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Combating Laziness

  1. Dec 20, 2005 #1
    Anyone have any good tips about going from a lazy student, to a good one, and how to avoid distractions?
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  3. Dec 20, 2005 #2
    When I was a student I was just plain terrified of the thought of being lumped in with the dumb kids who didn't do their homework everyday, and who attracted the wrong kind of attention from the teachers.
  4. Dec 20, 2005 #3


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    Motivation, passion. What are you interested in? What do you like to learn about even if you don't learn it in school?
  5. Dec 20, 2005 #4


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    I think the best way to avoid distractions is to become distracted with whatever you're studying at school, which will happen if you are interested in it. If you're in highschool then i don't blame you since classes can be very uninteresting sometimes, and you just have to make yourself work harder. But if you're in college and don't seem to be motivated enough to do well, then maybe your major is not the one for you.
  6. Dec 20, 2005 #5
    I'd help you, but I gotta take a nap and watch some TV.
  7. Dec 21, 2005 #6
    A lot of times, I find that laziness seeps in not because of a lack of overall interest, but a lack of (short term) motivation. For example, on certain days, you might not feel like doing homework, whether or not it's your favorite subject. Here are some suggestions:

    • Surround yourself with non-lazy people and consider their hard-working nature as a virtue. Don't surround yourself with people who will convince you to do something other than your work. This might be hard if your friends are very lazy (story of my life). However, when you do, you'll find that your work ethic will improve and you'll find it second nature to work at a higher quality.

    • Develop your integrity as a student. Your integrity as a student includes acknowledging the importance of your subject, getting to know your professors outside of 100+ seat lectures, and doing homework as though you are submitting it to someone and saying "this is an example of my competence." Sure, it's easy to get swept up in the idea that you're just an insignificant number and then bs a homework, but in the long run, you don't want to be content with just being an insignificant number, right?
    Of course, this can be a bit idealistic. There are often unavoidable circumstances when you have no choice but to bs a homework (not enough time and grasping for partial credit). The way you change your habits is to establish a philosophy to live by, and hopefully, things will slowly change for the better.

    Good luck
  8. Dec 21, 2005 #7

    trying doing some sudoku puzzles to practice your patience. It might help.
  9. Dec 21, 2005 #8
    ^Where can I get some sudoku puzzles? >_>'
  10. Dec 21, 2005 #9


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    Sudoku puzzles can be found in the crossword section of your local newspaper, or at http://sudoku.com/

    On the spot man, follow this post, and you will achieve greatness. :biggrin: Its your environment, body and mind that influence your actions. I'm sure you're not quadriplegic.
  11. Dec 21, 2005 #10
    Yeah I gotta agree with Jellfish here. I remember when I was in high school and I started hanging out with kids who were doing well in school, I began to do well in school too.

    Another sudoku website is: http://www.websudoku.com
  12. Dec 21, 2005 #11


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    Heh, it was the other way around for me. Until I changed my attitude. The people you hang with can mess up your life man. :yuck:
  13. Dec 22, 2005 #12

    Decide to stop being lazy.

    Sounds to me like you're looking for an easy way to stop being lazy, which is completely going around the problem in the first place.
  14. Dec 22, 2005 #13
    well everyone's lazy once in a while, im not a lazy person in general, but thanks for that GREAT TIP, and no im not looking for an easy way around laziness, if there was in easy way I wouldn't asking. But seriously, thx to the others that gave real advice.
  15. Dec 22, 2005 #14
    mmm....try exercising...or doing a hobby one hour a day...i liked playing pool for relaxation from studying it was a great stress reliever. Plus you learn alot about physics.
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