Doesn’t it feel like the closer we get to the end of the semester, the further away it gets? Doesn’t it feel like there’s so much work to do that it will never come?
There’s only one solution: Do the work. Do it now. This prevents you from thinking about the end of the semester, while simultaneously getting you closer to it. Thinking about your freedom from work is the root of your dissatisfaction.
And yet, freedom is worth pursuing. Consider some common examples:
Student 1: “I can’t wait until I’m done with this semester. Then it will be summer. Then I will be happy.”
Student 2: “I can’t wait until I’m done with college. Then I can get a job I want. Then I will be happy.”
Employee 1: “I can’t wait until we’re a successful organization. Then I will have prestige. Then I will be happy.”
Employee 2: “I can’t wait until I retire. Then I will be happy.”
While worthwhile, the problem I see with these examples is that the vision of freedom is entirely too small. Consider some other examples of freedom pursued:
Jeff Bezos (Amazon): “I’m going to change the way people consume.”
Elon Musk (Tesla, Solar City): “I’m going to save the planet.”
Salman Khan (Khan Academy): “I’m going to change how students learn.”
Bezos, Musk, and Khan are pursuing a much bigger definition of freedom by helping other people become free. Ironically, it’s the best definition of freedom I can come up with.