Procrastination is not your friend, though I’m sure for many of you it is whispering around your consciousness these days. “Why do something today that you can put off till tomorrow?” “It’s the holiday season and there are so many more interesting things than college application stuff that you could be doing.” “Really, you do your best work at the last minute.” It would be very easy to give in to the college process fatigue that is probably assailing you right about now.
Don’t listen. Ignore the temptation. We’re in the homestretch and now is not the time to falter. Whether you got out of the gate fast or are slow starter, it’s time to throw it into fifth gear and finish up all the things left unchecked on your to do list. Finish up that final revision of your college essay. Schedule that interview. Follow up on those teacher recommendations. Click “send” on that application.
Procrastination is truly not your friend. At best it is a “frenemy” (an enemy disguised as a friend). Don’t let it tempt you into putting yourself between a rock and a day-before-the-deadline-last-minute-allnighter-application scramble. Real friends don’t that to each other. Rather take the advice of someone who was a friend to us all (Benjamin Franklin of course!)—“You may delay, but time will not.” Or take the advice of Olin Miller, someone whose claim to fame seems to be that he just wrote a lot of quotes (but, probably was also pretty friendly)—“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”
Don’t try this at home kids.
Okay, seriously, stop reading this blog and get back to work!