Posts Tagged ‘italy’


Some buildings on the campus of the UniversitĂ  di Sapienza in Rome, Italy. They were built during the fascist era in Italy in the 30s.

I think they fit in quite well with the political ideology of the time because the architecture looks stark and functional at first glance, but is actually suffering from a seriously inflated ego…

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What I really love about Naples, Italy, is that it is a city incredibly rich in history: it begins as a Greek colony in antiquity and goes through centuries of occupation that have left their marks everywhere. Today, Naples is struggling with the poverty and corruption that are common in the south of Italy, unfortunately. Naples has gained dubious publicity through the mountains of trash that rise up on its streets when the mafia-controlled garbage collection decides to punish the Napoletani to get whatever it is they want.

I haven’t been following what has been going on in Naples lately, but last thing I heard, things were picking up a little and a promising new mayor was introducing some changes. Let’s hope for the best: Naples is an amazingly beautiful city, and it needs somebody who will take care of the archeological treasures unearthed every time a new construction site opens.

I don’t actually mind the graffiti in the picture above. Although they looked out of place to me at first, I think they show really well how past and present clash in Naples.

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It is true, fellow procrastinators: Procrastination can be overcome. It only took me around 25 years to overcome this seemingly insurmountable obstacle once.

I have a presentation due on Tuesday. Since I’m working a full shift on Monday, I decided to try to work ahead a little, and voilĂ ! Here I am, with a beautiful Sunday evening stretching emptily ahead of me.

And I guess I’ll just have to find something else to do on Monday night at 3 am. Maybe something boring and ordinary like sleeping will help me cope with the loss of the adrenaline rush that I usually enjoy at that crucial point of my industrious “preparation.”

Would you like to know how I did it? I guess it was kind of a freak accident. But I also pursued a strategy this time that was different from what I had been practicing the last two years. Over the course of these two years, my procrastination had gotten worse continuously and I kept cutting deadlines closer than the ones before. One of my friends, a psychology student, spoke about “handicapping yourself on purpose”.

Whatever you want to call it, I’ve been trying to do things differently this last month. So, instead of waiting as long as possible and then delving into the job without thinking much, I tried to get more of an overall perspective of the work ahead of me instead:

For articles or essays that were due, I wrote outlines and structured my arguments (basic procedures, I know…). For my presentation, I had to come up with some activities, so I did a little research and then started brainstorming. After that, I structured the job ahead of me into steps. And suddenly, everything fell into place, and everything seemed so simple, and that was when I had my epiphany. My mind is now as serene as the beach on the picture above.

Do you guys have any tipps on how to deal with procrastination?

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