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Sven

sup guys

Post by Sven » Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:25 am

tell me stories about how you broke a bad habit

can be anything really

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Re: sup guys

Post by Kanzer » Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:35 am

I have beaten many bad habits by simply growing some balls.
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Re: sup guys

Post by x0_000 » Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:48 am

b-but

what if your habit is growing balls
Only in math can you buy 600 cantaloupes and not look like a nutter.

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Re: sup guys

Post by SJCrew » Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:01 pm

I quit my porn addiction because my girlfriend asked me to. I've been clean for about 4 months.
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Re: sup guys

Post by The Saffron Emperor » Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:59 pm

I believe Sven was asking about something a little bit more descriptive and something a tad bit serious. So I'm going to put myself out there and open for ridicule (because I would honestly ridicule all of you - Deoxy for being an alcoholic, and SJ for being a pervert, etc).

I'm currently in the process of breaking one of the hardest habits (and I think it's bad) I've ever faced: procrastination. Now, while many of you may laugh at this, for me I think it's tremendously serious. Ever since the 2nd grade I would procrastinate EVERY SINGLE TASK that has been given to me. I didn't turn in forms until the last minute or I wouldn't study for tests until the last minute etc. I would do anything in my power to keep from doing something else. At first I thought I was addicted to TVs, Video Games, what have you, but in reality if it wasn't for those distracting activities it would be anything because I caught myself running to the beach and returning home six hours later because I didn't want to buy milk for the house.

Right now it may sound like some overly dramatic thing, but it's the most frustrating thing in the world because it's a habit, and I can't for the life of me completely break it. Right now I'm the farthest I've ever been by just taking notes in class. I've failed classes (in college which is a big deal because it's very expensive) and I've lost out on tons of financial aid money because I just want to shirk ALL my responsibilities. I have the motivation, well I should say goal, I just don't have the discipline or the consistency. There could be tons of psychological implications that I'm unaware of, but for right now, I'm just forcing myself to do something (chores, notes, responsible tasks) and it's taking me every ounce of my will to just stay away from picking up a damn book to read instead.

In the back of my head I know I'm going to revert back to my horrendous habits, and that's what's the biggest struggle right now. Mentally believing in myself. I need help from friends to make do something but that's just dependency and I have to be able to do it all on my own or how else would I become the adult I WANT to be. Laziness, procrastination, whatever are just these mountains in my head and really I can almost feel the incline killing my clawing fingers. Right now it's sheer will and it's working, but like I said previously, there are more things that I need to do to ensure complete dominance over this crumpets. 1) is consistency. Habits become habits after 40 cycles. Just out-last it and your body adjusts. 2) take on an anchor. I'm looking for someone I know well enough to help me out. This is hard because I have to find someone INTERESTED in personally helping me and people are busy. 3) remove self-doubt. The absolute hardest thing for anyone with a flailing ego (as you can see by the way I lash out at others, you alcoholic perverts) to accomplish. And this comes from little victories. I'm happy I can take notes in class. I'm happy I can take out the trash on time or wake up early. Each win is that, a win. I think it'd be best if you marked these down so you can remember what you have done and accomplished and I'm probably going to do that too.

Hope this was an interesting read, because I felt weird typing it. So meh. Sorry for editing problems. Not wearing my contacts and I can't see the screen.
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Re: sup guys

Post by Guest » Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:57 am

[quote="Deoxy"]I always thought you're supposed to study your hardest last minute so it's fresh in your mind?[/quote]

aha

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Re: sup guys

Post by Kanzer » Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:05 am

That's what I did for last wednesday's Stratigraphy exam, with nine-tastic results.
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Re: sup guys

Post by Dragon Fogel » Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:38 am

The key to procrastination is to work around it. Your goal isn't to slay the big bad procrastination monster, it's to get things done. So look at how procrastination works, and work out ways to trick it so you get things done while still feeling like you're procrastinating.

First off, procrastinators typically leave a task alone until a deadline is imminent. To work around this, impose your own deadlines! Make a list of things to do each day. For big tasks, split them up into smaller ones - if you've got an essay to write, for instance, split it into "write X paragraphs of the essay" for a couple of days. When I do this, it works fine for a while, then I stop bothering with the list for a while. However, whenever I pick the list up again, it starts working again for a few days, which is good enough to get some things done and break out of a rut.

Second, when you're procrastinating, you'll do pretty much anything to avoid doing whatever task you're currently avoiding. So why not do one task to avoid doing another? Again, you'll probably want to split big tasks up into smaller ones for this. It may take some mental adjustment to get used to the idea, but basically, when you need to get milk, instead of going for a six-hour walk to avoid it, spend some time on that homework you're trying to avoid instead. Okay, after doing a little homework, you don't feel like doing it any more and you want to do something else? Put it off by getting some milk!

Both of these are strategies which focus on getting more done in the short-term rather than dealing directly with the procrastination itself. However, the whole issue with procrastination is that you don't get much stuff done in the short term, (most procrastinators still meet deadlines, they just don't do anything until the deadline is imminent) so anything that helps that, even temporarily, is a victory.
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Re: sup guys

Post by SJCrew » Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:43 am

I don't get why people think that doing everything the hard way makes you a better person. I take things easy and my life runs easily. Blowing stuff off at my convenience works for me. I can't explain how nor why, but it's like I'm legally cheating the system. I work my way, get things done my way, and succeed. Label me foolish if you wish, but I feel that I'll never break my ways and the way things are going right now, I'm not sure I want to.
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Re: sup guys

Post by Tronn_Bonne » Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:10 am

Violence solves all habits.
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Re: sup guys

Post by Linkman » Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:21 am

SJCrew wrote:I don't get why people think that doing everything the hard way makes you a better person. I take things easy and my life runs easily. Blowing stuff off at my convenience works for me. I can't explain how nor why, but it's like I'm legally cheating the system. I work my way, get things done my way, and succeed. Label me foolish if you wish, but I feel that I'll never break my ways and the way things are going right now, I'm not sure I want to.
Working at your own pace is the most important thing you could do. Overworking yourself isn't healthy, really, and as long as you're getting things done I don't see any problems.

The whole "doing things the hard way" thing is just character building. It's supposed to teach you not to take shortcuts in life. Like stealing rather than working.
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Re: sup guys

Post by The Saffron Emperor » Tue Sep 30, 2008 2:24 pm

Not to come off as on the offensive on your way or style SJ (or those that agree with him) but when I know I'm capable of more, then why settle for less? I turned in a project last quarter and got a C grade because well, I waited until the last minute. Don't tell the kiddies this, but "C's get degrees" and you can underachieve and still get a great job that pays well and own a house and all that, but why just settle for that C? Why not get the fudge A, brag it off, feel good about myself, and furthermore benefit from cheaper auto-insurance, apply for better jobs (as a student) maybe even get scholarship money and study abroad?

Life is easy when you take it easy, but if you try your hardest, I'm a firm believer that you're rewarded in kind.

(THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT HARDEST = SMARTEST. Because well, I know tons of hard-working miners that don't get jack squat, but well, that just means they're trying their hardest, just not applying it well.)

Either way, I presented a habit I'm trying to break and I took the advice posted earlier to heart.
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Re: sup guys

Post by Sven » Wed Oct 01, 2008 12:13 pm

UNFORTUNATELY CERTAIN PROFESSIONS DO NEED TO TRY FAIRLY DAMN HARD IN SCHOOL AND GET THEIR AS AND GRADUATE TOP OF THE CLASS IF THEY WANT A JOB WITH A SALARY THAT WOULD BE WORTH THEM HAVING SPENT ALL THEIR TIME AND MONEY.

SEE: LAWYER

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Re: sup guys

Post by Hans Stockmann » Wed Oct 01, 2008 12:22 pm

In conclusion, Marxy is Coach. I'm awaiting for his avatar to abruptly get a lensflare atop the left eye any second.
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Re: sup guys

Post by SJCrew » Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:53 pm

The Saffron Emperor wrote:Not to come off as on the offensive on your way or style SJ (or those that agree with him) but when I know I'm capable of more, then why settle for less? I turned in a project last quarter and got a C grade because well, I waited until the last minute. Don't tell the kiddies this, but "C's get degrees" and you can underachieve and still get a great job that pays well and own a house and all that, but why just settle for that C? Why not get the fudge A, brag it off, feel good about myself, and furthermore benefit from cheaper auto-insurance, apply for better jobs (as a student) maybe even get scholarship money and study abroad?

Life is easy when you take it easy, but if you try your hardest, I'm a firm believer that you're rewarded in kind.
Uh, problem is, I don't underachieve. I'm a straight-A student who takes advanced classes and such (I've even attended an advanced school), and I work hard at what I do, just not immediately. I can still get work done if I wait until about an hour before I go to sleep to do everything, I just have to try harder in less time. It always has worked for me and it still does, so until I receive some kind of epiphany that tells me otherwise, I see no reason to change.
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Re: sup guys

Post by The Saffron Emperor » Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:40 pm

noted and supported. Go SJ.
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Re: sup guys

Post by Linkman » Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:01 pm

If that is the case, SJ, it will come and bite you in the ass eventually. I've found that way of life doesn't quite work in uni.
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Re: sup guys

Post by Sniffit II » Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:40 pm

I broke the habit of not practicing my keyboards by, a) getting a keyboard which worked, and b) finding some music I wanted to play...

Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor all the way...

Now I just need a keyboard big enough to play it... With pitchbend wheel... WOO
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Re: sup guys

Post by Kanzer » Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:24 pm

Linkman wrote:If that is the case, SJ, it will come and bite you in the ass eventually. I've found that way of life doesn't quite work in uni.
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Re: sup guys

Post by Alecat » Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:54 am

Kanzer wrote:
Linkman wrote:If that is the case, SJ, it will come and bite you in the ass eventually. I've found that way of life doesn't quite work in uni.
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Seconded.

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Re: sup guys

Post by Sven » Sat Oct 04, 2008 7:31 am

i'm sure some people could get away with the blatant laziness and underachieving

see: arts majors

but in the sciences no i don't think you could show up to an exam totally baked and expect to be able to reasonably do whatever it is you do lol

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Re: sup guys

Post by x0_000 » Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:18 am

actually I heard someone did that exact thing at UWaterloo in a math final

passed with an 80
Only in math can you buy 600 cantaloupes and not look like a nutter.

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Re: sup guys

Post by Sven » Sat Oct 04, 2008 9:48 am

my hero

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Re: sup guys

Post by Bog » Sat Oct 04, 2008 7:22 pm

Broken a bad habit? Hm....

I guess laziness is a bad habit? Well nowadays I actually do the work at college rather than just doing the bare minimum or thinking up some lame excuse. I guess that's good. My grades have improved big time.

Nowadays I'm also generally more active on the social front - going out most weekends and some weekdays to hang out with old school/church friends. A few years ago, my social life comprised of going to see a nerd friend to play Monopoly. >_>

Unfortunately, I still haven't grown out of some habits which most people stop during early childhood. I bite my nails right down to the line. I physically need to or I'll go crazy because "my nails are too long". They're actually slightly disfigured due to that. Guess I need to stop it.

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Re: sup guys

Post by Blame Game » Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:07 pm

but in the sciences no i don't think you could show up to an exam totally baked and expect to be able to reasonably do whatever it is you do lol
cheating lol

not that hard

I'm just assuming here of course because I'm a good person, but just sayin >_> like work isn't that hard to avoid if you're an asshole.

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Re: sup guys

Post by SJCrew » Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:23 pm

Yeah, but it's ultimately a waste of time, since you pass all of the criteria, but obtain none of the knowledge.
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Re: sup guys

Post by Linkman » Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:58 am

True, but then again they do say you use very little of what you learn in uni when you get to work.

I still hate the cheating bastards.
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Re: sup guys

Post by Xenesis » Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:22 pm

To be fair, from what I've heard from the Phd students and associate professors, they've all written their best academic papers when completely and utterly smashed.
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Re: sup guys

Post by Sven » Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:02 pm

watson or crick - can't remember which, was basically on LSD throughout the entire process of discovering DNA

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