Friday, December 2, 2011

Focus

The main reason I have returned to school instead of studying mathematics on my own is because I have found with experience that absent the structure a university program imposes, I lack the discipline to stay as focused as the study of mathematics requires. Case in point: next week is finals week, I have several half-read books scattered around my apartment and a couple of high-priority ones that I have not yet even opened, yet it is all I can do, passing by the new-book display in the library, not to check out the book Invasive Pythons in the United States. That I will not be reading that book over this weekend is a testament to the focusing power of being in school.

But oh, will that book ever haunt me.

1 comment:

Hume's Ghost said...

"I have several half-read books scattered around my apartment and a couple of high-priority ones that I have not yet even opened"

Same here. I've got books scattered all over the place with bookmarks in them which are now pointless since its been so long that I read them that I probably need to restart (e.g. book mark on pg 300 of Asimov's Guide to the Bible, last read in '06).

I I've got piles and piles of books stacked on the floor - haven't gotten around to getting additional bookshelves - many of them books I've been highly anticipating reading only to have been distracted into reading something else.

School wouldn't do me any good, however. I generally ignored all projects or assignment I found uninteresting and read whatever I was interested in reading, anyways. My grades, of course, reflected that.