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I see this difference mostly because, while pressure is great for me, I don't handle a lot of stress particularly well. Unlike with pressure, my sister shares this trait - only our reactions are completely different. She freaks out and shuts down, literally unable to handle too much stress. I can, but it's not good for me. When I have so much to do and I'm worrying about it - when I feel like I can't control the situation - I wrest some small measure of control back by staying up really late reading.
Yes, this sounds weird and maybe harmless. But staying up until three, four, five o'clock in the morning, until you can see the sun's rays over the horizon and hear morning birdsong, is really bad for your energy and focus. Really, really bad. (also kind of fun sometimes. but less fun when you don't really want to and you know its just a reaction to stress).
I think it's very interesting how different people can be, even when they are closely related, very alike in other ways, and have been raised by the same parents. How do you (and your siblings) react to pressure and stress?
Case study: Why this post is a bit late and less than perfectly polished
- Monday night - went for a run, did some chemistry homework, watched TV and hung out online, went to bed
- Tuesday night - 8 hours spent mostly working on my english summative presentation (also eating and taking sanity breaks). I left about 70% of a project worth 10% of my mark until the day before it was due. Bad idea.
- Wednesday day - functioned pretty well on roughly 5 hours of sleep. Gave presentation. Was happy with quality.
- Wednesday night - vegged (mostly watching TV shows featuring David Boreanaz) from dinner at around 5 until 10. At which point I woke up and started getting things done, which has led to me currently finishing this.
This is what a procrastinator looks like. I don't enjoy the exhaustion I'm facing right now due to my poor planning, but I've yet to find a better way to do things. Have you?