semester I didn’t even start studying until about 3 weeks before hand. This semester I am so far behind that I am starting to feel very nervous already. When I am stressed I can’t sleep and grind me teeth while sleeping a lot. Also I have a tightness in my chest that won’t go away and the constant feeling that I have forgotten to do something really important. I hate it! So good luck, and don’ t worry, summer is almost here!

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  7. don’t let the stress get to you 🙂 It took me about 12 years to work out that if you dont feel like studying, leave it. Go back to it when you’re in the groove, it gets work done alot quicker. And when youre relaxing, relax to the max. Obv this is all sweet comin from me who jus spent the last half an hour freakin down the fone to my friend about exams in 4 and a half weeks. He told me to chill the pill so thats what im doing, study will come tomorrow…and slowly the headache is easing, as are the clenched teeth and aching shoulders.

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  8. OMGosh, a book! After reading your previous post, (which I neglected to comment on, sorry!) I thought “Man, that Girl has GOT to write a book!!” You always leave so many, SO much to think about.Wow, all that comes from stress….STOP! I guess it’s easier said than done, huh? Try to take things in stride, and take good care of yourself. I will be expecting a book and to see you on Oprah in your crisp suit, lol. I for one will be clapping. :):)

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  9. Southern Masala- Glad to know that I’m not alone though sucks that we have to feel that way! 😦Bongi that is fabulous advice. Instead of fighting just take a break… because you work much slower when you are not feeling it! 🙂Amzu- true 🙂Mommyblogr, awww thanks!!!!

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  10. Hahaha…I agree with Shabina! But seriously…yeah. Take care of yourself! Don’t get sick – that’s the worst. I hate exams. I love school but hate exams, which kind of gets in the way of loving school…

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  11. *shocked* I lost my comment!!…I was so happy that I was the first one to post on your blog!! Grr!!!! :o( Anyway, don’t be stressed…try thinking of it as something positive…I kinda find stress as driving force for me…helps me actually get work done!Anyway, well, I can see you writing a best seller Aapi!! You’re a good writer!! AND you’ve got the readers…now you just need a book!!hehehhehee ;o)

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  12. Man I was one of the first to comment on your new post (for once)… now I dont see itI dont have anything useful to add, stress is just part of growing up I guess. I admire those people who can remain calm in the state of fire. I guess the main point about them is they view things farsightedly, in the long term.

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  13. Rehtwo my sentiments exactly, I like school, hate exams. Some law schools like Yale dont have grades, just pass/fail. Nice 🙂 But first you gotta get in ofcourse 🙂Enyur Mezba you commented yesterday?? That’s so odd. I wonder what happened to the comments. Blogger was having major issues so I guess it ate them up 😦

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  14. law school exam stress is like none other. i dont remember ever being this stressed in college – but maybe thats because present problems always feel worse than the past. i’m also slowly watching the days go buy, watching the impending exams creep slowly forward, and feeling completely overwhelmed w/ everything else i have to do. we’ll get through this just fine again, inshaAllah. hang in there.

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  15. We really should start our own little two person writing group. 🙂 We can read each other’s work etc. BTW, when law students talk about cramming for an exam i get that scene from Paper Chase in my mind…when they are at the hotel cramming lol.

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  16. Maleeha, I dont recall ever being as stressed for exams as in law school, I think a huuuge part of it is that we have only ONE exam that determines our entire grade. In undergrad and even most masters programs you have multiple exams that add up to the final grade! Feeling overwhelmed, not knowing where to begin is my biggest issue…We’ll make it though insh’allah 🙂Mystic, NO I can’t take it again if I flunk! God forbid!Wayfarer, I need to watch that movie I hear about it a lot!Zak, blogging *does* help destress for sure but yes not much help with procrastinating 🙂

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  17. my favorite stress relieving activity is working out. and if you use an eliptical you can study and exercise(which actually probably just maintains the status quo since studying is stress inducing).good luck with exam prep, it sucks, but it will all be over soon!

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  18. Oddly enough, I work best under stress. Well a certain amoutn of stress. If it implies headaches and stuff I am out cold as well. But now for example, I have a final paper to hand in with no due date…I have been thinking for half a year about writing it! Usually it takes me a week or two if a due date is sat!

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  19. The title has a nice ring to it. I have been very stressed lately with the pressures to perform well on the new job. Especially with 20 new staff people sizing up the “new boss” LOL The thing is, I am happier. I function well under stress.

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