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Dear Dish-It: Procrastination Problems

Dear Dish-it,


How can I stop procrastinating and do things on time? I am always too lazy to get things done!


HomestarRunner


Dear HomestarRunner,


I used to be a HUGE procrastinator, too. Seems like the older and more responsible I get, the better I am at making sure I do things on time – even early! But when you’re a kid, it’s definitely easy to put things off until the last minute – I can totally relate. Luckily, there are things you can do to start practicing not being such a procrastinator!


Plan Ahead

The first thing you should do is get yourself a planner – a date book or a calendar that you can use to write down all your upcoming assignments, projects and goals. Whenever you get a new due date for something, write it down in your planner right away so that you won’t forget that you have to get it done!


Jot it Down

Writing down ALL of your upcoming projects, assignments and even things you have to attend, like a birthday party or a soccer game, is a very important part of learning not to procrastinate! There’s a saying that goes, “out of sight, out of mind.” That means that if you can’t see it, you’ll forget about it. So, writing things down in your planner or on your calendar – and looking through it regularly – will definitely remind you that you gotta get things done!


Set Goals

Procrastination is especially tough because, when you leave things to the last minute, you don’t leave yourself enough time to do them properly. A good idea is to break every assignment you get down into daily or weekly goals. So, if you have to hand in an essay in a month’s time, set weekly goals of getting a certain number of pages written until the due date, and write down those weekly goals so you don’t forget to meet them!


Sound Off

What do you think HomestarRunner should do? Have your say by leaving a comment below this story!


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rainbowpoptart
Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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liddielover
i hate my little sister because i get introuble for her and lose my friends to her.is that wrong?
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skylar245
skylar245 posted in Friends:
"rainbowpoptart" wrote: "skylar245" wrote: Teacher said to wait for the Bus Driver and the counselor, she just talks to me and doesn't tell The Princible Then maybe try telling the principal yourself, and you should also report that the driver, teacher, and counselor haven't done anything to help you. If that fails, tell another trusted adult, like your mother. I'm sure someone you're close to would do their best to get justice. This is a major problem and it's a shame no one's done anything to help. ​No one listens to me anyway but my friends
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rainbowpoptart
rainbowpoptart posted in Friends:
"skylar245" wrote:Teacher said to wait for the Bus Driver and the counselor, she just talks to me and doesn't tell The Princible Then maybe try telling the principal yourself, and you should also report that the driver, teacher, and counselor haven't done anything to help you. If that fails, tell another trusted adult, like your mother. I'm sure someone you're close to would do their best to get justice. This is a major problem and it's a shame no one's done anything to help.
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skylar245
skylar245 posted in Friends:
"rainbowpoptart" wrote: "skylar245" wrote: My bus driver does NOTHING about it EVEN IF HE SEE'S IT! he only wrote the two girls up but not the girl that hit me Then report them to a teacher or the school counselor. Behaviour like that is not acceptable in the slightest. ​Teacher said to wait for the Bus Driver and the counselor, she just talks to me and doesn't tell The Princible
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