[22.00] THE MOTIVATED STAGE
This is the time when you look at the bottom right of the computer screen and think, “Fuck. Okay no more Facebook or chitchat I really gotta work.” And then you proceed to plug in earphones, thinking that you’ll work for a solid five hours, get shit done, then get a couple hours of sleep before review. Yea well trying to plan last minute is always nice. At least you thought about planning.
[00.00] THE DISTRACTED STAGE
Okay, for some reason everything except work started popping up on your screen for quite a while before you realised. Now that’s funny. Maybe switching off the Wi-fi is a good idea? Or maybe you should just move into a corner and stay away from your friends? Or maybe both.
[01.30] THE HUNGRY STAGE
You swore to God that you were going to work properly again after that ‘brief’ break of distractions. But how is one supposed to work without energy right? Absolutely. This calls for the instant look-up of the long list of 24 hour takeaway numbers you have stored in your phone. You take like 15 minutes checking out every place, which is, obviously, reasonable. If you’re going to order food might as well take a quarter of an hour doing it right? I mean, even though you know you’re going to end up ordering McDonald’s anyways cause you’re a cheap Architecture student … looking at all the potential menus do not hurt. Totally not a waste of time.
[02.00] THE HYPER STAGE
You’ve finally rounded up people like you around studio, got food ordered, how can life get any better?! Knowing you’ve got fat, greasy, savoury food on the way makes you supremely happy for some reason, and regardless of how annoyed your neighbours look you let your music loose. If you are lucky you have an equally
terrible wonderful friend who will accompany you. For the next hour or so, you remain super happy.
[03.00] THE FOOD-COMA STAGE
Food came, you are full, and oh my God life is good. Now all you need is a nap … No no wait what? You still have half the model left and panel unfinished? You lazy little …. zzzz ….
[04.00] THE BRAIN-DEAD STAGE
You dragged your sleepy brain to the vending machine and shoved some caffeine down your gullet. Much better. Brain not functioning. Hands are now though. Good job, start cutting that cardboard. Yes right hand I’m talking to you.
[05.00] THE MACHINE-WORK-MODE STAGE
Continuous caffeine really worked its way through your system. Brain power has been sufficiently revived to prevent drooling and other such zombie-like symptoms. POWER HOUR.
[06.00] THE BELIEVE-YOU-ARE-ALMOST-DONE STAGE
Worked like a dog, getting tired, but hanging in there with the belief that you’re almost done. And as you start believing it, you start snickering at your friends because you think can you nap in half an hour. By 0700 you realise it wasn’t a good idea to slack cause… well… you’re not done yet.
[08.00] THE OMG-I-AM-ACTUALLY-ALMOST-DONE-LET’S-GET-BREAKFAST STAGE
You realised you stopped working because you thought you were ‘almost done’, but picking up the pace did get the work done eventually. Thank God. And everyone else is really kinda done or gave up at this stage, so you happy bunch head down to grab a bite together.
[10.00] THE TIME-FOR-REVIEW STAGE
You’ve tried your best *cough cough* and it is review time. You have managed to pin up on time and you are glad that your normal dress code is forever the classic architect’s monochrome because you did not shower or change. All is well. You sit tight for an hour or two until it is your turn to proudly show off your hard work. And what do you say? You take two minutes and say, “Well good morning I’m just going to keep things simple so this is my project … and it does this … and this is my concept … and this was how I was inspired … and thank you for listening that’s it.” Well. Short and sweet is the way to go.