Tag Archives: procrastination

Living without the Internet (or How I Stopped Procrastianting)

21 Jan

Upon moving into my new room, one of the first things I did was to get out my laptop and attempt to connect to the internet. When I discovered that I couldn’t, that there would be no internet for at least the first few days of term, I almost burst into tears. It just proves how dependent on it I am, when the prospect of just a few days (which has swiftly become a week, but who’s counting?) without the internet can reduce me to a quivering wreck. But, surprisingly enouygh, I’m rather enjoying its absence.

It isn’t as though I’ve been completely deprived, having a phone with internet capabilities (albeit limited ones unless I want my phone bill to skyrocket), and a free-to-use computer room five minutes down the road, but I have cut my internet usage drastically. I’ve taken to scheduling my blog posts, checking my e-mails once or twice a day instead of the usual twelve times, and above all, not spending hours refreshing Twitter, playing free games, or Googling obscure words “just because I can.” Without my usual means of procrastination, I’ve discovered the joy that is having enough time to do everything I want to.

In fact, I’m almost dreading the moment when the internet returns. Because, despite the best of intentions, I know that I’ll revert straight back to my old habits. No more intensive studying, no more being in bed by one, just hours and hours of internet-based procrastination. Maybe I’ve just gone completely round the twist, but I love how productive not having the internet makes me. I only want it back for the TV. (Oh BBC iPlayer, how could I have taken you for granted for so long?)

An Extra Four Hours

8 Nov

This popped up in the suggestions box when I posted my last entry, and I couldn’t help but think how fitting it was. I, like many other people, can never find enough hours in my day most of the time. But this month, what with all of the challenges which I’ve taken on, I barely have time to breathe, let alone anything else. So currently, given an extra four hours per day, I would:

  • Spend more time on NaNoWriMo.
  • Spend more time on my dissertation.
  • Spend more time learning Russian verbs.
The depressing thing is, I’m not sure that an extra four hours would be enough!! And, even more depressingly, I know exactly what I would do if I was actually given those extra four hours, and it wouldn’t be anything on that list. What I would actually do would be to procrastinate, and my friend recently found a graph which illustrates this phenomenon very succinctly:
The fact that he was trawling the internet for such links when he was supposed to be working on his fourth year project is very fitting, as is the fact that I was on Facebook so see it when I should have been working on any of the things listed above. Procrastinators unite…tomorrow!