On taking time….

I am a mere three days into the most stressful semester of my collegiate career. I’ve opted to take 12 credit hours during the 8 week semester using the following logic: I’d rather torture myself for 8 weeks than for 16.

Honestly, I’m not all that concerned. I took three classes last summer so how bad could it be to add one more to the mix? In my estimation, not very. I already have people looking at my cross-eyed, wondering how I manage to keep up with myself and my life. I had a friend tell me once, many years ago over dinner, that if I stopped to think about how crazy it is what I’m doing, I’d probably kill myself. So just don’t think about, keep plugging along, and finish.

That’s how I’ve been pursuing my degree for the last few years.

I started to get incredibly stressed out today over my Argumentation & Logic class, which is probably going to be the most challenging of all my courses. I have three chapters to read and close to 15 assignments to complete, all by Sunday at midnight. I almost had a nervous breakdown, but took some deep breaths and said to myself what I’ve been saying for years: Just do it. It’s got to get done, so get it done.

Then I got a really big reality check and smack to the brain.

I reviewed the required assignments and discovered that, in reality, I only have one chapter to read, three assignments to complete from said chapter, and two other fairly low-key assignments on top of that.

Why was this a reality check?

I learned the hard way (again) that I need to slow down and make sure I’m fully understanding what’s being asked of me. So many times, I find myself doing far more than I need to. Don’t get me wrong…sometimes going above and beyond is good, essential even. But when it comes to schoolwork, facts are facts. I’m only being graded on the work that’s assigned so (logically) I should only do the work that’s assigned.

I feel like I’m learning this lesson time and time and time again. Apparently it’s something that I desperately need to have drilled into my head. My thick, Type-A skull just doesn’t get it sometimes.

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