Just Another Snarky Student Blog

September 9, 2007

Homework Guilt: Endlessly Interfering with Procrastination

Filed under: guilt,reading,school,writing — justanothersnarkystudentblog @ 12:24 am




Grade A Guilt  Neverending

Not even a mother instills guilt in the way that a big stack of unread reading does.

Those of us who have endless reading (and reading and reading) know the feeling…

You know the one.. it can only be said in French? Deja Vu.

(Here we go again… )

It creeps up on you, at first just a tickle in the back of your mind, then a minor distraction to your procrastination, then a full-body infliction: Homework GUILT.

You should be doing your reading (..and reading and reading)

You should be doing your writing (..and writing and writing)

..but sometimes you really, really, need a break, damnit!

That’s one of the endless troubles of being a student: when you’re not doing homework, you start to feel guilty.


This is how it goes:

1. Do homework.

2. Need momentary break.

3. Get distracted on break.

4. Feel guilty about taking break (and not doing homework).

5. Eventually get back to homework, if only to stop the overwhelming sense of self-destruction and criticism that comes with homework-guilt.


Sure, you’re only running down the hall to go pee (..but then you run into a friend and start chatting)

Sure, you’re only grabbing lunch a couple blocks over (..but then you remember you need new sunglasses)

Sure, you’re only taking a much-needed-break (..which turns into a marathon of seemingly welcome distractions: laundry, phone and the internet only being the start)


So, you ask, what is the single best way to eliminate homework guilt?

Never. Stop. Homeworking.

(Hey, I didn’t say you’d like it!)


The life of a college student: Your “free time” is never your own..

(..and I should get back to work!)





  1. I think you’ve touched on a point here that we can all relate to…

    Comment by Art — September 9, 2007 @ 2:00 am

  2. Yeah, the guilt associated with procrastination invades every activity in every walk of life. Sometimes I have to wonder if the “joy” of procrastination is my motivation for doing my work. Then again, maybe not.

    Comment by justanothersnarkystudentblog — September 10, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

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