101 Ways To Avoid Studying
is a person with whom you are probably already familiar. At six o'clock
he approaches his desk, and carefully organises everything in
preparation for the study period to follow.Having everything in place
he next carefully adjusts each item again, giving himself time to
complete the first excuse: he recalls thta in the morning
he did not have quite enough time to read all the item of interest in
the newspaper. He also realises that if he's going to study it is best
to have such small items completely out of the way before settling down
the task at hand.
He therefore leaves his desk, browses through the newspaper and notices
as he browses that there are more articles of interest than he had
originally thought. He also notices, as he leafs through the pages, the
entertainment section. At this point it will seem like a good idea to
plan for the evening's first break - perhaps an interesting
half-hour programme between 8 and 8.30 p.m. He finds the programme and
inevitably starts about 7.00 p.m.
At this point he thinks ' Well, I've had a difficult day and it's not
too long before the programme starts, and I need a rest anyway and the
relaxation will really help me to get down to studying...'
He returns to his desk at 7.45, because the beginning of the next
programme was also a bit more interesting than he thought it would be.
At this stage, he still hovers over his desk tapping his book
reassuringly, as he can remembers that phone call to a friend which,
like the articles of interest in the newspapers, is the best cleared
out of the way before the serious studying begins.
The phone call, of course, is much more interesting and longer than he
originally planned, but eventually the interpid student finds himself
back at his desk at about 8.300 p.m.
At this point in the proceedings he actually sits down at the desk,
opens the book with a display of phisical determination and starts to
read ( usually page one) as he experiences the first pangs of hunger
and thirst. This is disastrous because he realises that the longer he
waits to satisfy the pangs, the worse they will get, and the more
interrupted his study will be.
the obvious and only solution is a light snack. This, in its
preparation, grows as more and more tasty items are piled onto a plate.
the snack becomes a feast.
Having removed this final obstacle the desk is returned to with the
certain knowledge that this is time there is nothing that could
possibly interfere with the following period of study. The first couple
of sentences on first page are looked at angain...as the student
realises that his stomach is decidedly heavy and a general drowsines
seems to have set in. Far better at this juncture to watch that other
interesting programme at 10 o'clock after which the digestion will be
mostly completed and the rest will enable him to really get down to the
task at hand.
At 12 o' clock we find him asleep in front of the TV. Even at this
point, when he has been woken up by whoever comes into the room, he
wiil think that things have not gone too badly, for after all he has
had a good rest, a good meal, watched some interesting and relaxing
programmes, fulfiled his social commitments to his friends, digested
the day's information, and got everything completely out of the way so
that tomorrow, at 6 o'clock...