Hard work and enthusiasm are the only things able to produce great work. Chances are that if you don't want to do homework, you won't do a good job on it. If you don't care, the quality of your work will slip.
Often during the end of a school year at Fenn, I will begin to lose focus and enthusiasm in getting my work done. The school year starts off well, I get home, get most of my work done, and then I have the rest of the night to myself. But around the third term, I seem to get the idea that I don't need to get much of my work done. Half of my work is done in the morning when I get to school while the other half often doesn't get completed at all. Say I don't have any homework due the next day, but something for math is due the day after that. Instead of doing something any smart person would do and complete the math homework that night, I will literally do it at recess the day it's due.
Twice this year I've completely forgotten about math homework and walked into Mr. Bradley's class with nothing completed. Both times he asked, "Bennet, where's your homework?", both times I replied, "I don't have it", and both times he looked down at his desk and shook his head as if extremely disappointed in me.
I felt upset whenever Mr. Bradley did this, not because I was mad at him for looking disappointed, but because I knew he was right to be disappointed in me. My procrastination and unenthusiastic personality towards my school work had begun to drop my grades in all of my classes. With summer only a short term away, seemingly limitless freedom, it was (and still is) impossible to crack down on my work.
If there was one thing I could change about myself, it would be overall enthusiasm towards my schoolwork. I enjoy school (most of the time) but I wish I didn't procrastinate so much. No one can change this problem except for myself.