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When does procrastination cross the line from harmless into a serious problem?
As a night owl with a serious Internet addiction, I have become pretty good at procrastinating over the years. Everyone procrastinates sometimes -- it’s kind of impossible not to, especially when a substantial number of assignments involve using computers. However, some people seem to have a better grasp on their problem than others. If any of the following apply to you, you might need to reconsider your general study habits -- no judgment, though.
  1. You’ve done something generally viewed as tedious in order to avoid doing your homework, such as, but not limited to, cleaning your room, doing laundry, or cleaning out your email inbox.
  2. You’ve missed out on an event you actually wanted to attend (concert, wine festival, etc.) because you were too lazy to buy tickets the day they went on sale and they sold out.
  3. You’ve pulled an all-nighter in order to complete an assignment that could be completed in two hours or less, such as a one-page response paper.
  4. You don’t relate to the multiple Internet posts about being the only person doing work in a group project because you’re usually the last one to submit your portion.
  5. You’ve had to get creative with where you get your caffeine fix because the café at the library closes at midnight, and you’re going to be at the library until at least 4 a.m.
  6. You’ve reached out to a friend you haven’t talked to in months the day before a major assignment is due.
  7. You’ve actually gotten to the point where you don’t even want to be procrastinating anymore but don’t know how to stop.
  8. You’ve decided you absolutely must kick-start your personal fitness plan, immediately, and head on over to the gym when you really should be studying.
  9. The Self Control app doesn’t help you much because you can still use your phone as a distraction.
  10. You’ve spent time calculating how many pages you must read per hour in order to finish a portion of academic reading before morning.
  11. Your talents have adapted in order to accommodate for your procrastination in a myriad of impressive ways, such as an incredible typing speed or an ability to produce paper topics on the fly.
  12. While attempting to study, you daydream about dropping out and moving to another country and adopting a new identity, professional dreams be damned.
  13. You decide to take a nap in the middle of your study session, which you justify because sleep improves cognitive function.
  14. You’ve had to stay in while all your friends go out in order to finish something that could have been completed days earlier, and experienced major FOMO as a result.
  15. When someone sends you a website link of something they find hilarious, you already know that you’ve most likely seen it before.