By NIKITA GRISE
It’s something we all face. It’s almost unavoidable. It hits you at the worst of times and takes you away from the important tasks you must get done.
Most of all it takes valuable minutes of your life away. You’re never getting those back.
Chances are you’re doing it while reading this. What’s worse is that you’re almost always aware you’re doing it, and you know you shouldn’t be.
Just because Leonardo Da Vinci got away with being one of the world’s most famous procrastinators does not, and I repeat does NOT mean you should make a habit of procrastinating too.
You start whatever task you’re supposed to be doing. You’ve got a strong train of thought going and you’re working diligently, and then — you get the munchies.
Perfect, just the excuse you need to get out of your chair and away from that academic paper due the next day.
You venture to your kitchen. Despite already knowing what you have to eat, you feel the need to search through each cupboard, pantry and section of your fridge.
You do this not once, but several times until you manage to select something yummy to eat.
By this time, you’ve wasted 20 minutes just to get a bowl of cereal and a glass of juice.
Finally satisfied, you’ve had something to eat and you’re getting back on track. Then your pen dies.
You could easily find a replacement somewhere in, on, or around your desk, but you won’t. Instead, you feel compelled to go find one at the other end of your house.
Taking your time, you shuffle off to find another pen, checking the kitchen for food on the way to see if anything new has shown up in the short time you were working.
After deciding on which colour, tip size and pen type you’d like to use, you finally make your way back to your desk at a snail’s pace.
You never get to your desk right away and it’s all because the cat is at the window begging you to let him inside.
You let kitty in and he rubs against your leg in thanks. It’d be crazy for you not to pet him, so you’ll set your pen down somewhere to pick him up and do so.
When you finally go back to your desk, you realize you forgot your new pen. So you go back to retrieve it and yet again look for a snack on the way.
By this time, you’ve wasted about half an hour (or more).
Despite how much time you’ve already burned, you feel the need to be signed into Facebook or have your phone by your side.
Ding, ding, ding! Your buddy messages you, “What’s up?”
You could say you’re intensely working on a paper that’s due tomorrow, but you won’t. Instead you respond with an “Oh, nothing much” and again are pulled away from your task.
It never ends. Next you’ll need to get up and go to the washroom.
You tried putting your headphones in to keep you on track, but when your bladder says it’s time to pee, it’s time to pee.
So you go to the washroom and instead of getting your business done quickly you’ll spend half an hour sitting on the toilet playing Angry Birds.
You could easily be in and out in two or three minutes, but no, why would that ever happen?
All things considered, you could keep your procrastination down to five or 10 minutes of wasted time.
You could take your bathroom break, get a granola bar and find a pen on your desk, but you don’t.
Instead you add to your own stress because you take so much time messing around, that you run out of a significant amount of time.
You won’t get this time you’ve spent being completely useless back; not unless you manage to create some sort of time travelling device.
If so, get in it, go back in time and smack yourself every time you get sidetracked.
All your wasted time means you more than likely have to hand that assignment in late, which is never good.
It will also mean it will be at a lower quality than you’re capable of producing. Also, not good.
It will make you appear lazy and unorganized, tagging you as undependable, irresponsible, and flat out useless. Not good at all.
So while you may have beaten another level on Angry Birds, had the most amazing bowl of cereal, and snuggled up with your cat, you’ve done nothing good for yourself.
I could have told you that yesterday, but I got distracted.
Surprisingly enough the publication of this is extremely early in light of procrastination day on June 1.
Or maybe it’s extremely late.