As the ramp up to finals begins in earnest this week, most of us can expect our level of internet-based procrastination to sky-rocket.
It is well-documented that procrastination increases as finals approach, and in the computer age, it only makes sense that much of this procrastination will take place on the computer.
During the semester, without horrifying tests and deadlines hanging over our heads, it feels okay to waste a couple of hours on touch football, happy hour, or a movie. But with finals looming, there’s just no excuse for not being at your desk – even if you’re not really working.
Like most universal problems, this one is Freudian. And what I mean by that is I think I heard somewhere that Freud said something analogous to it, but completely unrelated.
In the spirit of pop psychologists everywhere, I’ve thrown caution and intellectual honesty to the wind in order to present to you, in brief form: Freud’s Theory of Finals Procrastination.
Most law students, like most people, instinctively would prefer not to spend entire days sitting at a desk, studying. This is the pleasure principle in action. Finals period, however, forces us to suppress these urges for weeks at a time. This is the reality principle at work. The process of repressing and restraining our instincts causes psychological discontent and makes us want to rebel. Because we would fail if we truly rebelled, our rebellion takes the form of increased procrastination which, because it must take place at a desk, now tends to be internet-based.
Profound, I know. Don’t bother questioning the logic; it's directly from Freud’s mouth and it’s flawless.
As is the case with most psychological afflictions, diagnosing the problem is the first step to combating it. Although the clash between the pleasure and reality principles is likely here to stay, controlling the clash can improve your quality of life and your productivity.
For instance, if you know that you’re going to end up wasting a significant amount of time messing around on the internet, you might try getting out of the house for a little while instead.
By indulging that urge to get away from the desk for an hour or so, you may decrease your internet procrastination backlash and end up saving yourself some time and some piece of mind.
Trust me, if Freud
had internet access, he’d
be all over the porn sites agree.