The tax-free weekend was last weekend. It’s the final full week in July so you know what that means; it’s time for school.

By my count it’s roughly two weeks until the start of school for a lot of people in the area and that means it’s time for all the summer procrastinators to make a decision.

So will you keep procrastinating and let it possibly affect your grade or will you get to work?

As a person who procrastinated doing anything until this point in time in the summer pretty much his entire academic career, I can’t really call the kettle black.

What I can do, however, is give advice to those who have procrastinated for this long and want to get their work done.

To those who haven’t bought your summer reading books, now is the time. You’re going to need every single day in these two weeks to finish those books.

To those who read their summer reading books in May or early June, time to reread them because trust me, you do not remember as much as you need to.

To those who have assignments, it’s time to stop looking at the packet and start working on it. Now your summer nights will be the thing you dreaded when you got the packet, work.

The best way to accomplish all of this is to create a schedule. Personally, I always liked to kill two birds with one stone at this point in the summer and also correct my sleep schedule for classes.

Summer work was one of those things that legitimately tired me out and they say reading before bed helps you sleep. So what did I do? I set a time I wanted to sleep to restart my sleep schedule and I started my work or reading about two hours before then.

The hope was that I could use the work I had to do to put me to sleep and get me back on schedule. In reality, it only sort of works. Sometimes, I’d fall asleep and other times too late, but I would still recommend for starting to get your sleep schedule back right.

The biggest problem was the reading portion. I would also have to reread about the last 10 minutes of whatever I read the night before because in my sleepy haze I hadn’t really absorbed it.

If you’re fine with having to reread a bit, the schedule can really work out in your favor.

Besides just cracking down and cramming it all, that’s about the best solution I’ve found to procrastinating. I’d say just doing the work is probably the easiest solution, but if you’re taking my advice you’re past that at this point.

To those who did their work in a timely manner, congratulations. You made the smart decision and will not have to cram.

So to the procrastinators, now is the time to get to work. This is the final stretch. Stop procrastinating now or forever hold the grade you’re going to receive.

Justin Blowers is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are his own and not the opinion of the paper. He can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at

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