Procrastinare: “To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness” (the free dictionary)
We’ve all been there. It’s those days when you welcome any available distraction that you have the most work to do. If there are no distractions available, then make some, stupid! “Oh! Gotta feed my pets…but I don’t have any….Time to buy a pet!” “Gotta get my 8 hours of sleep. Real important right now even though I don’t need any!” “Gotta finish this 5-course meal for the clean plate club!” “Oops, laundry time!” “Hey let’s see how long it takes to redecorate my room!” And so on.
Then magically, around midnight, we suddenly have work to do. Distractions? Yeah right! Somehow you’ve managed to concentrate all of your energy into a sharp blade of focus that not even YouTube’s celebrity fluffy kittens can waver. You’ve changed your name from Hardly Working to Working Hard. You’re going all out. After all, it’s due this morning at 8 PM and you’ve known that fact for a month. It’s a strange coping mechanism: put off undesired work until you stop caring about quality and just want to get it done.
What’s worse is that eventually, after years of non-stop procrastination, it becomes a default so that even when we do have time, we follow the same old pattern. Yes, we all know the pro-tips, motivational quotes, inspirational ‘Helpful Hints for a Successful Day,’ admonishments, and resulting bad grades/product (although too often, they’re actually good grades/product, which only reinforces the cycle). But if practice makes perfect, then many of us have perfected the art of procrastination. That is to say, we’ve succeeded at nearly failing because of our last-minute saves. Perfect, at least we’ve succeeded at something. Side note: you know it’s bad when watching motivational speeches is how you procrastinate. Way to defeat the purpose.
I guess the only way to fix life on a roller coaster of deadline and presentations is to prep right before the climb as opposed to right before the big plunge. It’ll definitely reduce the stress as the hill won’t abruptly vanish, leaving us little time to register the fall. It’ll also be more exciting, as there’ll be more time to anticipate the exhilarating plunge downward rather than a couple seconds to pull yourself together, trying hard not to throw up.